Working Stargate

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Working Stargate by Glitch Jan 1, 2013
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Well, working to a point that is.

In theory (I haven't tried printing these parts) this model should create a stargate of approx 42cm in diameter. Including the base approx 49cm tall. The inner ring should hopefully rotate and there are small spaces behind the chevrons for leds, maybe small ones.

If someone puts a stepper motor on this and links it up to a control unit (pc or arduino) you could have a gate which actually dials.

Note: This item is intended for personal use only.


If you want to try this model I suggest doing some test prints. This is all theory based, I haven't confirmed it actually works.

There are 31 files in total. You shouldn't need to print all 31 are some depend which option you choose. Some of which need to be printed multiple times which will create a lot of parts.

= The Stargate =

All the files for the stargate are in 'stargate.zip'.

== The chevrons - there are three options. ==

Which ever option you choose you will need 9 x A's and 9 x B's

'sg-top-1-(a/b).stl' - These top pieces don't have space for LED's.

'sg-top-2-(a/b).stl' - These top pieces have space for a centre LED only. You will need to print 9 x 'sg-light-1.stl' in a lighter, more transparent material.

'sg-top-3-(a/b).stl' - These top pieces have space for three LED's. One in the centre and one either side.. You will need to print 9 x 'sg-light-1.stl' and 9 x 'sg-light-2.stl' in a lighter, more transparent material.

== The middle - there are two options. ==

If you want a complete stargate without the base then print 9 (18) x 'sg-middle-1-(a/b).stl'.

If you want to connect to the base (or your own base) print 8 (16) x 'sg-middle-1-(a/b).stl' and 1 (2) x 'sg-middle-2-(a/b).stl'.

== Lower ring ==

9 x 'sg-inner.stl'

== The back ==

No options here. Print 9 (18) x 'sg-bottom-1-(a/b).stl'

The file is called bottom because the gate was designed laying down!

== The ring ==

Don't glue the ring to the stargate, or else it won't rotate! If my calculations are correct the ring pieces should create a gear which works well with the base gear.

The ring is broken into 10 pieces for ease of printing. Print 1 of each ring piece 'sg-ring-(1-10).stl'. They are arranged in a clockwise direction. Although in theory you could place them in any order.

= The Base =

All the files for the stargate are in 'stargate_base.zip'.

'sgb-bsl.stl' and 'sgb-bsr.stl' are the left and right pieces of the base. You'll have to make the stargate with the base.

'sgb-sl.stl' and 'sgb-sr.stl' are the left and right side panels of the base.

'stb-base-gear.stl' is the gear of the base.

'stb-parts.stl' include the handle, rod, and two guides for the rod.

Good luck to anyone daring enough to try this!!

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Success. I have modified the moving parts for the top chevron and it works as intended. The stepper motor in the base is now able to control the chevron.

There are a few more details and a video on my website.

Here's a link to the same video on youtube if you prefer.

Hello, how to you do to move the chevron with the stepper motor ?

Apr 19, 2016 - Modified Apr 19, 2016
Glitch - in reply to m180194

This model doesn't have a moving chevron.

I have however created modified pieces that do incorporate a moving chevron. It's just down to time to create a complete clean model as the current one shown in the videos is a mix of the two.

I've included additional videos on my website. You might see some pieces are larger than others in the photos due to the mixture of the two models.



An update regarding the Mk2 stargate. Although the additional gearing for the top chevron can be moved from the base by hand. The stepper motor is unable to budge it.

Self calibration is working a treat. I may upload the design as a mk1.5 ;)

The code is written to handle any length address from 1 to 9. If you dial a nine symbol address and don’t use Earth as the ninth symbol the ninth chevron will not lock (as a homage to SGU).

Videos and additional details included on my website if you want to see more. Note: videos are 25-30mb’s in size.


For those interested. Here’s a quick preview of an upgrade I’m currently working on for the Stargate model.


I would really like someone to make one of these for me. I will pay thru paypal, you can post it on ebay.

So, if anyone can print out the base for me ... seems like the terrible software with he Davinci thinks the base is too big.

I would pay with Paypal bucks, zat's, Naquadah or replicator blocks.

Where do you live ? I can print it for you, but shipping can be expansive :p

I am in the Columbus Ohio area.

But ... I wonder if I can cut the base in half and then I could glue them up. I have tried a number of apps to aide with viewing and somewhat editing STLs ...

Is it easy to cut the STL in half (or if the STP is available ?). That way, I could print it. My bed does support 8x8x8 but the bad software things it is too large, unless it is ?

Trying to print this out and the base is too large for my DaVinci ... if I scale it down, guessing the ring won't fit ... anyone had success on a bed 8x8x8 ?

I haven't tried re-scaling it sorry. There are some other bases on the site or have a go at designing your own :)


Yeah, I thought I also might try to cut the design in half and glue together.

