Thrilling news of the day: The mechanical workshop have printed me a set of scale models of the Cluster spacecraft. They're for my interactive in the Aurora Explorer exhibit at the Royal Society Summer Exhibition. They were done on the rapid prototyper, a 3D printer that builds up pieces from thin layers of plastic. My baby spacecraft were assembled from five printed sections, as shown below.
Baby Cluster, prior to assembly with superglue.
Assembled baby Cluster from the side.
Assembled baby Cluster from the top.
Painting these to look approximately like the real thing (shown below) will keep me off the streets this weekend.
Do you have (or can you access) CAD files for these? Because if you can a number of places (like http://www.shapeways.com/) will print you as many as you like in a number of different materials (how about sterling silver?).