Batsignal (From movie: The Dark Knight Rises, 2012)

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Batsignal (From movie: The Dark Knight Rises, 2012) by Arquit3D Aug 6, 2017


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UPDATE: Due to popular demand, a PDF file containing the basic assembly instructions and wiring have been uploaded. Plase feel free to take a look at it and ask for any detail not included.
Also, U, V and W files have been included despite they have not been printed before.

NOTE: This has been a long project and it has suffered from several modifications. Please refer to Print Settings for more details.

The model represents the Batsignal as seen in the original movie "The Dark Knight Rises" from 2012.
It has been modelled at a 1:8 scale approximately according to Batman height estimations, nevertheless it can probably be scaled up. Scaling it down will probably need severe post printing modifications.

If you like the model, please take a second to consider tiping the creator, just on the left side of your screen. Modelling and preparation for 3d printing took around 20 hours. Just the 3d printing itself took around 65 hours, and sanding, painting and weathering have taken countless hours of work, I'd say more than 100 easily. Take a look again at the pictures and leave a comment about what you think, tip through Thingiverse (you just need a Paypal acount), or check my patreon if you feel amazed by the quality of the model.
Do you want a copy of the blueprint, just let me know by private message! It makes the perfect partner for the 3d printed Batsignal.

Several non-printed elements have been used:

  • 1x MicroUSB female terminal.
  • 1x 3.3V voltage regulator.
  • 1x 1W LED + Aluminum heat sink.
  • 1mm cable for wiring, aproximately 30 cm (12 inches).
  • 12x M3 screws with different lenghts.
  • 14x M3 nuts.
  • 2x M6 bolts for attaching the frame to the base.
  • A ton of M2 screws with half round head and hex socket.
  • 1x 3 pin slide switch.
  • Transparent 400 micron acetate sheet.

All these components can be bought in several places as well as in Aliexpress with international shipping. I think there is no need to include a scheme of the wiring because it's pretty straightforward. As an alternative, the electric box was designed to fit a 3xAAA battery holder. The decision to use USB of batteries is up to you!

I will include more details as questions appear in the comments, otherwise I think there is not too much to say.
Thank you for passing by, print it and enjoy.
The first one to get a picture on a foggy night with the batsignal will get a token from me ;)

Print Settings

Printer Brand:



Prusa Clone






0.2 mm




Modelling and printing has take more than 6 months and during that time, some of the pieces has suffered from pre- and post-printing modifications. Therefore there is a chance that some pieces doesn't contain all final details or they need to be adjusted afterwards.
Supports has been custom created into some of the pieces and most of other files doesn't need them, nevertheless each piece is different so different criteria could apply for different printers.
Pieces A and B has been splitted into 4 pieces each to fit in standard FDM printers, as they are just over 20x20 cm. In case you want to print them in one piece, just ask for them, as it's very easy to export them again.
I printed completely in ABS but I see no reason why it should be printed in other materials.

How I Designed This

This replica has been designed from the original movie taking as reference the movie itself as well as pictures from the batsignal dispersed all over the internet. Despite it has been completely modelled from scratch, if Warner Bros. Pictures or any other person/company owns the trademark for Batman series and feel that this model violate their rights, please contact me personally and I will be happy to remove it from the website.

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The supports on some pieces are extremely difficult for me to get off while keeping the model in good condition.
Is there any way you could upload them without the supports please?

Thanks so much for this Arquit3d. This is not only a cool idea/design but also the most professional set of files, instruction and photos that I have seen on Thingiverse.
For everyone else who is posting criticism and trying to get Arquit3D to modify files to suit you... Part of 3D printing is trial and error and modifying the files to suit your needs and your printer. The projects on Thingiverse are just a base to get you started. If a part is too small/too big try scaling it and printing again or sanding or using some different print settings. It is not the responsibility of the uploader to make it work perfectly for you. They have just made a project that they thought would be worth sharing with everyone. Just be grateful for what has been provided and figure out how to get it working for yourself from there.

Thank you for the nice words and the inspirational text zimmy! I think you really catched the idea behind thungiverse and the 3d printing world.


Could you please upload a wiring diagram? I am good with printing, sanding, painting, etc. but I am terrible at wiring.
Do I need to make a PCB or is it just a simple LED?

Hi, check the recently uploaded PDF file, I hope it contains everything you may need. Thanks for your patience.

Thank you very much for the extremely detailed and professional guide.

Why not complete the project and upload the U, V, W files? And, some assembly instructions would increase adoption

You know, busy life man. U, V and W files are not critical for assembly anyway.
You can always tip in order to increase motivation ;)

Parts F, J, & M do not fit the model. Do you have alternative files?