I managed to dial the 9th chevron with a standard 120v 15A wall outlet! Goes to show how much fiction is woven into these shows.

Did you manage to keep it open for longer than 38 minutes?

Has anyone used a Raspberry Pi or Arduino to power a driver and Stepper Motor to make the center gate glyph ring spin and lock the chevrons? I need some help programming a "Working" Stargate. My dream is to print a working DHD (Dial-Home Device) to power and control a working Stargate.

Dogbert - in reply to 3080

I'm working on a PICAXE version at the moment. It's just a basic version for making it dial a random address (with earth as point of origin of course) whenever someone gets within a sensor range.
I'm having a HUGE issue with getting the pieces glued together (and not snapping apart afterwards). At first I was using Tarzan Grip Superglue, but everything broke. I'm currently trying Selley's Shock-proof superglue. Seems to be going well.
I'll keep y'all posted.

Was curious to know what size/style led's are intended for use.

I'm using the 3mm clear bright orange diodes.


Agreed! I'll use the same ones!
Cheers for the Ebay link!

You need "glitches stargate fix sg-middle-2-a/b.stl" I worked for me.

glitches stargate fix sg-middle-2-a/b.stl
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Boycott The Stargate REBOOT! Roland Emmerich hates Stargate and it's fans!

Glitch - in reply to 3080

Posting these sort of comments on someone else's model is very inappropriate. Please reserve them for your own models!

You mentioned the placement of the Led's, can u show where they need to go??
Thank You
Awesome model thank you again

There are three different chevrons parts for use with LED's. The instructions specify which pieces need to be printed in each circumstance. Some parts will need to be printed in as transparent plastic as possible, with the LED's placed beneath them.

If you're still not sure, take a look at the models others have made or search online for pictures of the gate in operation. This should hopefully guide you in placing of LED's.

I like the message you encoded in the pieces. "Stargate by Glitch" Nice.

Yes, I CAN read ancient.

Yes just a little fun.

I like your work very much. I am printing the Stargate. There is an issue with 2 files STL. (Sb-bottom-1-a.stl and sb-bottom-1-b.stl) <= there are errors in the files. Do you have a solution? Thanks.


"cooldudie2" on Thingiverse made a fix just look at the "remixes"


glitches stargate fix sg-middle-2-a/b.stl

Thank you. :)

Have you ever noticed that the "Skylanders: Portal of Power" looks like a cheap knock-off of a Stargate?

I suffer from a brain tumor, and a severe neurological dysrhythmia. So, life sucks, and it is taking me longer then it normally would. As soon as I'm done I will post some pictures for you. =) ..... Long live the Gate!

I love you people! I'm printing this Gate with an Afinia H-Series 3D Printer. The major downside is I can't print / make the base because the "Afinia" is basically an "UP! Plus" 3D printer and I only have a print envelope of about 5″ cubed, and it's also taking forever! BUT I love Stargate, I miss the shows and I still a huge fan! I will find a way! I feel it's well worth it. Again Thank you all for working on any thing Stargate! If I may make a request? I would ask if any of you could work on a SGC ramp and clamp that holds the gate. Oh a "M.A.L.P." would be awesome too!

You should post a picture. I'd love to see how this looks printed out.

I printed the whole Stargate, assembled it, and just finished painting it. I will upload pictures to this page in the next few days with any luck. AND a big thanks goes to cooldudie2 for his Fix it worked great! http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:43731http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

glitches stargate fix sg-middle-2-a/b.stl
3080 - in reply to 3080

Pictures are up for the gate.

Glitch - in reply to 3080

Looking good. Does the ring rotate?

3080 - in reply to Glitch

Yes, it rotates by hand. I hope to have a stepper motor hooked up to the next one, if I scale it up. I'm slowly working on a base to hold the Stargate as well. I told you I'm a huge fan! =)

Glitch - in reply to 3080

Glad you like the model.

I did consider the SGC ramp at the time I constructed the model. Due to time constraints and the size of the gears, I opted for the simple base.

Who wants to make a derivative? Add a line of surface mount LED's to the inside of the gate. Insert plastic/glass, which when lit up shows an image of a wormhole. ;)

3080 - in reply to Glitch

I love you people! I'm printing this Gate with an Afinia H-Series 3D Printer. The major downside is I can't print / make the base because the "Afinia" is basically an "UP! Plus" 3D printer and I only have a print envelope of about 5″ cubed, and it's also taking forever! BUT I love Stargate, I miss the shows and I still a huge fan! I will find a way! I feel it's well worth it. Again Thank you all for working on any thing Stargate! If I may make a request? I would ask if any of you could work on a SGC ramp and clamp that holds the gate. Oh a "M.A.L.P." would be awesome too!

