Robins Birdhouse - The Real Deal for a Robins Home

by DaleUK, published

Robins Birdhouse - The Real Deal for a Robins Home by DaleUK Jul 4, 2013
0 Share
Download All Files

Thing Apps Enabled

Order This Printed View All Apps


Liked By

View All

Give a Shout Out

If you print this Thing and display it in public proudly give attribution by printing and displaying this tag.

Print Thing Tag

Thing Statistics

2636Views 450Downloads


OK, here's my entry for the Birdhouse Competition. Please feel free to download it and print one (or many!)

As always, I've really tried to keep it simple - partly because I'm new to 3D printing and the learning curve is steep! I can't possibly compete with some of the fantastic technical designs here, but instead I've opted to followed the advice of the 'Bird Wildlife Organisations' on recommended sizes and preferred openings for Robins - so hopefully this Birdhouse will actually be liked and lived in by real Robins :-)

It's a 'one shot print' in Low (faster) print mode, but it really does print nicely (see gallery). Despite it's size, it's firm and strong when printed but only uses 188 grams of PLA.

Measurements are 140mm wide, 230mm heigh (inc. mounting lips) and 150mm deep.

It's designed to fix onto a flat wall, the hollow back was decided upon for two reasons, to save on PLA and easy removal of the model from the build platform. If you wish to attach it to a different surface (a tree for example), there is an inner lip that will accommodate the insertion of a push-fit back (made of anything you like really!). It needs to measure 136mm wide x 180mm heigh and push fits from the inside. I have included a 136mm x 20mm 'slat' in the files so that you can 3D print a back if you prefer (you will need x9 of these slats to cover the whole back).

This 'slat' can also be used to form a front vertical shield plate (x1 or x2 slats can be used - see Gallery photo). Some Bird Wildlife Organisations thing this shield is preferred by Robins, but others disagree and say the fully open front is best?)

Ideally, should be wall mounted between 6 and 15 feet from the ground and away from any predator access (ie. cats etc.), meaning mounted away from any high fence posts, shed roofs and easily climbable trees!

Enjoy - hope you adopt some feathered friends as a result of downloading and printing this Robins Birdhouse :-)


This Birdhouse prints from a single file.

It is designed to print with the back (where the mounting holes are) flat on the build platform. You may have to turn the model using the build software to best fit your printers build plate.

Sat on the build plate after printing, the measurements are: 140mm deep, 230mm long (inc. mounting lips) and 150mm heigh (see gallery photo)

I built this on my Makerbot Replicator 2 (Firmware Version 7.2) with the following settings:
Applies to both Birdhouse and optional 'Slat(s)'

Exported the print file from MakerWare to SD Card and built directly using the printer SD Card slot
Blue tape on build plate
1.75mm PLA Filament (in my case - black)
Design Software: Autodesk 123D Design - Version 1.2.42
Build Software: MakerWare Version
Resolution: Low (faster)
Infill: 10%
Shells: 2
Layer Height: 0.30mm
Temp: 230c
Speed while Extruding: 90mm/s
Speed while Travelling: 150mm/s
Build time: Well, birds take days to build a nest - this Birdhouse took much, much less time that that ;-)

Any questions - please just ask . . . . . .

All Apps

Auto-magically prepare your 3D models for 3D printing. A cloud based 3D models Preparing and Healing solution for 3D Printing, MakePrintable provides features for model repairing, wall thickness...

App Info Launch App

Kiri:Moto is an integrated cloud-based slicer and tool-path generator for 3D Printing, CAM / CNC and Laser cutting. *** 3D printing mode provides model slicing and GCode output using built-in...

App Info Launch App
KiriMoto Thing App

With 3D Slash, you can edit 3d models like a stonecutter. A unique interface: as fun as a building game! The perfect tool for non-designers and children to create in 3D.

App Info Launch App

Print through a distributed network of 3D printing enthusiasts from across the US, at a fraction of the cost of the competitors. We want to change the world for the better through technology, an...

App Info Launch App

Quickly Scale, Mirror or Cut your 3D Models

App Info Launch App

3D Print a wide range of designs with Treatstock. Easy to use tools to get the perfect result. The global 3D printing network that connects you with high-quality and fast working print services nea...

App Info Launch App

I have some super cute birds (not robins---sparrows maybe?) that roost on the pencil-thin ledge above my apartment door, so I'm going to print this and secure it up there so that they don't have to squeeze together anymore and have a little room. Plus the sides will be perfect for blocking the wind! This is perfect for just the use I need :) Will post pics after printing!

Good design. I can tell by your description that you're one of the few who did research and even knew what bird you were designing for.

Thank you, by your email you reminded me that I didn't give a suggested height/location from ground to mount the birdhouse - done now :-)