MakerBot Fairytale Castle Playset
by MakerBotWorkshop, published
The Townspeople resolved to re-furnish there castle. They learned to craft and create. Making chest and chairs, tables and beds, gadgets and gizmo's, they filled the castle with things that reflected themselves and their experiences. They created so many things that at the end of each day it looked like little castle couldn't hold any more.
But the castle had a secret. Every night, it grew. Sprouting new towers, chambers, and cellars. The town's people would awaken and rejoice, ready for another day of crafting and creating. The town was proud of its magical castle, and everyone wanted to fill it with the best that they could offer.
But wasn't a magical castle, it was a MakerBot Castle.
Each night the daring Damsels deftly deployed their wondrous Replicator, creating new rooms to extend the structure. Floor by floor they built up into the sky. Until one day the little castle had become the tallest and grandest in all the Thingiverse.
And the small town around the castle had grown into a great city, filled with the incredible things and spectacular ideas. The Makers, Crafters, and Hackers had learned from furnishing the castle. They had perfected their crafts and honed their skills. When they looked out on the world from the tallest tower, and saw that it too was a place they could rebuild. And they spread across the land, sharing their knowledge and teaching others how to improve the world around them.
Created by Thingiverse user Skimbal, designer of the Turtle Shell Racers, MakerBot Botmobile and the Gothic Cathedral Playset.
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Regarding the print time, I made the whole castle over three months. The machine ran almost continuously 7 days a week. Each part took about 14 to 18 hours to complete at 100 micron layers. I think I used a bit over 3 spools of filament. Since this was a present for my granddaughter, it was totally worth the effort. Having dialed in the machine very well it ran for those months flawlessly. It is not engineered to take that kind of punishment - so some of the wires broke due to all the constant flexing. At first only a strand or two in a wire would break and hardly be noticeable. Eventually enough strands broke that the current through the remaining strands heated the wire insulation and melted it, thus highlighting the fault. If you plan to run the machine with this intensity, plan to replace the motor wiring harness and the thermocouple every 3 to 4 months. Those wires are not made to take constant flexing.
In regards to the question below regarding print time and material requirements. I'm printing the castle out right now on a Makerbot 2 with 100 micron layers and each lower floor (4 pieces) is about 67 hours of machine time and a spool of filament can make 2'ish floors. I might be able to get three floors from a spool but it will be tight.
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Use the attached diagram as a reference for how the parts can be assembled into a tower. Or use the parts to assemble your own castle.
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