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May 16, 2013 AT 4:00 pm

3D Printing Star Trek’s U.S.S. Enterprise (video) #3dthursday

In honor of the launch of Star Trek Into Darkness, PCMag 3D printed a copy of the U.S.S. Enterprise on The Cube … like you do!

To boldly go where no 3D printer has gone before. Yes, that’s the pun that came to mind when we decided to make a 3D print of the U.S.S. Enterprise in honor of the release of Star Trek: Into Darkness. Much like with John Harrison, the villain in the movie, we weren’t sure what we were getting ourselves into….

Printing out the U.S.S. Enterprise proved to be an interesting challenge. Because the surface upon which objects are printed on the Cube is relatively small, we had to print out the ship in pieces that would have to be glued together at the end, rather than a single piece. And it was a little difficult to glue pieces together with the super-glue that we had bought. But in the end, we managed to make it happen.
But, really, you have to see it to believe it. Check out our time-lapse photography video of the Cube as it prints the U.S.S. Enterprise. And have a gander at our other time-lapse video where we print out a Weighted Companion Cube from Portal.

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1 Comment

  1. 3D printing allows creative minds to explore more and create more interesting objects. Love the way you crafted the Star Trek’s USS Enterprise. Nice color!

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