Medieval Castle

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Medieval Castle by boldmachines Jun 11, 2015

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This Medieval Castle print was modeled from two European castles that are both majestic and have some very interesting construction and incredible views.

Schloss Lichtenstein and Neuschwanstein Castle, both located in Germany.

Designed to print as either a single print on the MakerBot Replicator Z18 (Fantasy Castle.stl) or as a multi-part print on the MakerBot Replicator 2 - this castle will make a great item to your 3D print collection.

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What did you use to "glue" it together?

This is absolutely amazing. How long did it take to create this masterpiece?

I am printing a different version of this at moment but I was thinking if printing piece by piece but was wondering if all the parts print perfect or are there still some errors in the parts

Neither of those castles are medieval.

I am trying to print this on a homemade printer, using pronetrface and the latest Slic3r.
I can't print base 5. I tried to fix it in netfabb and meshimxer and could not. I just downloaded these so I don't know them.
Any help?

I am having trouble with Base 4, did you ever get any resolution on Base 5?

I read up on netfabb on YouTube, and fixed the errors on base 4 and 5. I used meshmixer to cut base 5 in half.
I also used the latest Slic3r to preview the layers. It showed the error in base 5. That's why I cut it in half.
Them my printrboard died, and I'm still getting it running.
I just deleted all the stl files and re unzipped them. Then I used netfabb to fix the errors on base 4 and 5, used the latest Slic3r to preview the layers, and they are OK.
I think the files got corrupted when i unzipped them.

That is a thingy of true beauty

Awesome! Do some parts need support if it's scaled down?

I noticed this is for sale on etsy - is this something the designer has agreed to?

My printer failed to print Tower2 and Tower1 things. I had two attempts and every time it ended up tearing it off of the platform with filament warping around and underneath the nozzle. Might be badly 3D design because Meshmixer showed lower parts as the weakest considering strength.

slydawg - in reply to

I had the same problem, solved it by adding brim for better adhesion and slowing down print speed.
Printed on UM2.

Jan 3, 2016 - Modified Jan 3, 2016

Several of the pieces are not manifold. Hard to slice (Slic3r) and get a result then... :-(
Have printed eight pieces successfully at 50% so far.

Apart from that... Marvelous! :-)

Do the base parts such as the rocks require support? I am not sure because I can twist it over onto its side but it still looks like it would need support. Is the standard rotation the best rotation to print without support? Thanks,

No support for any part, however one base part needs to be rotated because of very small footprint on the printbed.
Base 4.

Thank You

Wow that is crazy cool.

Trying to understand why when I scale the stl of the complete castle to .4, it prints the bottom section about 25mm high perfectly and then continues to print silly string (wasted filament that isn't attached to anything). Then I tried to scale one piece of the largest base section to .8 and it printed successfully up to about 80mm and then the same thing agains. A bunch of wasted unattached filament. The strange thing is that in both cases my printer printed the highest successful layer in my chosen "top layer" style, which means that it thought that was the top of the print. But it wasn't the whole stl file. I'm guessing something going wrong in slicing but don't have a clue how to figure it out. This is the first time I've ever had issues printing something!

Thank you so much for contributing this beautiful design so that everyone can enjoy its splendor!

Been contemplating building this for a while now. Would like to build piece by piece on rep2.
Can you tell me which individual part is the largest so I can start by scaling that part to fit my printer before scaling the rest to match.

Thank you for submitting this it looks fabulous.

Just finished printin this and it looks awesome. The detail is amazing. I decided to print it smaller because I actually wanted a small version of this. It took about 26 hours to print and came out great. Now I'm going to do a full size version (or I should say a version that will be the max my Z18 will print) this is going to be a long print I feel....somewhere in the range of 1 week of printing.

First off that is an awesome print. I have been printing on my z18 for some time now; however does this model take a long time to slice and the transfer before it starts printing? I just upgraded to version 3.8 maker ware and it is taking forever to transfer. It just seems as though it should be a bit faster... I'm sitting here and it's on 45% transfer...very slow in my opinion. Oh well just curious.