Hi ntrichar, thanks for coming by again for pointing up doubts/suggestions that someone else can also have.
As I mentioned already, I don't make a living of this. I recently got a new job and of course I have to put much more effort on it, leaving this hobbie aside for a while.
That said, as soon as I have some spare time I will update the files that need to be updated as well as try to put together an instructions file available for everyone to download.
About the pieces you mention, its highly possible that they need to be slightly adjusted (aka sand and cut away). However, I can tell you that the files are the original ones I used for myself so definitively they can be used with those modifications.
Thanks for your understanding and have a nice day.

The parts are way off. Did you use other files or just cut into these parts?
No one can pay you due to you're the model's license... But, if this really took you 6-months to complete, I think you would take more pride in your work and respond to the community.

Hi, check the recently uploaded PDF file, I hope it contains everything you may need. Thanks for your patience.
Also check for the missing files.

Look ntrichar they obviously went through a lot of work trying to design this complex piece of lighting machinery in a way that it could be 3D printed not to mention trying to tolerance a project with so many parts is incredibly difficult and time consuming because of the way PLA can react to heat and how it can morph and warp on cooling so I think that Arquit3D is incredibly determined and deserves a ton of respect for even taking on such and audacious engineering challenge and to further produce a functioning product. I mean you no disrespect but, I don't exactly see any designs at all on your page so maybe you owe Arquit3D a bit more respect. Lets give credit where credit is due.

Thanks for the noce words!

By the way, I'm trying to answer to everyone, not instantly, but once every one or two weeks.
Thanks again.

awesome but way to many parts. could you make it in fewer parts possibly? if not than plans how the parts assemble. even a simple blowup of the parts in order in a pic to see how it will go.

Hi, I'm sorry but I have no time to reupload the files in a different way if its that what you mean. For the assembly help, I'm on it. Sorry for the delay. I hope I can upload the file in the coming weeks

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Hello, congratulations on the work.
Would you like to get the plans for the assembly, could you make it available?

Assembly instructions uploaded. Hope you find them useful. Hours of work in here.

This is awesome! I'd like to make one for my nephew, but I could use some help. Any chance that you are going to include another file with some instructions as mentioned in other comments?

Hi CrashcupMN, sorry for the delay. I just uploaded the assembly instructions. Take a look at it and let me know if they are enough from your POV. Thanks!

Fantasic, thanks!

Hi CrashcupMN, thanks!
I'll find the time to get into it, but definitively I have to.
In the meantime, if you have any problem just send me a PM and I'll to help you with the assembly.

Hello. May i get the blueprints of the batsignal?

Still no U,V or W files? DO you think they're actually needed? I'd hate to start printing and get stuck at construction stage

Sorry, I have been really busy these last weeks. U, V and W files are completely not necessary for the model. They belong to the fake power box, located in the corner of the main base in the render. Actually I didn't printed them as they were really small and that's the reason why I forgot the upload them. Nevertheless I'll upload them as soon as I can for everyone interested.
Note as well that the pieces index image is a little bit outdated and some pieces were changed for better printing success. Also some parts require slight post-printing modifications to fit in the main model, but nothing that can't be solved with some sanding.
Good luck and enjoy!

Ah, I see. That free standing tower/power box. Yeah, agree probably unnecessary. Thanks for your quick reply

Are there assembly instructions for this somewhere? In addition is where something that lists how many of each part needs to be printed?

Hi elixirgraphics. Sorry for the late reply. Assembly instructions file just uploaded. About the parts needed, if i'm not wrong is one of each one. I make copies of some of them and numbered, so for example all A1, A2, A3 and A4 are identical, so you need four A's or one of each file if you downloaded all parts together.

Hi, great project, just one thing, where are the files U V W, do not I find them?

Thanks! I'm not sure what you mean, but if you mean textures, there are no textures at all.. otherwise, let me know what you mean with the UVW files.

I believe he is referring to these files: http://d.pr/i/AknWlM

They're not in the ZIP file.

My bad... really bad. I just replied to another comment about them. I'll upload them soon but they are not necessary for the main model.

exactly those are the missing files


So awesome all the way down to the great paint job.

Thanks a lot. Sanding was the most frustrating part, painting it the best!


Any chance of getting a step by step on how you wired up the Led? :)

Hey adrianq123, I just uploaded an assembly instructions file with some wiring details. If you need more info just let me know. Sorry for the delay by the way.

Sure! No problem. Maybe not with pictures but I'll include a scheme and some notes in an additional file.