Gothic Cathedral Play Set

by Skimbal, published

Gothic Cathedral Play Set by Skimbal Mar 19, 2010

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Have you ever wanted a Gothic Cathedral of your very own?

Are you intimidated by the centuries long construction schedule, and the punishing job requirements of being a European Bishop during the Dark Ages?

*Then We Have a Thing For YOU!*

*The Gothic Cathedral Play Set!*

**Update November 2013:**
A repaired version of these files for use with Makerware and Sli3r are available here:

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My friend saw this one today when she came on Thingiverse for the first time, and she is really excited about it.

Repaired Cathedral is available here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

That would be wonderful, thank you so much

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The Gothic Cathedral Play Set is designed to be modular. Print as few or as many parts as you want. Then assemble them into a configuration of your choosing.

The full model pictured here is made up of 20 parts.

It is not an exaggeration to call this the Mount Everest of MakerBot prints. The overhangs and arches are designed to be right at the limit of the machine's unsupported capability. I have a similarly sized 'cathedral of failure' from all the times the extruder knocked the build platform off.

But, if you can make it to the end, boy what a story you will have to tell.

(Update) I am happy to see people like the Gothic Cathedral Play Set and am looking forward to seeing pictures of other peoples copies. I have posted more details and configurations on the CCCKC Blog, the Kansas City hackerspace I belong to. blog.cowtowncomputercongress.org/


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TPW78 on Nov 19, 2013 said:

My friend saw this one today when she came on Thingiverse for the first time, and she is really excited about it.

blackjack038 on Oct 30, 2013 said:

Hi, wonderful print. I am also tried to export it to x3g file using makerware (printing PLA); while others file is fine, files such as nave and front facade also skip a few slayers lead to a failed print. So is it the file problem or the makeware problem. I am very new to this, will really appreciate the help.

billyd on Oct 31, 2013 said:

Sorry I spent a couple hours on this and simply can't fix it. The SKP file is of little use to me. I need a true solid model, like a SAT, STP or IGS file. This particular SKP file is basically not much different than the STL file as far as I can tell.

billyd on Oct 30, 2013 said:

Yes those are the bad files. They have some duplicate faces, and some shells with zero normals, which causes the slicer to choke. I am going to try to fix them in the next day or two and will post when I get them right.

billyd on Oct 30, 2013 said:

I am having trouble with gaps post slicing with some of the STL files in this Thing. Upon trying to repair the STL files, my software is detecting redundant faces, as well as faces with zero normals. When trying to plot Nave, or front façade left, the slicer leaves gaps about 50mm up. Would you consider posting the solid models for these parts, or perhaps checking the STL files for errors and recreate them if you find issues? Thanks, Bill

Skimbal on Oct 30, 2013 said:

This project was published more then 3 years ago and was done with the SketchUp stl export tools available at that time. Unfortunately I don't have the bandwidth continually re-visit each of my projects as the tools improve. The SketchUp file is available in the files section. If you are willing to attempt some cleanup, please post the result as derivative so the community can benefit.

claudie on Apr 11, 2013 said:

What kind of software did you use to make this?

Anonymous on Nov 28, 2011 said:

Hi I'm trying to print a large object and it is warping and cracking. I'm using an aluminum build surface with kapton tape and I'm printing with 3mm ABS.

I saw RobG's post there about the extruder tension screw (gonna print that asap) had that problem last night

I am basically printing a 10cm^3 cube what should I set infill to be and layer thickness, resolution etc? Anything else I need to adjust? Do I need to print in PLA? Temperature? Wait ti
me between layers? Do I need a fan like in RobG's post? Do I want to cool the ABS quickly or do I need it to stay hotter longer IE build a fence around the cube?


RonG on Oct 25, 2011 said:

This is a beautiful design, and definitely a challenge. My personal 'cathedral of failure' is serving as the inspiration for a number of mods on my TOM. For example:

To get the fine detail I went to a 0.16mm layer thickness and a 1.5 w/t, giving me a 0.25mm resolution. That required having the platform extremely level to do a successful raftless print. http://www.thingiverse.com/thi... makes that easy

The fine detail really extends the print time, so I ne
eded to make sure that the extruder tension screw didn't loosen up during the overnight print. http://www.thingiverse.com/thi... solved that one.

