NASA 3D Resources have been a favorite place to start for the 3D printing community looking to create space-themed objects. There’s nothing like downloading an actual NASA model of the Apollo Lunar Module even though the model itself is not suitable for directly 3D printing without a lot of rework to find ways to print the thin features sturdy enough to print the module at a desktop 3D printing scale. I have printed hundreds of astronauts spacesuits and astronaut gloves from the same collection since around 2009 when many of these items were shared.
Well, recently NASA has taken steps to bring other types of models into their public free resources — asteroids, craters, etc., — and are taking additional steps to push these items more towards printable than in the past. They are offering both STL and Blender files for free download. This move is also paralleled by the rise of better and better affordable desktop machines that can potentially handle more of the surface features of the objects.
Even if you have checked out the NASA 3D models before, take a look at the new 3D Printing section and see if you spot something you’d like to try!
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