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jharding58 11-14-2013 05:20 PM

Mercury Capsule 3D printing
 
I have whined and cajoled with Estes until I have probably worn out my welcome (just ask Christine) but there is little chance of seeing the 1/35 Mercury capsule kit released. I have approached an alternative by contacting a 3D printing service. His opinion is that the complete plastic model can be printed intact from ABS without too much problem, even down to the capsule being hollow. While I am willing to examine this I am curious as to anyone's experience with 3D print shops? Also, are there legal ramifications with Horizon if I am using these for my personal use - ok, if I am using these to be included with a completed model which is subsequently sold? Do I need to sell the finished model of the Redstone and donate the capsule to not be deriving financial benefit from a copyrighted item?

jharding58 11-14-2013 05:33 PM

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I mean, they can do this...

Green Dragon 11-14-2013 08:14 PM

Not sure why there would be an isue with licensing a scale model design, if anything the rights are owned by NASA or else , especially due to being taxpayer funded, are public domain.

Sounds like a great project, I've been looking into 3d printing myself for some non modelling work, nothing too serious yet, so interested in what you come up with .

CPMcGraw 11-14-2013 09:25 PM

If you're going to go that route, why bother duplicating something that wasn't terribly scale to start with? Take some time first and work up more accurate drawings of the capsule, possibly adding details to the inside that was never in the kit versions. If nothing else, get the outside as accurate as possible (rivet counting). Doing that alone should be enough to eliminate (or reduce considerably) any legal issues.

Gus 11-15-2013 12:40 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by jharding58
I have whined and cajoled with Estes until I have probably worn out my welcome (just ask Christine) but there is little chance of seeing the 1/35 Mercury capsule kit released.


I'm curious as to what you've been told regarding why no more 1/35 Mercury Capsules. I know it seemed like the capsule pieces of the most recent issue had fit problems, probably because the molds were getting old. but I'm wondering if you learned anything more.

Steve

Bill 11-15-2013 01:20 AM

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Originally Posted by CPMcGraw
If you're going to go that route, why bother duplicating something that wasn't terribly scale to start with? Take some time first and work up more accurate drawings of the capsule, possibly adding details to the inside that was never in the kit versions. If nothing else, get the outside as accurate as possible (rivet counting). Doing that alone should be enough to eliminate (or reduce considerably) any legal issues.



Second that. He can probably sell enough of them to get his free.


Bill

DavidQ 11-15-2013 02:30 AM

Nasa has 3D models in .3DS format for many objects, including the Mercury capsules, here and here.

My 3D printing software isn't reading that specific format, so I'm unable to test out whether it work for 3D printing, yet.

Robobud 11-15-2013 07:38 AM

What 3D printing software are you using?

DavidQ 11-15-2013 08:32 PM

I'm using FreeCad for drawing, which doesn't seem to import .3DS files. The printer software, Repetier, uses .STL files. My method has been to load images into FreeCad, and save as .STL, but I didn't see how to do that with the Mercury capsule 3D model from NASA.

shrox 11-15-2013 08:46 PM

I have some of my 3D models I can offer.


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