Rocket Model: Friction

by Autodesk Education

This project was created by Autodesk Education in collaboration with educators and designers.
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Field: Steam, Maker, Engineering
Level: beginner
Time: 1-5 hours
Tools: Autodesk 123D Design
Tags: physics  3D Printing  science  Autodesk 123D  maker  forces and motion 

Think like an engineer: Design a rocket to the moon

Missions to the moon help scientists understand how gravitational forces affect life on earth, from tides to energy consumption. But rockets face a major challenge on their way to the moon: friction. In this engineering challenge, you can design a rocket with an aerodynamic shape and surface to minimize friction drag, and maximize stability and fuel efficiency.

Get creative with design in class

In this classroom challenge, you’ll learn skills that engineers at NASA use every day at work: researching technical requirements, sketching 3D models, applying principles of aerodynamics, and presenting a finished 3D model rocket engineered for a successful moon mission. With creativity and critical thinking, your class will create a sleek rocket that’s ready for takeoff—and launch careers in 3D design, physics, and engineering.


Design a space rocket with 123D®.


The license and other terms for contributing and using assets are found in the Autodesk Terms of Use. DOWNLOAD ALL
Friction_InstructorGuide.pdf144 KB 
Friction_Academic Standards.zip560 KB 
Friction_DesignThinking_Video.mp4252.8 MB 
Friction_DesignerGuide.pdf49 KB 
Friction_SoftwareTutorials.zip97.7 MB 
Friction_StarterFiles.zip230 KB 

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