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3D model description
The SpaceX Cargo Dragon is a variant of the Crew Dragon and is intended to take supplies to the ISS and back keeping our orbital laboratory up and running. Even without the Super Draco engines, Cargo Dragon keeps a lot of the iconic lines of the crewed version and still presents some strong visual and operational characteristics of its own.
The model was designed using the latest references available of the debut flight of Cargo Dragon C208 as well as references from Crew Dragon. Including the subtle differences between Cargo and Crew Dragon, the model captures an unique amount of detail such as panel lines, doors, windows, hinges, heatshield tiles and solar panels. With removable nose cone and docking mechanism, this model can be displayed in two different configurations, Flying and Docking. Additionally, the trunk and the capsule can be separated and put together as desired. The design of the parts allow for the printing in the respective main colours of the spacecraft, another unique feature of this model. Obviously that even more details can be added with minor painting and post processing if you are a rigorous Dragon fan.
The scale of 1/32 makes a great model with 265 mm height that will certainly be an eye-catcher even for the non-familiar with space. On its original scale, a regular print bed of 200 X 200 mm and a 0.4 mm nozzle is all that you need for great results with this print. For smaller scales it is recommended to use smaller nozzles (0.3 mm and 0.2 mm ). The tolerances are well within 0.2 to 0.5 mm so just minor sanding and filling will be required if you have a tuned printer. The assembly process does not require any special tools other than glue, files and sandpaper for the finishing. While more experienced modellers are likely to have an easy time building this model, the instruction PDF guides you almost autonomously so you do not have to be an expert in Assembly, Integration and Testing (AIT) of spacecraft to complete the task.
Cargo Dragon together with Crew Dragon will certainly catch the attention in the collection of any SpaceX fan and space enthusiasts!
If you have any feedback, questions, suggestions or just want to share the results of your print feel free to contact me. Cheers!
Additional Materials Required
Recommended: At least 4 strong magnets (neodymium magnets) of 10 mm diameter and 5 mm height
Optional: 2 strong magnets (neodymium magnets) of 5X5X5 mm and 1 strong magnet (neodymium magnet) of 5X5X2 mm
3D printing settings
Layer heights and support are suggested in the instruction for each file. Infill ranging from 15% to 20% suits most of the parts.
- 3D file format: PDF and RAR
- Publication date: 2020/12/28 at 16:57
Space Engineer during the day, modeller and troubleshooter of printers during the night. Dedicated to mainly space-related models, but also ranging from RC to a bunch of other things. Follow me on Instagram (@3d.tm) for more details of what's coming next.
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