Gothic Cathedral Play Set

by Skimbal, published

Gothic Cathedral Play Set by Skimbal Mar 19, 2010

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Have you ever wanted a Gothic Cathedral of your very own?

Are you intimidated by the centuries long construction schedule, and the punishing job requirements of being a European Bishop during the Dark Ages?

Then We Have a Thing For YOU!

The Gothic Cathedral Play Set!

Update November 2013:
A repaired version of these files for use with Makerware and Sli3r are available here:


The Gothic Cathedral Play Set is designed to be modular. Print as few or as many parts as you want. Then assemble them into a configuration of your choosing.

The full model pictured here is made up of 20 parts.

It is not an exaggeration to call this the Mount Everest of MakerBot prints. The overhangs and arches are designed to be right at the limit of the machine's unsupported capability. I have a similarly sized 'cathedral of failure' from all the times the extruder knocked the build platform off.

But, if you can make it to the end, boy what a story you will have to tell.

(Update) I am happy to see people like the Gothic Cathedral Play Set and am looking forward to seeing pictures of other peoples copies. I have posted more details and configurations on the CCCKC Blog, the Kansas City hackerspace I belong to. http://blog.cowtowncomputercongress.org/

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Could i scale this up for warhammer terrain?

Dude, noticed your major stringing there, try increasing your travel speed and/or your retraction distance, if you don't have retraction on in your settings, majorly recommend it.

Another option is try testing prints on a extruder temperature of around 195-200, lower your current temperature by 5c until you get a better print.

Thought I would comment, might help.

My friend saw this one today when she came on Thingiverse for the first time, and she is really excited about it.

Hi, wonderful print. I am also tried to export it to x3g file using makerware (printing PLA); while others file is fine, files such as nave and front facade also skip a few slayers lead to a failed print. So is it the file problem or the makeware problem. I am very new to this, will really appreciate the help.

Sorry I spent a couple hours on this and simply can't fix it. The SKP file is of little use to me. I need a true solid model, like a SAT, STP or IGS file. This particular SKP file is basically not much different than the STL file as far as I can tell.

This has become a persistent problem with the new, more efficient slicing engines. The older tool's, like SkineForge, just didn't care and would plow through the errors. If i get some time this week i'll pull this back up and run it through SketchUp's clean-up plugin.

That would be wonderful, thank you so much

Gothic Cathedral Play Set - 2014 Edition
by Skimbal

Yes those are the bad files. They have some duplicate faces, and some shells with zero normals, which causes the slicer to choke. I am going to try to fix them in the next day or two and will post when I get them right.

I am having trouble with gaps post slicing with some of the STL files in this Thing. Upon trying to repair the STL files, my software is detecting redundant faces, as well as faces with zero normals. When trying to plot Nave, or front façade left, the slicer leaves gaps about 50mm up. Would you consider posting the solid models for these parts, or perhaps checking the STL files for errors and recreate them if you find issues? Thanks, Bill

This project was published more then 3 years ago and was done with the SketchUp stl export tools available at that time. Unfortunately I don't have the bandwidth continually re-visit each of my projects as the tools improve. The SketchUp file is available in the files section. If you are willing to attempt some cleanup, please post the result as derivative so the community can benefit.

Hi thanks for the quick reply. Right after I posted I realized how old the files were, sorry about that. I will take a shot at it when I get the chance. I almost had the front façade perfect, but there was still one tiny spot I couldn't fix. Some of the files are fine. Like you said the tools have changed a lot over the years. Certainly no offense intended on my part, it's an outstanding project.

What kind of software did you use to make this?

Hi I'm trying to print a large object and it is warping and cracking. I'm using an aluminum build surface with kapton tape and I'm printing with 3mm ABS.

I saw RobG's post there about the extruder tension screw (gonna print that asap) had that problem last night

I am basically printing a 10cm^3 cube what should I set infill to be and layer thickness, resolution etc? Anything else I need to adjust? Do I need to print in PLA? Temperature? Wait ti
me between layers? Do I need a fan like in RobG's post? Do I want to cool the ABS quickly or do I need it to stay hotter longer IE build a fence around the cube?


This is a beautiful design, and definitely a challenge. My personal 'cathedral of failure' is serving as the inspiration for a number of mods on my TOM. For example:

To get the fine detail I went to a 0.16mm layer thickness and a 1.5 w/t, giving me a 0.25mm resolution. That required having the platform extremely level to do a successful raftless print. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:9094http://www.thingiverse.com/thi... makes that easy

The fine detail really extends the print time, so I ne
eded to make sure that the extruder tension screw didn't loosen up during the overnight print. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:12621http://www.thingiverse.com/thi... solved that one.

Getting the tall, narrow structures to print without sagging required active cooling. My TOM now has a ducted cooling fan http://www.thingiverse.comhttp://www.thingiverse.com

Thanks for your wonderful contribution, and to everyone else that makes this such a helpful community.

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What was your scale down facter from the Master Cathedral File?

I just finished building my Cupcake, and have started building this set (did two test prints first, they actually worked. Wow.)

How many of which parts do I need? If it's on the page, I'm not seeing it.

skimbal, your design was featured on Bang goes the theory on BBC 1 UK this evening - http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/568141724http://www.flickr.com/photos/2... for creen chot of bbc iPlayer

How much ABS did you use? Will Thingaverse ever list the amount of ABS as a required tool? Maybe this can be computed somehow from the data file? I am also wondering how this translates into how much cost to print it out.

This is highly profile dependent and most toolpath generators will calculate it for you. (eg skeinforge statistics module)

damn you got a detailed thing here!

but u have a quite extreme oozebanning problem. my mendel keeps doing those nasty strings too within one part. i couldnt figure out how to reduce it yet.

Yeah, the only method of cleanup i could find was 'the x-acto knife' solution. I'm hoping to have a stepper extrude soon, which is the real solution to the problem.

This is terrific! I'm about halfway through printing this (now I have oozebane very well dialled in...).

However, seeing photos of Siena and Genoa cathedrals makes me think that I want to do it all over again - check out Google Images of those buildings, and you'll see why: perfectly feasible to get that effect with a Makerbot...

I would like to BUY this object to show the capabilities of 3d printing.
Can anyone print one for me and send it Italy?

[email protected]

Not sure my system or I are capable of this. But would love to assemble a model like this. Wonder if such sets are commercially available?

I don't have a 3D printer! Can I have a paper model, pleeeeeeeeease?

Great work! I have seen this in person.

Gorgeous. Screams Warhammer.

You are AWESOME! I was just thinking last night how cool it would be to print a gothic cathedral and here one shows up. Are you reading my mind? ;)


Awesome !

btw: how long takes you and how many plastic?

All week I've been like blah blah blah, nothing exciting on Thingiverse, maybe the Makerbot isn't that versatile after all..

then this. A fucking goddamn work of art. Absolutely beautiful.

I'm speechless. I MUST get my Makerbot back in order and print this. With some black paint and UV leds, this is going to be legendary!

When I saw the thumbnail of that photo, I thought "another print that you really can only do on an expensive Dimension machine".

/Superlative/ cheers for this one. Exquisite in the extreme.

I have seen parts of this up close - it is totally awesome.