4d-Staunton Full Size Chess Set

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4d-Staunton Full Size Chess Set by PerryT Jan 7, 2013
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This is a FULL size Traditional Staunton Chess set designed by 4dCadCam.com
My interpretation of one anyway!
Including a Board. The STL files are very high res which is why they are large. Worth the download. I experimented with lower res output and was not satisfied. I like "VERY Smooth" surfaces. :)


Print with or without raft, it’s your choice, whatever works for your machine.
This is a real project to print the entire set.
I designed this for my father as a gift (he is a Chess master) and decided to share it when finished because it came out so well.
All Photos are from the first one I printed on a Makerbot Replicator.
30 hours for the pieces and another 35 hours for the board. Half a spool of material for each color.
The base of each Chess piece is hollow so you can weight it if you would like. I hot glued lead shot in each one and put a felt pad on the bottom of each piece.
The Board is constructed in two sections. There is a base (jigsaw puzzle) consisting of 3 separate pieces. Center, Side and Corner. You need to print 4 corners, 8 Sides and 4 centers. They will snap together very tightly, I designed it that way. The board has 2” squares.
The “Squares” , you will need to print 32 of each color and either just lay them in place or bond them in place with a solvent or adhesive to make the board permanent.
I have also included a countersunk hole in the center of each piece so you can screw it down to a decorative board or whatever you would like.
Since I printed mine from ABS I just coated the bottom and sides of each piece with pure “ACETONE” and bonded in place. I also boded the base just to make it more rigid.
But you do not have to do this

Good luck….
Let me know if anyone has any recommendations or complaints or... whatever.. :)
And as always, please post pics of your finished project if you print any of this.


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Are all the holes in the bottoms of the pieces all same size? Great design, thank you.

wow !!
nice job making this

Printing now on a Replicator. Coming out really well.

Anybody have ideas on how to weight the pieces?

I ended up filling the bottom with iron fillings with epoxy over it.. give it the perfect weight

Just wanted to say "Thanks". I really liked printing this set. For anybody that does not need full size, scaling to 64% is about the same size as an Analysis set (2.5" king). Also scaling to 74% is perfect for a 1.5" squares board (~3" king). I will post pictures under "Made" when I have both sides fully printed

i cant get the Pieces to fit??

Are you referring to the base for the board?

Great projekt but having issues during the print, bending corners etc

I am running into issues with the Chess Board Corner Pieces not staying flat and they are actually bending upward at the corners as they are made/cool. Did you ever run into this problem?
Can you think of anything I should try or settings I should change to hopefully avoid this problem?



Very very cool! I'm looking forward to getting around to printing a micro chess set (I'm hoping for maybe 12-14in sides of the board) Any idea how I could scale it to acheive that? Thanks, and thanks for the great model. One of the few to include a board.

Do you use supports for printing the knight???

NO... i do not use supports.. and i designed the piece to not need support... although sometimes the knight might have a little chin hair... lol
it will print fine without support.. but go ahead and use it if you like...


I've moved onto printing the bed and I've found that the tolerance between the locking tabs is incredibly tight. This requires me to have to file each piece so the tabs can connect. Are you willing to reduce the tolerance a little (+.1 or .2 maybe) between the tabs so they're not quite so tight.

I'm printing with a DaVinci 1.0 at a .2 resolution. The heated bed adds a little lip to the bottom of each piece which contributes to the issue as well.

Thank you.

i am very sorry for the long delay in writing a reply to this message.... a lot going on in my life.
the frame for the board is designed to be "VERY" tight.... use a hammer to put the peaces together if you have to... my fingers hurt like crazy after i assemble one.... i designed it to be a one time permanent assembly.....
you can file down the pieces a little if you want a lose fit..... hope you enjoy the design... i loved creating it.

I just made the Rook and I can't believe how good it turned out. Wow. I'm pretty excited to make the whole set now. I'm going to be using "natural" filament for one side because it approximates ivory so well.

Thank you for such an awesome project!

Update: My printer (DaVinci 1.0) doesn't do overhangs well so I've had to use support on some pieces. They print extremely well though.

Thank you for the compliment.... i designed this entire set and box for my father as a gift.
I liked it so much, that i printed one for myself and then put it up on Thingiverse so everyone can have with it.

I'm into this project. White King, Queen, Bishop, Knight, both Rooks, 5 Pawns. I made a time lapse of a Rook printing. http://youtu.be/YkO6C_U8j8A Thanks again for the models.

