MakerBot Fairytale Castle Playset

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MakerBot Fairytale Castle Playset by MakerBot Jan 17, 2012

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Long Long ago in a land far away, there was a little castle surrounded by an industrious town. The townspeople loved their little castle and wanted it to be perfect. But the little castle was empty. Its owner had left long ago, taking all the fine things with him and locking them away.

The Townspeople resolved to re-furnish there castle. They learned to craft and create. Making chest and chairs, tables and beds, gadgets and gizmo's, they filled the castle with things that reflected themselves and their experiences. They created so many things that at the end of each day it looked like little castle couldn't hold any more.

But the castle had a secret. Every night, it grew. Sprouting new towers, chambers, and cellars. The town's people would awaken and rejoice, ready for another day of crafting and creating. The town was proud of its magical castle, and everyone wanted to fill it with the best that they could offer.

But wasn't a magical castle, it was a MakerBot Castle.

Each night the daring Damsels deftly deployed their wondrous Replicator, creating new rooms to extend the structure. Floor by floor they built up into the sky. Until one day the little castle had become the tallest and grandest in all the Thingiverse.

And the small town around the castle had grown into a great city, filled with the incredible things and spectacular ideas. The Makers, Crafters, and Hackers had learned from furnishing the castle. They had perfected their crafts and honed their skills. When they looked out on the world from the tallest tower, and saw that it too was a place they could rebuild. And they spread across the land, sharing their knowledge and teaching others how to improve the world around them.

Created by Thingiverse user Skimbal, designer of the Turtle Shell Racers, MakerBot Botmobile and the Gothic Cathedral Playset.


Thingomatics will need to be modified for extra build height to complete this print. The wall in the 'Room' prints are approx. 130mm tall.

Use the attached diagram as a reference for how the parts can be assembled into a tower. Or use the parts to assemble your own castle.

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Awesome! I am almost done, but I continuously receive errors on the top_walls file. Only prints one side. Meshmaker even crashes when I load it. Already had fixed the issue with the Floor B story, but really need help with a fixed top_wall file. Much apprechiated! (Have used primer color on my print today, alomost looks like the real deal already!) N

Looks like there are some cool printed Lego Princess People in the picture too, any idea where to find the .STL files for those?

Hi, I have a problem with two parts of the castle: Floor B left and Floor B right are the same and they don´t assemble correctly. Can anybody help me? Thanks

I had the same problem, I uploaded the mirrored file here http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:669338

Floor C is totally wrong too as it has the tops of the windows of Room 1 on the side and the tops of the windows of room 2 on the front.

Fairytale Castle Floor_B_Right Fixed file
by garthvh

Regarding the print time, I made the whole castle over three months. The machine ran almost continuously 7 days a week. Each part took about 14 to 18 hours to complete at 100 micron layers. I think I used a bit over 3 spools of filament. Since this was a present for my granddaughter, it was totally worth the effort. Having dialed in the machine very well it ran for those months flawlessly. It is not engineered to take that kind of punishment - so some of the wires broke due to all the constant flexing. At first only a strand or two in a wire would break and hardly be noticeable. Eventually enough strands broke that the current through the remaining strands heated the wire insulation and melted it, thus highlighting the fault. If you plan to run the machine with this intensity, plan to replace the motor wiring harness and the thermocouple every 3 to 4 months. Those wires are not made to take constant flexing.

I'm making this for my son next year for christmas & I'm making the rocket this year, so it's a good heads up, thank you. I hope that your granddaughter enjoyed it.

In regards to the question below regarding print time and material requirements. I'm printing the castle out right now on a Makerbot 2 with 100 micron layers and each lower floor (4 pieces) is about 67 hours of machine time and a spool of filament can make 2'ish floors. I might be able to get three floors from a spool but it will be tight.

Woooow. Just wow. I lament that I outgrew toys before this technology became available... oh, wait... no I didn't! Well done.


Thanks for the awesome design work! It's been a big hit with my students.

Wow, quite impressive!

Is there any information available on the exact modifcations necessary for the Thing-O-Matic in order to be able to print this?

Where is the I LOVE IT button??

[applause] Man, that is impressive. Awesome like a 100 million hotdogs.

How many hours of printing/spools of filament did this take?

Wow! Michael's work never ceases to amaze me!