Hi Glitch, Iam currently working on a DHD and although I do not have a 3d printer, I am able to create plans and scale to fit. My question is, Just how large do you want this thing, I can scale individual components to print out and so on. Drop me a note and let me know what you think I can send a sample if you like

For this stargate I went with a size that allowed me to maintain the level of detail I wanted. I would probably do the same with a DHD model, which would probably not be to the same scale as the gate.

My considerations for designing a DHD model are as follows. Working buttons which can be wired to something (in order to control the gate). Enough detail on the buttons. Some way to light up each button.

i have printed glitches working stargate and the perfect size for the dhd would be 10 by 10 cm for the base of the dhd and the height just has to match the proportion. if you send me the files i would be happy to do some test prints and send you the results if you would like, i have all the necesary software if ajustments need to be made too if your intrested

Okay guys, here's what I've got so far. I upload the DHD to thingverse. with only the outer ring able to be pushed so to speak, Holes for wiring and bottom access covers. I will upload the new edited version and leave the originals for others to work with if they like. Here is the thing http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:49627http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...


Looking good. I was thinking you could pull apart a USB keyboard and wire up the DHD

glitch are you currently working on any other stargate models
? you are by far one of the best moddellers i have seen in a long time

Thanks for the compliment. There are many excellent modellers who contribute to this site.

Other models? I started on a mini working stargate with only five chevrons to maintain detail. I've considered an Atlantis and Universe gate with room for LED's. A DHD (more detail in the DHD thread) and perhaps a zat (without the taser). A naquadah generator model which you can stick batteries in and use as an actual power source! If anyone else wants to do any of these, go ahead :)

hey loved the idea of a naqauda generator model and i am working on one of these right now! printing on my reprap as we speak, needs some tweaking though

also anyone working on a dhd model

I would be cool to have a DHD that I could wire to light up!, but not I don't have the skills needed to make one. =(

i have a dhd model but it needs rigging for printing i tried but my skills are limited. anyone intrested i could send the stl files

just found three more files again same issues they need repairing before they print, the fixed files are availiable on my channel.

hey guys two of the files dont work if you get to the stage that is

If you want to connect to the base (or your own base) print 8 (16) x 'sg-middle-1-(a/b).stl' and 1 (2) x 'sg-middle-2-(a/b).stl'.

you need netfabb to fix the two files sg-middle-2-(a/b).stl' if you go on my channel i have made a dervivative of this so that you can download these instead. and glitch if you want i can send you the fixed files they just needed the traingles and vertices flipping so that pronterface and other softwares can decode the model files properly.

Thank for the info. I'll look back at the source to see what happened.

How's you printing coming along. Is it looking like a stargate yet?

yep its still printing as we speak, so far taken a few days of solid print but tbh my advice to anyone is make sure you got lots of plastic filament and take your time, if a print messes up dont make do print it again because in the long run you will save yourself lots of hassle making the parts fit. and my advice is be patient, let the parts cool before starting the next prints as any warping and the whole thing messes up . good luck

hey guys to anyone who is making this when you get to the stage that says

'If you want to connect to the base (or your own base) print 8 (16) x 'sg-middle-1-(a/b).stl' and 1 (2) x 'sg-middle-2-(a/b).stl'.'

when you print the sg-middle-2-(a/b).stl files both files need repairing in netfabb as pronterface and many other programs dont like the file so the only way to get around this is to fix these yourself or if you go onto my channel you will see two dirivatives of these files which you can download and replace the ones in which dont work. and glitch if you want i can send you the fixed files to update on your page as currently you cant print them and i will remove mine from my page i am trying to be helpful as possible to people trying to print this.

currently i am printing all the parts to build this i am a huge Stargate fan, however it seems that although the design works in theory, in practice it is very difficult to attach all the parts together in a perfect circle, it would work better if there was a way to physically clip the parts together using some kind of connectors. still trying though hopefully i will have all the parts printed soon

Good luck! Can't wait to see

I love this! They Need to make a new SG-1 / Atlantis spin-off! YOU ARE the man!

It is a fargate, not like that movie in which I have not seen.

Do the chevrons lock in and glow?

The chevrons don't move. However there are small spaces in which lights could be placed.

I Like your ambition, but your scale is a bit large for me to dive in and try it out. I'd say make something with parts no bigger than 100x100mm, even better if the whole thing can fit in a 100x100 plate that would encourage people to try.

Glitch - in reply to cymon

There is another gate which is 80mm in diameter, but it lacks detail.

If you shrink this gate down to 100mm that makes the rotating ring about 4mm wide.

cymon - in reply to Glitch

These are the problems you have to figure out a solution to if you want to improve the chances of someone printing it. Maybe make it more... comic in proportions.

So far I keep trying to send my cat through and she just pops right out the other side of the ring. Do I need one of those special reactor cores or something to make it "work"? I seem to recall a vast amount of power being needed to initiate the worm hole. :-)

She popped out because she was bored. You need food on the other side so she stays.

You need the seventh chevron.

working or not, this is impressive!

Thank you. Let's hope it actually works!