DRAGON - MJ
Crew Dragon Spacecraft - Model J (Product ID: DRAGON-MJ)
What is this?
This is a 3D printed scale model designed based on the SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft. The DRAGON-MJ is a bigger version of the DRAGON-MS model, it also has plenty of new features which aren’t available on the earlier version.
This model was made to celebrate the Crew-1 mission. I hope it can be used not only to inspire more children to become astronauts in the future, but also to pursue STEM careers when they grow up.
How can I purchase this model?
You can either (1) download the STL files and make it yourself on your 3D printer OR (2) order the 3D printed model directly from us. If you choose to order the 3D printed model, you can also decide whether you want to receive it fully assembled or as a kit (so you can assemble the model yourself)
STL files: £60 (Warning: The DRAGON-MJ is a large model and you need a printer with a build volume of at least 210x210x200mm to print this model)
3D printed model: £550 (shipping not included)
* The DRAGON-MJ model comes with 4 seated astronauts. However, you can purchase extra astronauts at the cost of £15 per astronaut (you can select either standing or seated astronaut – the seated one can sit inside the Capsule). Please note: All astronauts are printed in White and you need to paint them yourself.
*The DRAGON-MS is the smaller version of this DRAGON-MJ model. If you prefer the DRAGON-MS model, you can also purchase either the STL files or 3D printed model from us. Please note: there are some differences between the MS and MJ models, please see below for more details
STL files: £40
3D printed model: £260 (shipping not included)
LICENSE: The STL files of this model are property of MORE THAN 3D LIMITED.
Besides personal use, please DO NOT copy or share to a third party, or use for any other purposes (e.g. commercial) without the express written consent of MORE THAN 3D LIMITED. Thank you.
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The DRAGON-MJ is a 1/20 scale model, which is significantly larger than the 1/27 scale DRAGON-MS model. Also, the DRAGON-MJ model has plenty of new features compared to the previous DRAGON-MS model:
– The Body of the pressurised module is more accurate to the real vehicle
– New Heat Shield design with a pattern on the bottom representing the tiles on the real vehicle. Also, magnet holes are also hidden on this new design
– A removable interior lighting unit for the cabin (this is an optional upgrade, you’ll need to purchase this separately)
– New Soft Capture System design which allow you to extend and lock in place by turning
– New Seat design (more accurate to the real vehicle)
– New Screen design with more details
– Better Trunk design, the ‘Claw’ can now be attached to the Trunk via magnets
– 4x Seated astronauts
– However, due to its large size, the DRAGON-MJ model doesn’t come with a horizonal Stand as the DRAGON-MS model
Overall dimensions: Trunk Diameter (without fins): 195mm, Height (top of Nose Cone to bottom of the Trunk): 405mm
Manufacturing lead time: 2 weeks
Total number of 3D printed parts: 69
Material used: Ultimaker PLA
3D printer: Ultimaker S5.
This model was designed using publicly available material from the internet including CAD models, videos and pictures of the real SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft. See list below for more details:
Pressurised Crew Section
The pressurised crew section was designed based on the existing Draco Pod model by Prot0typ1cal (see LINK). He has done a fantastic job modelling the outer body of the spacecraft so I used his model (with his permission) as reference and added my personal touches. I re-designed almost every part of the original model so they can be fitted together without having to use super glue. Instead, most parts are held together either by magnets or just friction between them. This has allowed my model to be fully stripped down and rebuilt as many time as required. Only a very small number of parts are glued together (e.g. the Monitor and Monitor Stand). I would like to thank Daniel Thompson for the new design of the Heat Shield on this model.
Astronauts in SpaceX ‘s Suit
I came across the SpaceX Astronant model, designed by Gil P. de Paulo on GrabCAD (see LINK) and I think it would be a really nice touch to print this model at the right scale and put it next to the spacecraft model. This would definitely help people (including myself) to understand the true scale of the real SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft in reality (as many of us don’t have the luxury to see it with our own naked eyes). Credits also go to Trevor Page from Tesla Owners Online for modifying the original standing astronaut design to seated astronaut for this MJ model. If you would like to subscribe to his YouTube channel, please click on this LINK
I wanted to add some interior to this model as well, rather than just the outer body, therefore, I decided to give it a go. The interior of the model comprises of a ‘giant’ monitor, which is fixed to the ‘floor’ via a stand. On the real spacecraft, the monitor is actually mounted to the ceiling. However, as I wanted to show this feature once the outer body panel is removed, I decided to fix it to the ‘floor’ instead of the ceiling.
There are 4 seats in total in this model, each seat can be adjusted separately (incline/recline and spin around the x-axis) as I tried to replicate their movement as per the real ones (e.g. the seats are lowered and facing the entry hatch when the spacecraft is on the ground to help astronauts get in/out with ease. Before lift-off, these seats are tilted backward and also raised upwards closer to the monitor).
I would like to give my special thanks to Steve Cox for designing these new seats for the MJ model – they look so much better and more accurate than those on the MS model
Unpressurised Cargo Section (aka. Trunk)
I designed the Trunk (unpressurised cargo section) from scratch based on the photos/videos of the spacecraft available on the SpaceX’s website (see LINK). I tried to replicate the exterior of the Trunk as much as I can, including the number of radiators, solar panels and their locations around the Trunk. I also added my personal touch by designing a secret compartment hidden inside the Trunk. From the outside, the Trunk looks like it was printed as a solid block – however, if you spin the bottom of the Trunk slightly to disengage its simple locking mechanism, the bottom part of the Trunk will slide out very smoothly, revealing its secret compartment – where you can keep some of your precious treasure inside. The other way to open the Trunk is to use the magnets on the bottom of the Heat Shield of the Pressurised Crew Section (for more detail – see assembly instructions below)
How to print and assemble this model by yourself?
If you have decided to purchase the STL files to make this model by yourself, please click on the button below for full print and assembly instructions.
If you come across any issues, please do not hesitate to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
1, Does it fly? No, it doesn’t
2, Can the model be stripped down to piece part level? Yes, very few parts are glue together on this model. Most of them are held together by magnets
3, Does the model come in a cardboard box? Yes, the model is well packed. It comes in a box with foam/bubble wrap
4, Does the model come fully assembled or as a kit? The model comes fully assembled but if you prefer to build it yourself, please let us know and we’ll send you a kit instead. Cost will be the same as the model is really easy to assemble.
5, Does the model come with the stickers? No, this is optional. If you want the stickers, you can request from us and we’ll add to your order. The images below illustrate how the model looks like with the stickers on.
6, Does the model come with LED light for the Interior? No, this is optional. If you want the Interior Lighting Upgrade, you can request from us and we’ll add it to your order (£15). Please follow this LINK to find out more about this upgrade.
7, Do you supply standing astronaut figures? Yes, we do. You can purchase standing astronaut figure at the cost of £15/each. Please note that all astronauts are printed in White and you need to paint them yourself.