Floating Lighthouse Island

by Darthwahl, published

Floating Lighthouse Island by Darthwahl May 22, 2012

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"Such is a dream of light,
But to float upon a sea of clouds"

An idea I've been toying with for the better part of 3 years now, I have finally realized in a printable sculpture. This Is my lighthouse poised on a floating island. I made it for Mother's Day so as to give my mom a gift that was from a personal place, while making new use of an old trope: isolation of the lighthouse.

I made the original file in sketchup, and have included the file for your use. Please enjoy.


The file comes in 3 parts. Simply print out all of the files. I found that no shells and 60% infill was good for the top, 1 shell and 25% infill worked for the bottom, and no shells, 40% infil was good for the base. all three prints in succession will be about 5 and a half hours. Once printed find a nail that fits the holes in the base and bottom of the island depending on however large you've scaled the print (diameter is all that matters really, native size is a little bigger than 3mm) and place it in the bottom of the stand. To adhere the top of the island onto the underside, I recommend brushing acetone onto both surfaces, lining them up, and then holding them together for a few minutes. The acetone essentially welds the to parts together. After that, just place on the nail, and enjoy! one might consider painting it or flocking some grass onto the top, or adding scale trees. Native print size is about 1:720 scale.

Alternately, if you prefer lighthouses sans floating islands, then you can print only the top part and do what you will with it.

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I always saw this and wondered how does it print? It is too clean for supports. Ah hah, then I see it!! multiple pieces! ;)

I love it though!!!

Beautiful piece of art!

Hi men, awesome work! I have a few troubles to print the lighthouse. Because i dont have much time to cool-down the lighthouse, any suggestion?

what an awesome scene I will be sure to post mine when it is printed thanks.

This doesn't print properly on Slic3r... You have some faces around the wrong way or something. :-/

Very cool design. I really like lighthouses, and also floating islands.

To be completely honest though, I was a little disappointed when I realized it wasn't printed in one piece :). But still awesome.

that was the first thing I thought was Gorrilaz when I saw this. It is next in my print que and then I will have to make a Windmill blade for it.

"Feel good."

... oh, wait. That's not a windmill.