Getting the tall, narrow structures to print without sagging required active cooling. My TOM now has a ducted cooling fan http://www.thingiverse.com

Thanks for your wonderful contribution, and to everyone else that makes this such a helpful community.

DJBREIT on Jul 13, 2011 said:

What was your scale down facter from the Master Cathedral File?

on Jun 19, 2011 said:

I just finished building my Cupcake, and have started building this set (did two test prints first, they actually worked. Wow.)

How many of which parts do I need? If it's on the page, I'm not seeing it.

Roboteernat on May 3, 2011 said:

skimbal, your design was featured on Bang goes the theory on BBC 1 UK this evening - http://www.flickr.com/photos/2... for creen chot of bbc iPlayer

Anonymous on Feb 16, 2011 said:

How much ABS did you use? Will Thingaverse ever list the amount of ABS as a required tool? Maybe this can be computed somehow from the data file? I am also wondering how this translates into how much cost to print it out.

pogden on Jan 25, 2012 said:

This is highly profile dependent and most toolpath generators will calculate it for you. (eg skeinforge statistics module)

yzorg on Jan 26, 2011 said:

damn you got a detailed thing here!

but u have a quite extreme oozebanning problem. my mendel keeps doing those nasty strings too within one part. i couldnt figure out how to reduce it yet.

Skimbal on Jan 28, 2011 said:

Yeah, the only method of cleanup i could find was 'the x-acto knife' solution. I'm hoping to have a stepper extrude soon, which is the real solution to the problem.

gpvillamil on Sep 9, 2010 said:

This is terrific! I'm about halfway through printing this (now I have oozebane very well dialled in...).

However, seeing photos of Siena and Genoa cathedrals makes me think that I want to do it all over again - check out Google Images of those buildings, and you'll see why: perfectly feasible to get that effect with a Makerbot...

Anonymous on Aug 18, 2010 said:

I would like to BUY this object to show the capabilities of 3d printing.
Can anyone print one for me and send it Italy?

[email protected]

Anonymous on Mar 23, 2010 said:

Not sure my system or I are capable of this. But would love to assemble a model like this. Wonder if such sets are commercially available?

oddstray on Mar 21, 2010 said:

I don't have a 3D printer! Can I have a paper model, pleeeeeeeeease?

Robotguy4 on Apr 16, 2010 said:

Use the unfold plugin:

ROBK636 on Mar 21, 2010 said:

Great work! I have seen this in person.

jjjetplane209 on Mar 21, 2010 said:

Gorgeous. Screams Warhammer.

Anonymous on Mar 21, 2010 said:

You are AWESOME! I was just thinking last night how cool it would be to print a gothic cathedral and here one shows up. Are you reading my mind? ;)

TeamTeamUSA on Mar 21, 2010 said:

Epic WIN!!!!

Anonymous on Mar 20, 2010 said:

The evolutionary next step is this "dome shaped" nest: http://asknature.org/strategy/...

from here:

MaskedRetriever on Mar 20, 2010 said:

Two words: "Test Print"

winterg on Mar 20, 2010 said:


kristianpaul on Mar 20, 2010 said:

Awesome !

btw: how long takes you and how many plastic?

Rich on Mar 20, 2010 said:

All week I've been like blah blah blah, nothing exciting on Thingiverse, maybe the Makerbot isn't that versatile after all..

then this. A fucking goddamn work of art. Absolutely beautiful.

Frozenlock on Mar 20, 2010 said:

I'm speechless. I MUST get my Makerbot back in order and print this. With some black paint and UV leds, this is going to be legendary!

MaskedRetriever on Mar 20, 2010 said:

When I saw the thumbnail of that photo, I thought "another print that you really can only do on an expensive Dimension machine".

/Superlative/ cheers for this one. Exquisite in the extreme.

MakerBlock on Mar 20, 2010 said:

This is incredible.

versonova on Mar 20, 2010 said:

I have seen parts of this up close - it is totally awesome.