I've recently gotten very involved in using 3d printing for model rocketry. These include printing assemblages such as fin cans for integrated fin alignment and aerodynamic fin shapes. My presentation will cover lessons learned and cover the process from CAD design, printing, post processing and rocket assembly. I will use as a case study a LPR rocket that kids can print, build and fly. I will also briefly mention several high power rocket projects that I am working on. This includes an even larger Upscale Deuce's Wild with 2x38mm motors.
The principal audience is aimed at getting kids jazzed about model rocketry and offering them something that they can print and fly. Goodnow library is putting together a makerspace, so this presents the opportunity for local 3d printing.
3d printing and model rocketry
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I saw a detailed presentation on this topic at the Northern Illinois Rocketry Convention this past Saturday. It opened my mind to the possibilities of this technology when the parts are designed and produced properly. I've been jaded by too many student groups making something that looked good on the outside but hadn't been given any thought as to the structural issues.
I hope you get a good audience for this, Curtis. If it's a Power Point presentation or a pdf, maybe we can post it in our How To Articles.
The Goodnow library has a 3d printer. It is available for public use. I checked, and anyone can submit a design. Only one design may be submitted per week, and it must have a printing time of 6 hrs or less. The cost is $1/hour (which is low, as these servces go). There are only a couple of materials to choose from,