Launch Umbilical Tower (LUT)

We started the Launch Umbilical Tower (LUT) project in August 2018. We used Paul Fischer's (farscape1) CAD files, as a base, and went from there. We cannot thank Paul Fischer enough for sharing his incredible designs with us. The below documents the build history detail.

August 2018

Printed using a Prusa i3 MK3.  We used MatterHackers Grey MH Build Series PLA Filament – 1.75mm (1kg).  The platform took 3 months to print.

September 2018

More platform printing 

October 2018

More platform printing 

November 2018

7 Months of 24×7 printing, has finally taken a toll on the Prusa i3 MK3 3D printer.  Copper wires are finally snapping due to the back and forth stresses of non-stop movements.  This caused lots of failed prints, errors, damaged Hot End, and clogged nozzles.  I have ordered $250 in parts from Prusa, and hope to start the printing process again.  The printer failures unfortunately put us behind schedule, and we missed the Space Center Houston 50th Anniversary display opportunity. 

December 2018

Printer repairs are completed.  We are back to printing 24×7 again, with the exception of the Christmas holidays and New Years.  We finally completed the DSKY in Dec 2018, and our efforts are fully focused on the LUT now.  January 2018 update should have a lot of new LUT / Gantry content, updates and progress.  Please come back early February for the update.  

January 2019

January 2019 was a busy month for the Launch Umbilical Tower build.  We built frames, platforms, and elevators for 14 levels (level 360 and below).  We started printing and painting all the material needed for 14 levels of stairs.  Please come back in March 2019 to see the February 2019 updates!