A 3D printed model of the solar system I'm using tonight at an outreach event! The curve the planets are sitting on is the Sun on this scale

A 3D printed model of the solar system I'm using tonight at an outreach event! The curve the planets are sitting on is the Sun on this scale

This is a great way to get perspective. Now it just needs to be smoothed out and painted!

That's really cool how the stand is also the sun. Definitely the best perspective I've ever gotten on the size of the solar system!

I would buy that

The curve being the sun is a BRILLIANT touch. I would by this in a heart beat. You should totally make them a little bigger, then sand them, and paint them (include Saturn'a polar hexagon, Jupiter's eye, etc etc). They'd kill on Etsy. Little space trinkets would be awesome gift ideas, and I've never seen them on etsy so it's an open market.

My boyfriend has a 3D printer and made it for me, but here's its file on thingiverse- https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1430614

If you ever get a chance to visit DC, be sure to check out the model solar system in front of the Smithsonian. It's done at a one ten-billionth scale. It starts by the Air and Space museum and Pluto is 2000 feet away down by the Castle! It's a really cool way to show just how insanely huge out solar system really is!

I'd buy that for a dollar!

Poor, poor, Pluto.

Did you make this? If so, would you be willing to release the model? I absolutely love it!

It's its ABS an acetone vapor bath can have striking success (but can go wrong if you mess up a little). A lot less risky, and less effective, is a very fine grit sandpaper/sandblaster. And if you have the equipment, a tumble in a polisher (I use one for polishing ammunition brass).

Hey man, if Pluto doesn't follow the rules of being a planet, it don't get to be a planet.

No way. To give you an idea, if you put all these spheres together end to end, they wouldn't even stretch from Earth to the moon.

Check out the Sweden Solar System model

Is there a easy way to finish 3D prints like this?

The pen must be the whale ship from Star Trek IV

I really want to do one on the promenade in Galway, Ireland- we have a ~5km stretch that isn't strictly speaking a straight line, but would make a good venue because thousands of people walk it every day, tens of thousands during the summer.

If I make the sun 1m wide I can just about get to Neptune. Sorry, Pluto!

Big money, big prizes!

This is a pretty neat example showing the scale of our solar system if the moon was the size of a pixel, and it's interactive:

http://joshworth.com/dev/pixelspace/pixelspace_solarsystem.html

Man, I'd love one of these that was painted to show the planets different colors. It's a really neat design!