SpaceX Dragon Fan Art Staff Pick

  • September 18, 2015
  • Blender 2.7x
  • Render: Cycles
  • Creator: ChrisKuhn
  • License: CC-BY-NC-SA
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A High-Poly model of the SpaceX Dragon (V1).

The Dragon was the first commercial spacecraft to dock with the International Space Station. It is now regularly used to transport cargo to the ISS.

This is a high poly model (approx 303K polygons), so probably not for game use or animation. As always, textures are packed and must be unpacked prior to use.

Please note that the "SpaceX" logo was created in Blender by me - so it's "Fan Art" for sure, but it's not stolen. If anyone's interested, more pictures can be found on my Facebook Page.



  • NoviceInDisguise profile picture

    Nice work! Are the rivets geometry or normal mapped?

    Written September 18, 2015
  • ChrisKuhn profile picture

    Geometry :) Of course, you could bake them to a normal map if you wanted to... but this way you have the option of keeping them as mesh objects. They really don't take up that many polys.

    Written September 18, 2015
  • Mikel007 profile picture

    Like every time it`s a wonderful peace from you. But Blender 2.71 ?? :-)) Thanks for sharing it with us and greetings from Germany.

    Edited September 18, 2015
  • ChrisKuhn profile picture

    Eh... I only upgrade occasionally :) I like to build stuff the old fashioned way, and I really don't need anything newer than 2.5x for that. Besides, I'm kinda lazy when it comes to updates:) Enjoy the model !

    Edited September 18, 2015
  • Sojan profile picture

    In the top as usuall! gratz!

    Written September 18, 2015
  • thiagosul profile picture


    Written September 19, 2015
  • Fjuffy profile picture

    Thanks. Most SpaceX imagery has been released under Creative Commons Attribution, so one might be ok to reuse a render from this commercially (in a space magazine for instance) - might be worth checking with the SpaceX press office and asking - I'm guessing they'd say "yes".

    Written September 20, 2015
  • ChrisKuhn profile picture

    Maybe, but I released this model NC because I don't want it to be used commercially. Of course, there's about a 0% chance of me actually stopping anyone, but my intention was for it to be used for personal or educational stuff.

    Written September 20, 2015
  • zlsa profile picture

    All SpaceX imagery is CC0 now.

    Written October 23, 2015
  • BMF profile picture

    It's easy to know your work on Blend Swap without clicking on it for the details. As usual, very high quality modeling and texturing.

    Written September 20, 2015
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  • 11 profile picture

    so nice

    Written September 20, 2015
  • EnderAndroid profile picture

    Congratulations for 7 staff picks in a row!

    Written September 22, 2015
  • zlsa profile picture

    Amazing work!

    Written September 22, 2015
  • rohit1997 profile picture

    Its awesome

    Written September 23, 2015
  • ChrisKuhn profile picture

    Also... if you guys don't like free stuff, you can buy it from a guy who ripped off this model and is trying to sell it on Turbosquid :)

    Written September 24, 2015
  • Mikel007 profile picture

    Oh man, that's heavy !! What can you do against such guys ? I have seen that isn't the first model from you what he has ripped off.

    Written September 24, 2015
  • vector379 profile picture

    Absolutely brilliant. My kind of modeling - space stuff. Did you use design drawings or just reference photos to create the model? Will you be doing the manned version?

    Written October 22, 2015
  • ChrisKuhn profile picture

    I used both. Drawings are important to get the dimensions right, but they never tell the whole story about what something looks like :) If I had to pick one or the other, I'd take photos over drawings.

    No plans to do anymore of these... but you never know.

    Written October 27, 2015
  • ralphgauer profile picture

    Really great materials.... worth the download just to study them....

    Written April 06, 2016
  • LordGrape profile picture

    This is crazy good work!

    Written May 22, 2016
  • leschi profile picture

    nice work !!

    Written June 12, 2016
  • Longshot239 profile picture

    I REALLY want to use this mesh in a scene i'm making but I can't download it because it says "You do not have enough bandwidth to download this file." I don't know what this means, but I would greatly appreciate it if you could send me a copy of the file so I can use it

    Edited September 18, 2016
  • mero909 profile picture

    Alright dude, I keep stumbling across your work and it's all amazing. I should probably start following you. Good work.

    Written November 16, 2017
  • Infin8Gamer1 profile picture

    Awesome work! I am going to use it in a "Music Video". Its really just a cool space animation. I will post a link when it is done!

    Written December 07, 2017
  • macktruck6666 profile picture

    Very impressive, not sure how I missed this asset for so long. I combined the model with a BlenderGuru tutorial on making earth. The result is here: with attribution in the lower right. I'm thinking of using this as a reference. This is great for small 3d prints, but the rivet holes reak havoc with the subsurf modifier for added geometry on bigger prints

    Written July 04, 2018
  • perroandaluz profile picture

    awesome. Thanks for Sharing!

    Written July 26, 2019
  • Millard profile picture

    It looks so real! Great Job!

    Written October 20, 2019
  • PvN profile picture

    Chris, how do I contact you outside of Blend Swap? Are you on LinkedIn? Facebook? Twitter? My full name is Philippe van Nedervelde. I am easy to find all over the intertubes. Could you please reach out and connect with me? If interested and depending on your rates, I may have some commissioned work for you building a ton of hyper-detailed 3D models of spacecraft.

    Written July 16, 2020
  • airwinggraphics profile picture

    Chris.... Hope life is treating you well.... Art

    Written June 11, 2021
  • kesty profile picture

    Thanks for this model, such an amazing work! I used it in my CGI sci-fi short:

    Written April 15, 2022