Bird House Customizer

by TheNewHobbyist, published

Bird House Customizer by TheNewHobbyist Jun 24, 2013

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Here's my take on the 3D printed birdhouse.

Included on the first tab in Customizer are 6 prebuilt birdhouse designs, each designed to be the "dream home" for a specific bird. I've also included the ability to add a text label to the front of each house (do birds have addresses?). Additionally all of my birdhouse designs incorporate venting to keep our fine feathered friends nice and comfortable (birds get hot too you know) which was suggested online.

I used this document to create houses at appropriate dimensions for whatever kind of bird you're trying to house. You can read more about birdhouse building guidelines here:


On the "Custom" tab in Customizer you will find sliders that allow you to create a totally customized living arrangements for your feathered friends.

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Why do not they open up? Such a house for one season. Birds will not clean it. The stick at the hole is not needed - birds do not need it. This makes it easier for predators to get into eggs and birds. :)

Can you make a version with the top removed so you can print it separately? This way you could add hinges and allow you to open the top to clean it out every once in a while. Would also solve the support issue and or bridges.


i've printed some of these houses and there's no room inside for the birds. Seems to be all supports. What am I doing wrong?

You used sipports dummy. Now go do them again.

Is the "custom" function broken. I made one to fit my smaller Cupcake printer, but it keeps making one in the prebuilt tab instead or the custom tab I have selected and modified.

Huh, it looks like you're right, I'm not sure what's causing that. I'll take a look at it tonight.

I always try to make birdhouses without flat roofs because it gives squirrels a place to hang out and bother the nest. But since its flat, I might suggest that you create a bird 'hot tub' on top, which stays filled by collection of rain water. Maybe a bunch of these could be clipped together to make a PlayBird Mansion?

That's interesting thanks for the heads up. I'll admit this is not my area of expertise but I did find some helpful websites online with construction suggestions. Thanks for the suggestions.

if it were printable this would be the win...

very nice but is it possible to print this ? i imagine you would need supports but have no way of cleaning them out on the inside of the box. you should make the bottom removable or have it be glued in later for better print ability

It really depends on how well you can print bridges. These are pretty large bridges but it could be done. If you don't think your printer can pull it off I'd recommend opening the model in Netfab and slicing it in half.