ryan-georgeBy Ryan George | Oct 20, 2015 | 3D Printing Industry

Ever since I got into 3D printing, I have always enjoyed 3D printing gifts for loved ones. It makes for a truly unique and personal way to connect with someone, as the time, effort, and thought involved can truly express how much you care. Because of this, I really love this project that shared with us by Simplify3D. Maker and grandpa Chris Knowlton designed and 3D printed an amazing rocket ship playhouse for his two-year-old grandson. The final product looks as good as something that you’d spend hundreds of dollars for at FAO Schwartz.


The two-foot-tall rocket ship is open-sided and is incredibly detailed. It looks perfect for a two-year-old and has enough variety to keep his grandson Benjamin occupied for a long time. The two-foot rocket is complete with three, interconnected levels. One level is a full control center with a computer, radar screen, flight control, and moonscape views, while the bottom level contains oxygen tanks, another level is outfitted with beds designed for the astronaut models, and each level comes complete with a personalized message for Benjamin. Finally, no moon base is complete without a rover so Knowlton designed a moon rover to go along with the rocket playhouse. Knowlton said that his plan was “to make an open-sided rocket, a moon rover vehicle with trailers, and enough supply items so that my little two-year-old ‘astronaut’ can stock the spaceship for a pretend flight into space and then explore the new worlds in the moon rover.”