Reims Cathedral Kitset

by m_bergman Nov 26, 2012
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This is a great design!! I would like to print it! What infill did you use? Did you use support? Thanks!!

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This is cool that I came across this today of all days. With the cathedral burning down today, this will definitely be a keepsake to have. Beautiful model

Words fail me... Has anyone told you recently that you must be slightly insane!!!!

1/560 scale... could be printed in 1/56... Not sure where I would store it though...

At 1/56 scale you could just live in it. lol

That's a lot of pieces. How long did this take to make? Including paint and assembly.

Printing +40hrs...

This is truly amazing! I have visited the Reims Cathedral many times. Most recently about 7 years ago when it was undergoing a major restoration. Would it be possible to get the files in SolidWorks? Thanks.

I'm having difficulty with 16c. I'm using ABS and I can't get the arms to not break off. Tried many different directions, but nothing is working. Any suggestions?

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How did you paint this?

This is a fantastic model. Does anyone know the scale. Is the Solidworks model available?

Thanks for the prompt reply. I will post a picture when I get it done, I am using a Dremel 3D40 so I am sure there will be a learning curve.

Anybody had problems printing 15b?

Hi m_bergman ! Congratulations on such an amazing work and for sharing it! I am also very passionate about detailed historical architecture for 3D printing. Did you model this in SolidWorks? The screenshot of the model made me think of it.

You have inspired me to push for detail, seeing that printers can actually achieve such quality, judging by the pictures and makes from other people :)

WOW! absolutely impressive.

That's so impressive it makes me not want to post my mini harry potter castle project. HA

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Downloaded and checked: reims_cathedral_fixed.zip contains reims15b.stl, size 1339684 bytes.

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I am looking to the STL file for the hole structure because I am trying to print it at the microscale by direct laser writing. could you help me please to find the STL file ?


This design was for me the deciding impulse in buing a 3D printer kit. After more than 1 year the printer is finished and running smooth. I am starting to print this out but the results are not satisfactory, at the moment But eventually, i will get it, i am sure.

Please upload a full stl.

We will definitely build this one !

Would you have a complete obj file with textures please. We would like to try and import into an MMO virtual environment at full size.

perfect, how does it match with 28mm miniatures´and buildings made for them? ill have to check sizes. thanks a lot for sharing!!!

This is a unimaginable huge work you have done.
My respect for this great achievement.

can you make a stl file that is all the pieces laid out, so I can do One BIG print?

maybe even combine some of the pieces into one.

Is there a full stl of this anywhere?

The roof 13c1 and 27c are different sizes?
Also cross checked in CAD-program.
Otherwise very impressing, I print it in +50% size atm.

The bottom edges ARE at different heights, because the building has a step in the roof there.
At +50% this is going to be a big model. Good luck. :)

Impressive! Thank you.

This is such an impressive model - I would love to be able to make this. Well done

Really impressive! Thanks for sharing.


This model is great, but what is better is the way you painted it and brought it to life. Can I ask you a few questions about that?

  1. is this abs or pla?
  2. what type of paints did you use? Acrylic?
  3. is this just a wash of paint? How thick is it?
  4. do you have any tutorials or tips?


It's in the instructions in the zip.

Printed on UP! Plus using standard pp3dp white filament.
0.2mm, normal, loose, 3mm raft.
Perfboard (screwed to plate) with thin smear of liquid ABS before each print.
All parts drawn in Solidworks 2012 from scratch, referencing L'Instant Durable paper model, internet photos and
Parts assembled with acetone, wicked between parts with a syringe. Hold together / clamp until dry (about 5 minutes.)
All fine details had a wicking of acetone to strengthen them. Blow on the surface of the part after applying acetone to
ensure there are no pools or puddles and the excess is spread out and can evaporate. If you leave a puddle the ABS
goes gooey and can take a day or more to cure.
Surface prep - remove strings, raft. That's it.
Paint job is quick and nasty, mainly to highlight the details.
Painted using mostly Citadel Acrylics (Acrylics best choise for ABS. I like the Citadel ones for brushwork, as they are
thicker, especially the new formulation base colours which cover really well with one coat.)
Base coat Citadel Desert Yellow, thinned, paint both sides ( or else the white makes it look translucent.)
Roof Airfix acrylic #53, not thinned.
Quick wash of Citadel Flesh Wash, varying levels of thinning, around all the statues, details and roof tops.
Citadel Black Wash for darker details.
Drybrush of Citadel Codex Grey in places where the wash had covered too much of the base coat.

many thanks, this is really useful.

what is the liquid abs you use? and how do you use it? not a technique I heard of before - but could be useful!

thanks again.

Acetone is a known solvent to ABS. You simply take a container that won't melt from acetone (glass cups or jars work well), put some acetone in it and then some ABS scraps. The ABS will melt into a thick slurry that can be painted on and used like glue. The solvent etches into the ABS parts being bonded. Obviously, acetone is flammable so use caution especially with the fumes which are heavier than air.

Hello, it is possible to buy a kit of this cathedral ? (unassembled) i'm extremly interessed and a realy need one. Thanks.

You're architect? What kind of 3D print did you use?

Answers are in the description above

could anyone who printed this please share the total print time for the kit? (include your printer model and resolution too please) and if possible the weight with/without supports of the total project, i believe this would make an amazing project as a demonstration of the capabilities of a 3d printer and would love to try it once i get a printer but i doubt thats one spool worth of filament and most likely a multi-day print for most printers not to mention assembly time. id like to have some details before i jump in over my head.

it took me about 100 hours for printing and assembly time i used 1 and a half 750g rolls of abs and i printed it on a up mini with a resolution of .2

Hey, great kitset, beautifully rendered.
I've tried printing it with the Replicator 2 but it keeps giving me an error message after the slicing, has anyone had this problem or knows how to fix it? I'm really interested in making one of these.

Hi, this is a wonderful work we will try inspiring our students with. However, the file reims13c.stl is not hollow as it should be to connect to reims27c. Could you share a hollow version that fits snugly with the 27c?

Sorry, not sure what happened there, since my printed one is hollow. Revised file in download area, also new zip file. Parasolid was correct.

the only problem with this print: it will take three generations of 3d printing, and so much support. Aliena and the quarry and everything. Oh my. I better get starting.

Amazing! by the way what scale is it in?

Scale was decided by fitting the largest bits to the printer table.

How many pounds of ABS did this take?  ;)

 270g assembled.
Estimate 450g including rafts, supports

So amazed! This is the new "test print".

Wow!  That's impressive.

Amazing....just amazing!! Thank you soooo much for sharing such an incredible piece of art work. I am in awe everytime I look at the details of this model and realize the time it took just to model it (let alone the time it takes to print and assemble). Thank you!

Excellent detail, the UP is an amazing machine

awesome work!
insane print.
soo..  we are challenged to work on full colour support in our openscource 3d printers.

wonderful project !! congradulations !! :-)
Can i ask, how many prints hours was this all together ?
Ian :-)

Quickly adding up my logbook I got 78 hours. Not sure if that included duplicates bits like buttresses.

Stunning work sir.

Absolutely the best printed model I've ever seen.Tick VG.