The Space Porter

Not the colors he wanted, but he can choose what he wants when he prints it out himself.

Successful first collaboration with my six-year-old nephew Noah!

This past Christmas, he and his brothers received the Cheekymandos TechMech (among a couple other items), and as my sister tell me, he was totally blown away that designing and making custom toys was even an option (I received not one, but TWO separate thank-you notes from him).  After a few conversations with her, I mentioned that I’d be more than happy to work with him on a project.

He jumped at the opportunity, drew up the plans, and assumed the mantle of Project Manager.  After a few Skype meetings covering design feasibility, construction, color, and what was “kinda ruining the design,” The Space Porter was born!

Kid's going places. :)

Parts List:

0.0990″ OD x 3′ Long Steel Rod – McMaster 8893K136

Helpful Tools:

3D Printer (or printing service)


  1. Print out Parts

    Files can be found on ThingiverseYouMagine, Cults3D, and MyMiniFactory.

    4/11/2018 UPDATE:  Consolidating the number of places hosting the files.  More changes to come, but they’re still available for free.

    March 2020 UPDATE: Files can be downloaded directly from this site at the bottom of the page.  They are also available on Prusa Printers!

    Material: PLA for everything.
    Infill: 15% to 20%
    Brim: Only for SP-WindscreenA and SP-WindscreenB
    Supports: Not necessary.

    Less parts than I originally thought would be in this.

  2. Main Body

    Press-fit SP-Front and SP-Rear together.

    My daughter was satisfied with the model at this point.

  3. Cut Wing Pins

    Using a dremel, cut two ~107mm long sections from the steel rod.  Deburr and chamfer the edges.

    Originally thought to have printed pins, but they were too weak at this diameter.

  4. Wings

    Fit SP-LeftWing and SP-RightWing into the assembly and secure them by inserting the cut steel rods.

    Perfect fit!

  5. Windscreen

    Fit SP-WindscreenA and SP-WindscreenB onto the pivot points of the assembly.

    Crest is internal so it doesn't take away from The Space Porter logos on the outside.

    So sleek.

  6. Flames

    Noah really wanted flames coming out of the boosters, and while I originally wasn’t sure I could do that for him, I generally like to under-promise / over-deliver, and came up with a fun way to make it happen.  Insert SP-Flame into the boosters of the assembly (x2).

    Of all the things I've designed and printed, the flames are my wife's favorite.

  7. Blast Off to Adventure!

    Requested scale was for the Imaginext System action figures in case anyone is wondering.

    Wings fold for... storage?

    Wings fold because they're fun to fold.

    Wasn't sure how the split windscreen would look/work, but I really like it!

    I'll concede that I really like the flames too. Might try to incorporate them into future designs.

    Heck yes it fits the "Cheekymandos!"

Like what you see here?  Follow me on Twitter @DragonMtnDesign, where I occasionally do things.  I’ve got a couple projects I’ve teased there and haven’t quite completed, so be on the lookout for more coming soon.

Also, all Noah wanted was the files so he could print the parts out himself at his local library.  I’ll share any photos and/or updates from his experience once he’s completed his own build.

03/04/18 UPDATE: My nephew Noah got his parts finished at his local library!  They’re using an older Makerbot printer, so there was a lot more warping than desirable, which complicated assembly, but all in all, he was pretty stoked to get everything built.

Still excited about the end result!

Sent him pins through the mail.

Sigh... Makerbot... :/

Wouldn't have been my first choice, but I like his color combo.

On the interesting end of this experience, my dad has been talking about getting into 3D printing so he can print stuff for the boys.  I look forward to seeing how that goes and helping him along if it happens.




March 2020 UPDATE:  Files are available here!  Click the Download button below for a zip file.

Files are available under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.

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