the American Craftsman Bungalow Birdhouse

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the American Craftsman Bungalow Birdhouse by Mr_MegaTronic Jul 12, 2013

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My entry for the Thingiverse BIrdhouse Challenge.

the American Craftsman Bungalow Birdhouse!

This birdhouse features two entrances, upper ventilation through the chimney and windows as well as sloped drains in the base to allow fluid to run out. There are multiple interior platforms built in to the corners so birds can snuggle in places where wind is unable to blow across them. Along with the veranda, there are also three perches for birds to hang out on.

There are two hefty center-aligned screw slots for tree mounting and for extra stability, there are two decorative support trusses so keep it from going anywhere!

This classy casa is designed to print without the use of support material. Even the body prints as a single piece! The base, which includes the porch for the veranda, slides in from the front and comes to a rest with the columns mating with the beam of the roof.

I strongly recommend printing in PLA on a printer with a build platform at least 220 mm long and 150 mm wide. Also there are bridges on this model! My original Replicator can handle them just fine so most printers should. They are around and inch long at their longest.

This can of course be proportionately scaled, however it was designed to best accommodate small birds like finches, blue-jays, chickadees and the like.

If you like what I do and want to help me do more, please consider supporting me on my Patreon page! http://www.patreon.com/ErikJDurwoodII Thanks!


Print the body as a single part.

Then the base.

Following that, print two eave perches and the chimney. They should press in place firmly, but you can use compatible glue to affix them.

If you need extra support, print the two trusses and slide them in from the back.

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Ok.. can someone please post their print settings for this that was able to print in less than 2 days. I've got an Ultimaker 2+ and I'd really like to print this... but 30-50 hours isn't worth it.

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The last thing I need is more birds around, making a mess. But I want to make one of these, maybe I can mount it far enough away where they don't congregate any more than they already do around here.

Jan 13, 2016 - Modified Jan 16, 2016

Would it be possible to split up the body? My printer is 20 by 20 by 18 max

wow, this is soo cool, do you know if anyone has printed this on a FFdreamer.

I printed on a FF dreamer last summer. Worked great. Hangs in my yard. No tennants yet. Might not like the smell of PLA.

Wow, that looks so cool! Can't wait to get my current prints done and start this one!

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This is really great!. It has become my white whale for printing in ABS with minimal shrinkage. What software did you use to create this? I'm wondering if you could post the parts as sold model files? Perhaps .stp or .sat? My editing skills are sharpest in Autodesk Inventor and I'd like to make some edits to the shape to make it print better in ABS.


Hello! I'm glad you like it!

Good news! I created it in Autodesk Inventor Pro 2013 and if you download the ZIP file I included, you will find a folder within containing the entire assembly and part collection.

Let me know if you have any issues!

Now I'll have an easy time of making some tweaks

I deserve a dope slap for that one :-P

Wow, this looks awesome.

Is it possible to print the body without use of supports? Makerbot Replicator 2

All of the parts are designed to not need supports. Especially on the Replicator 2.

isnt a bungalow, by design, only a 1 storey building?

Not necessarily. A bungalow is either one storey or has a second story built into the loft of the roof with dormer windows. A bungalow is specifically a solitary residential building for a single family.

ah. Today I learned. where im from it refers to a 1 storey. wikipedia says sometimes it does indeed have a loft room.

Yeah. Most bungalows are one or one and a half storey. Especially in the northeast and the great lakes areas. In California up through washington, there more of a mix. My home in Washington state is from 1900 and is an early bungalow type with two storeys.

That is AMAZING! You should upload it to minecraft.

i am having trouble printing this

everytime my printer gets to the top of the upper floor window, i start having feed problems and I the printer starts drawing air from that point on. Now i would normally assume I am having feed problems and proceed to clean my extruder up and give it another go. but it fails at the exact same spot every time ( happened 5 times now )

wondering what people are using to print this. I am just using the replicator 2 with the makerware software

I had a similar problem while printing PLA on Rebel 2 RepRap printer. Same spot every time (other model). I resolved this by changing the retract length from 4 to 1 mm and setting correct nozzle diameter (I use 0.4, the software thought it was 0.5). I assume the problem was caused by retracting the hot PLA into a cold part of a heatbrake.

loving it - starting the print shortly!

whoa...you even created architecture on the inside!

grats on first place.
but i really hoped that one of the abstract ones would win.

Grats on First Place. It's a great house.

At what min infill % and # shells is this recommended to be printed?

The design is just beautiful. Fantastical. Printed like a dream. My only hiccup is getting the top step to have a roof. It's open to the internal honeycomb. Easy enough o print a capper - no complaints here. Awesome, simply awesome.

Hi, what %infill and # of shells worked for you? Also, do you mean the top of the top stair didn't print or some part of the roof? Thanks.

Is this the winner? If so, its not a very good birdhouse, functionally speaking. In fact it practically fails at being a practical birdhouse! For One, birdhouse should maintain safety for the nest. Those openings are way too big and would allow squirrels and other larger birds to enter to steal the eggs, In addition the design has the added insult of obscuring the birds view, thereby eliminating its first line of defense of spotting threats at a distance. PU this is a bad bird house, for birds. Otherwise it is fairly nice to look at if you are looking for a design to build on your property on CapeCod.

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I'm having an issue with the third step not getting a top. For some reason when it's generated for the printer the top layer for that step isn't put down, so it's just the honeycomb filling exposed.

I am new to 3-D printing I'm curious how much filament does it take to print out that birdhouse. I would hate to be in the middle of my 3-D printing and run out of filament. So my question is how much does the birdhouse weighs.

Usually either slicing software or Gcode emulators give filament usage or volume. The weight will vary based on material and infill.

awesome finish quality. did you do some sort of post processing?

Your designs are amazing. Thanks!

Wow, where do I throw in my towel. I would shudder to think about what you would come up with if there were prize money involved. Very impressive!

Really gorgeous! Congratulations!

Congrats on your big win :)

Congrats! You're killing it with this beautiful work

Congrats! I'm always a fan of your work

Problem is the entrance, did you think about bird sizes and also birds don't like any type of house. That one is what i believe too ventilated for birds to move into. :-/ but great design.

I did a lot of research about birdhouse design and both openings are a fairly standard size for smaller birds like chickadees and finches. There are areas inside for birds to escape the elements but different species of birds seek different kinds of shelters. I figure if the bottom windows create too much ventilation, the windows can be covered from the inside and still look good. Thanks!

Great job! :D Good to see. Keep em comming! :)

What program was this designed in?

great design again! Hopefully this won't take too much work to make friendly for a 200x200 print bed.

Scaling all parts to 80% solves that problem.

I think even scaling to 95% should work for me.

Amazing work. I love it !!
Would you like to add a dual extrusion version? Would love to print the roof in a different color :-)

These birdhouses just keep getting better and better, and this one takes the cake.

Great design!!! I might print this first over my own designs :P

Top notch as usual Erik. Looking forward to printing this out.

hahaha :D wow! I think this is my favourite entry so far

Another one that might work well with my daughter's 4.5" Disney Fairies.

Wow nice work. Really awesome!

I'm not a big birdhouse fan, but I do like this one. I may just have to print this one out for my mom.

I'm printing a 50% scaled version for myself right now to examine the internal supports. If you print one, let me know how it turns out! Especially the brick mortar gaps. Even at 100% some details may get smoothed out by the nature of the printing process.

Glad you like it!

what settings did you print this with ? how much pla did it use ? 100% i have a flashforge creator usen makerwhere software

what settings did you print this with ? how much pla did it use ? 100% i have a flashforge creator usen makerwhere software