Key to the Bastille

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Key to the Bastille by MakerBot Jul 13, 2012
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On July 14th, 1789 the Bastille fortress was stormed during the French Revolution. Marquis de Lafayette gave the key to the Bastille to George Washington in 1790. This key is a dead-on replica of that key which is now on display in the museum at Mount Vernon. Make your own in time for Bastille Day. It's tomorrow so get going!

Created by Todd Blatt


Print both halves, glue together. Use mouse ears to help it lay flat if you have trouble with curling. The mouse ears hang off the bed a little bit if you make this at full scale, but it's okay; it'll still work.


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Just had my local public library use the 3D printer donated by my colleague Friends of the Library to print up a copy of this Mount Vernon Bastille Key. Took them 3 hours each side (total 6 hours) and cost me $6. Note: designer made key totally symmetric. It’s not; the alignment ridge is supposed to be only on the left side. Also, the printed key is 8 ¾ inches long, versus the real key’s 7 ½ inches. Nevertheless, pretty cool! Thanks to the designer!
Note: tutorial REF: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIASyrInaxA and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIPYMdxw4qU
My own personal interest: http://www.LibertyKey.US

Unfortunately, the key is not completely symmetrical. The alignment ridge on the left side of the key (main picture) is not on the right side. Gluing the two halves together does not yield a faithful rendition of the key. Curious, where did you get the "left" half of the key? For more information, check out "George Washington's Liberty Key: Mount Vernon's Bastille Key" at www.LibertyKey.US

Check out interesting information about George Washington's Bastille Key at www.bahrnoproducts.com/Bastille_Key.htm