To celebrate the stratospheric launch of 3Doodler 2.0, Pete Dilworth, inventor and co-founder, decided to stage a second, very different kind of launch last weekend...
“The basic process for building the rocket was pretty straightforward. I started by rolling ordinary white printer paper into tubes, and then found a picture of the Apollo rocket online in order to figure out the proper proportions. Once I had those basic pieces in place I simply spent a while extruding plastic in a winding motion, forming the hollow tubes for the rocket.
The cone shaped parts of the rocket were laid out using a simple cone template generator that I found online too. I then joined all the pieces together using the 3Doodler and installed four “C” model rocket engines.
The whole process took about 3 days, with me Doodling for around 4-5 hrs/day - so at most it took 15hrs to make.
The final rocket stands at about 40" tall, about 3.6 inches in diameter, and weighs just under 1lb. It took just over 8 packets of PLA plastic to make.
With the final touches complete (Doodling our logo onto the body of the rocket), it was time to launch!"
“The launch itself was a surprising success, with the rocket reaching an estimated height of 150m or 500ft. The best part is that the damage to the rocket minimal. However, the emotional trauma to the nearby geese seems to have been more severe! Unfortunately for them the rocket is certainly in good enough shape for me to install some more engines, Doodle some patch-ups, and orchestrate another launch!
In terms of improvements for next time, I would say the main thing I would do would be to add a standard parachute system (I simply ran out of time to add one this time around).
And in terms of the biggest challenge? Keeping the paper tubes as round as possible was difficult, so I simply doodled rings around them to help them keep their shape. It’s funny to think that I Doodled and launched a rocket hundreds of feet above us, something seemingly very high tech, and yet the trickiest part was keeping the paper tubes in place. But that’s the beauty of learning to make things all over again with the 3Doodler, new challenges arise, and new solutions are found!”
Thanks to Pete Desiderio, Dan Spector and Sarah Spector for literally helping to get this off the ground!
For those of you wanting to see the launch footage again, here’s a second cut we did just for you!