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Posted on Jul 15, 2019 by in The OFI Blog |

Bradley senior and mechanical engineering major Andrew Barth interning at the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) is taking part in an ambitious project, “Project Egress“. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon a full-scale replica of the Apollo 11 Command Module Hatch is being built by NASM.

Barth’s role in the project is as a CAD (Computer Aided Design) Modeler. Barth is responsible for digitally modeling each of the hatch’s components, referencing Smithsonian historical documents and copies of technical drawings from the 1960s to create models of all 767 pieces of the hatch. These are then sent to 44 artists and fabrication shops to make the different components that will eventually come together to make up the full-scale replica.

Journal Star has published an article about Andrew’s experience available here.


Digital render of Apollo 11’s Command Module Hatch constructed by Andrew Barth

Bradley graduate interns at Smithsonian, 3-D printing Apollo 11 hatch for 50th anniversary