Hey -

We print everything from USB stick - so do not transfer/copy over to machine. I am on 3.8.1 now and no issues.

We print low res, raft, 3% infill and 2 shells.


Awesome! Your model has been selected as one of the best 3D Printed Ornaments this year! Search "Top Free 3d Printed Ornaments Printing Ninja" in google to see (sorry thingiverse bans url addresses)

Can this print full size on a Lulzbot TAZ, they do have about a 12" cubed

how did you make it?

I passed all the parts through Meshmixer first and did find that some had small build errors, so I got the program to fix them all. I reduced the size to 60% of full size in order to reduce the time and just below 10% fill for time and filament use reduction. I also used the normal setting my printer (Robox) rather than the fine, which would have doubled the print time. It still came out very well. I wonder if anyone has thought about painting it. I'm thinking about it, but I think that's a project for later on.

Wow! Very nice!

I made this first B-)

superbe :D

sauriez vous me dire son poids? pour estimer son prix de reviens...


oui évidement :) mais je cherchais une moyenne pour me donner une idée, genre celui en photo avec quel remplissage.

merci de ta réponse

Tout depend de tes réglages... Il peut peser 700 g comme 350...
Ca dépend ;)

Similarly, both KISSlicer and CatalystEX crash when I try to load or slice it. That's frustrating, because I was looking forward to printing such a beautiful model...

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Good model.

However there are some shit or gap between parts, so I recommend to use pins.

so i have robo 3d and when i tried to load the .stl file of the full castle onto mattercontrol it says the mesh is broken or something. and i tried to put it into the microsoft model repair service but even that wouldnt work

Oh man. We're going to attempt this at max build volume in our Z18 with Biome3D filament: http://www.3domusa.com/biome3d

Too complex for my printer

Why not share another file of the castle in one piece for those of us with a Z18?

There is one in there

Jul 7, 2015 - Modified Jul 7, 2015

Great Design, cool!
Would you consider changing the title? I know this makes me nit-picker-of-the-month, but ther really is nothing medieval about this wonderful castle, and neither about the two castles you modelled it after: both Neuschwanstein and Schloss Lichtenstein are 19th century historism, they are impressive and romantic imaginations, but far from resembling a medieval castle. The chosen filename "Fantasy Castle" really fits better!
Anyway: great work!

Jul 6, 2015 - Modified Jul 6, 2015

Are supports needed to print this?
Any reason I can scale i down to fit in my printer as a single print (Makerbot duel)

Supports are not required. I just printed a reduced version (34%) of the corrected file provided by TobyCWood.
Beware! There is a sneaky area on the right-hand side (about a third of the way up) that requires good bridging. Inspect the toolpaths very carefully before you begin; it's a time-intensive print.
Good luck!

Why are all the windows boarded up?

Keeps the Dragons out.

100 + hour print on the z18 (as single print) - max build volume of the machine. Depends on the infill and layer height you choose.

Jun 17, 2015 - Modified Jun 17, 2015

@naveod - Thank you !

@ Denise3D

The single print file is included in the 'Thing Files' folder - count over 7 pictures from the left.

Hello I have a Replicator z18, have you got full files to print at one time ? Thank you.

@ Denise3D

The single print file is included in the 'Thing Files' folder - count over 7 pictures from the left.

Thanks for sharing this nice design.

A BEAUTIFUL thing!!! We will feature it as a Thing of the Week on the 3D Printing Today Podcast... FOR SURE!!! Probably late July.

By the way.,. FAHGETABOUT Netfab! It really cannot fix meshes all that well and the Private version crashes!
Want to fix your files REAL good? Try 3D Coat. We talk about it on the show quite a bit. You import the file in as a surface, switch it to voxels then export it back out. It essentially remaps the mesh for real and does it in seconds and without crashing.

Beautiful model! How did you repair and slice it? It's got 27 thousand border edges and zero shells (according to NetFabb, that is).

Sliced in Magics.