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We’re Going to Need a Bigger Printer

Written by Manqing Jin in category 
March 9, 2016

Gamebody had a dream. It was a dream that many growing up after May 25, 1977 have, the dream of owning the Millennium Falcon. Gamebody decided to make his dream a reality by designing 236 small pieces that can be glued together to make Han Solo’s iconic spacecraft (or a jumble of random shapes if you put the pieces together wrong). Now this may seem unnecessary as you can buy versions of the Falcon in stores. The fact is those versions are not 40 inches (over three feet!). The inside is also detailed to level that would make any fan boy swoon.

The pieces are made using technology that would have seemed just as far fetched as anything in Star Wars back in 1977, a 3D printer. Now 3D printing has limitations at this early stage of its life. One limitation is the size of an object it can make. This is why the project was made up of 236 pieces instead of 20 pieces. Another limitation is the speed the pieces can be printed (and figure this speed issue would still be present even if you could print much larger pieces). Because of this Gamebody’s Millennium Falcon took 3 months to print. Popular Science points out that a large chunk of time could be saved by ditching the interior pieces, but if you’re enough of a fan to build this in the first place you’re not going to skip anything. And that decision is possible because the files are available for a $75 fee, a fair price for the design effort. If you have 3 months and a spare 3D printer go out build yourself the best spaceship in the history of ever.


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