DRAGON - MS

Crew Dragon Spacecraft - Model S (Product ID: DRAGON-MS)

What is this?

This is a 3D printed scale model designed based on the SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft – which was used in the Demo-2 mission!

Background: SpaceX has become the first private company to launch human beings into orbit, after its Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft – carrying two NASA astronauts – successfully blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday the 30th May 2020. On the following day (Sunday the 31st May 2020), SpaceX’s new Crew Dragon spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS), marking another major milestone for SpaceX’s first crewed mission of the Crew Dragon!

Inspired by the successful launch of the new SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, I decided to make this 3D printed model, which 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 DRAGON-MS 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: £40
3D printed model: £260 (shipping and display case not included**)
* The DRAGON-MS model comes with 2 standing astronauts. However, you can purchase extra astronauts at the cost of £10 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   
** Due to Covid-19, we are currently experiencing a global shortage of acrylic sheets. Therefore, the display case is currently unavailable to order with the model at the moment. We are very sorry for this. If you wish to source your own display case, the one used in the photos is 330(L)x200(H)x200(D) mm.

Please note: there is a bigger version of this model available on our website: DRAGON-MJ
STL files: £60
3D printed model: £550 (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. 

Ready to order? 

The DRAGON-MS model has a ton of additional/upgrade features that aren’t available on the DRAGON-M3 model, which are:

– A soft capture system (designed based on the NASA docking system – which was used on the real SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft) 
– A removable entry hatch
– A removable outer body (to reveal interior of the spacecraft)
– Full interior including 4 seats and a “giant” monitor (based on the interior of the Crew Dragon Capsule)
– 4 fully adjustable seats (incline/recline and spin around the x-axis)
– Removable main hatch (on the ceiling)
– Better Trunk design
– Secret compartment in the Trunk
– Upgraded windows
– Super cool Stand to hold the model horizontally (as illustrated in the photos)
– All main parts are re-designed (e.g. heat shield, body panel, ceiling, floor, thruster) so they can be fitted together without having to use super glue.

Scale: 1/27
Overall dimensions: Trunk Diameter (without fins): 130mm, Height (top of Nose Cone to bottom of the Trunk): 290mm
Manufacturing lead time: 1 week
Total number of 3D printed parts: 62
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)

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)

Interior
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 came across a racing seat design on GrabCAD by Badulescu Stefan (see LINK) a while ago and since it looks really nice, I decided to adopt his design for this 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 sales@morethan3d.com 

How to safely unbox this model by yourself?

If you have decided to purchase the 3D printed model from us, please click on the button below for full unboxing and assembly instructions. 
If you come across any issues, please do not hesitate to contact us via sales@morethan3d.com 

FAQ

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 it 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 seated astronaut figures that can sit inside the model? Yes, we do. You can purchase seated astronaut figure at the cost of £10/each.

Photo credit: SuperKungFu

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Joe Smith
Joe Smith
5 months ago

How much PLA will the print use?

Simon Laprida
Simon Laprida
6 months ago

what scale is it?

Stacey O'Nan
Stacey O'Nan
11 months ago

Love the work. When are you going to put it into production?
When will you have the whole rocket kit.
I would love the whole model to build.
Putting the engines together to the fule system to the dragon capsule.

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