OpenSCAD Pirate Ship

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OpenSCAD Pirate Ship by MakerBlock Oct 24, 2011

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A printable OpenSCAD pirate ship. While it will definitely require support for the bow, the rest of the model should not. The OpenSCAD code isn't commented at all, so it may be difficult to follow.

There are two main parameters - "shipscale" and "th." The first parameter "shipscale" is the size the entire ship is based on. It roughly corresponds to the overall height of the model. The second parameter "th" refers to the thickness of many of the features. The STL below has the thickness set to 0.6mm. It should probably be about 1mm or so for optimal printability.

This ship features three masts with three sails each, a rudder, deck, captain's quarters, bow, and crow's nest.

As an FYI, this pirate ship was made with just "cubes" and "cylinders."


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Update: Actually, you don't need support!

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I loved this model from the 1st second and I new that one day I had to print it!

th set to 1.05, cooling module active (10 secs) and an improvised ducted fan.

Not bad at all (my third PLA print)

Printed without support on a Mendel Prusa in 1.75mm natural PLA. The bottom of the bowsprit was only slightly rounded. The stern overhang was a little steep, and looped a little (looks like the wake!).

The hardest part was the sails. Only one strand wide, there's no room for error. I had a des kfan blowing on the print hard enough to lower the nozzle temp from 185 celsius to 175. Just survived with some very thin stranding.

Clear PLA is so sparkly I can't do it justice in a photo. The model is

That looks amazing!!!

But why is the rum gone?

ummm.... amazing!?!?

Next step, adding a servo and a motor. And then have your own mininature remote controlled pirate ship. Yarr!

Awesome model. Would be fun to make a ship-in-a-bottle variant of this :-D

you could add a bottle 3d model that surrounds the original and print it all in one piece... ;)

You'd need a second extruder, for some relatively clear plastic...

If you printed the pirate ship inside a printed birdcage, you'd have a very strong message about the curtailing of freedom and romance in our modern lives. Not that I'm curtailed, I've got a 3D printer :)