Falcon Heavy and Falcon 9 3D print model

This model has been revised and improved. It now fits tighter and corrections were made. I was inspired to create this rocket model after watching the test launch of Space X's Falcon Heavy. Italso includes a detailed Dragon lander with hatches that open and close.

As usual, I designed it to be 3d printable without external supports and as easy as possible to assemble.

All the pieces slot together with a medium to tight fit, so some clean up may be required on some pieces. No glue (Apart from greeblies) will be required.

I also designed adapters so that 50mm PVC pipe can be used for the main body sections to reduce printing time. I have supplied greeblies(detail) that can be glued onto the PVC for some detail.

All pieces fit into each other, so I made mine shorter than the Falcon heavy. So yes... Elon's is bigger than mine. ;)

The total height would be close to a meter high if the correct number of sections is used on this model.

The landing legs snap open with the use of pistons and closes by clipping onto the body. So it can be displayed with the landing legs up or down. I show the release button on the pistons facing up in my video, but for better stability, the piston must be turned around so that the release button is on the bottom.

Items supplied:

  • Main Centre rocket
  • 2 side boosters with attachments
  • Stage 2 rocket with Dragon payload
  • Payload with TESS Satelite
  • Scale workers with fire hose
  • Assembly PDF
  • Mini Tesla
  • Dragon Detailed (Larger and fits larger fairing)
  • Dragon Solid (Smaller and fits Stage 2)

If you are interested in the Free iPad stand design, then follow the link below: iPad Stand - https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2914197

I hope you like this model! Enjoy!

  • ddany-thivierge
    2019-02-12 19:08
    the Dragon capsule is not to scale, it should not require the large adapter... widht is 12 feet just like the F9 rocket...
    • antsinafricaantsinafrica
      2019-02-12 23:18
      Yeah, thanks, it was pointed out to me a few days ago, so I added a second version that correctly fits Stage two of the rocket, but it is so much smaller that the detail on the Dragon would be unprintable, so I included both in the package. I should probably change the thumbnails to show this.
    • jacob1998jacob1998
      2019-07-26 14:29
      • ffluza
        2019-09-04 18:20
        • bberniewoolf
          2020-02-16 19:10
          I've just started what will be a massive print! Looking pretty good so far. The docking components of the Dragon capsule all seem to fit together very well. Looking forward to finishing and painting.
          • antsinafricaantsinafrica
            2020-02-23 21:44
            Awesome! Love to hear success stories and I seem to have found a good balance with tolerances on this. I have a bag of test pieces to show for it :-) Hearing responses like yours gives me great relief! Please send pics if you can! I would love to see what how it turns out! I am also building a gallery that I would like to show in an update/upgrade/additions video. Your name and photos will be animated somehow as in all my videos, and maybe even a competition?
            • bberniewoolf
              2020-02-24 07:01
              Ha! Images will be no problem, though from experience, pics tend to show every flaw! Prints have to be done at very high resolution, which means they take many hours (days in some cases). If not, I have to spend a long time filling and sanding, and losing detail each time. I'm still trying to find the best compromise. I've built the detailed Dragon and will happily send a pic when finished..... how do I send it? cheers
          • 443moon
            2020-02-23 23:14
            This is a fun build. I am doing the metric PVC version. What lengths do I need to cut the various sections of carbon fiber tube to?
            • bberniewoolf
              2020-02-26 17:58
              Hi 43moon. If it helps, I can give you the dimensions of the printed F9 sections. The three sections measure a total of 340mm when joined, and not including the 'F_Land_Gear_Mount' or any other parts, AND not including the reduced diameter parts where the sections join. The two upper are each 200mm long.. again, not including the reduced areas where the sections join. Happy to msg you pics if that helps.
              • 443moon
                2020-02-27 04:42
                Thank you very much. Pictures might help (I’m a visual person). Trying to determine the total number of sections that I need, and their lengths.
                • bberniewoolf
                  2020-02-27 19:51
                  OK. No problem. Got an email addr or some place to send/place pics? I think the 50mm PVC pipe is a good choice. I printed the top F9 section at max res and it took 35hrs!
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            • llaughter
              2020-06-24 19:42
              This is one of the best digital models I have come across. Well done Sir.
            • cclaudiu-steflea
              2020-06-09 19:44
              Excellent model
            • tthoughtlesskornkid
              2020-05-31 19:07
              Amazing build! Are the pieces in the All Parts .stl files available individually? a couple of the files are too big for my print volume.
            • spacexaeroengineerspacexaeroengineer
              2020-05-23 23:51
              Very much impressed with the level of detail, as well as with the extra time spent providing the clear and concise documentation. This designer is top-notch I would recommend searching out the rest of his builds as I have, they're well worth your time and money.
            • DarrenGriffDarrenGriff
              2020-04-09 20:32
              Absolutely superb model. Have had no issues printing it and end results far surpassed my expectations.
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            • Publish date2018-05-16
            • Model ID#898973