I printed out the king and knight at 100 microns on my Rep 2. Very nice. Sadly the sd card had a glitch when the cross was being printed on the king, so only half a cross was printed.
I assume the hollow area under the piece is for weighting it. Any suggestions on what to use for weight? Clay, lead weights, etc?

Sorry, answered my own question in the instructions. Doh!

Thanx for uploading your PRO design! I changed the original chess pieces but the board is sick!
Thanks again!!

ok I struggled with this one to get a clean print, kept getting holes in the tops of the pieces, after some experimenting here are the settings I used

the pieces

material: PLA

Layer: 0.1mm

Shells : 3

Infill : 30%

Extruder temp: 195 degrees C

Bed Temp : 80 Degrees C

Speed while extruding: 60 mm/s

Speed while traveling 150 mm/s


material: PLA

Layer: 0.1mm

Shells : 4

Infill : 40%

Extruder temp: 195 degrees C

Bed Temp : 80 Degrees C

Speed while extruding: 60 mm/s

Speed while traveling 150 mm/s

oh and I am using a Wanhao Dupicator 4 with duel extruders and ReplicatorG

Where are the files for the box for the pieces?

I designed the box after i uploaded my original Chess set design that is why they are not all together. I could have added it... maybe i will in the future.... Here is the link to download the box... Hope you enjoy!


4d-Staunton Full Size Chess Set Box
by PerryT

NO.... i have not received anything.... i went through my junk mail too.
try this.
mailto:[email protected]:[email protected]

[email protected]

a lot of people type .com out of habbit... make sure it is .net

Hi PerryT, this is quite an awesome design. I am using a solidoodle instead and I have printed the rook and queen as my first two test piece at 1.5 resolution (about 3hours 15min for the queen =p) however I printed them with support material and I'm having difficulty getting a smooth finish due to stubs after removing the support material. Do you have any suggestion on how I can smooth the surface?

they are uploaded in very high resolutions... hence the file sizes... its funny, some have complained about that.
just print WITHOUT support and you should be fine. I can put out some ULTRA hight res stl's if you would like but what i have uploaded is almost as smooth as glass.

Sorry I don't quite understand what you mean by high res stl's. Most of the stl's I have worked with are converted from autocad inventor (.ipt) after which I slice them using Slic3r. My understanding of resolution is the slicing settings for layer height in Slic3r. Do you mean that the resolution is infact controlled by the stl format instead?

Sorry I meant I am using Autodesk Inventor. I've checked the STL exporting for Inventor, there is a high res, mid res and low res. Can I check what settings are you using for your high res configuration if you are using Inventor? Also can I check with you your settings for the perimeter speed in Slic3r? Thanks for your help =)

Partially yes…..

Your slicing engine can only do as good as the facet resolution in the
stl file you have. There are editors out there…. It is easy to go down… hard to go UP…

That is why I put my files up at the highest resolution that is
practical for download. People can knock it down as they see fit.

If you slice up a shitty apple… you have a shitty sliced apple…. I put out as good of apples as I can.

And I do get blamed when the slicer is shitty…. But I can only do my best….

Send me a email so i have your address and i will reply with two files as demos to show you exactly what i am talking about.

[email protected]

Hi Perry, I've sent you an email. Did you get it?

NO.... i have not received anything.... i went through my junk mail too.
try this.
mailto:[email protected]:[email protected]

[email protected]

a lot of people type .com out of habbit... make sure it is .net

Hi Perry, I've sent you another email and I have double checked that I keyed in your email correctly but I do not think you have received it as I did not get a reply, I'm not sure why. My email is [email protected] maybe you can email me instead thank you.

Perry, thanks for sharing such an awesome creation!
I have printed most of the pieces now and they all look awesome!
Now though i am experiencing a bit of a problem with the board, every time I print one of the squares on my Mbot Rep2 it prints missing many of the sides of the hexagonal pattern on the top, any idea why this would happen? I have tried just about everything I can think of to get an accurate print (changing temp, speed extruding/travelling, slicer, infill, shells) and every print results with the same missing bits, I am beginning to believe it a problem with either the x3g file created or the interpretation of the x3g file by the Mbot Rep2..

You are very welcome. I am sorry that you are having problems.
If you can send me a picture of exactly what you are talking about i may be able get recommend something.
do NOT use the Accelerated default print settings..... it will mess up any really fine detail in models. (honeycomb patterns) I do not like it and don't use it at all.
for me it doesn't work. That is my first guess on what is causing your problem, but send me a pic if you can.
[email protected]

What do you mean by "Accelerated default print settings"? I am using MakerWare Make with Standard settings.
I have tried slowing (by about 20) the Extruding and Travelling speeds but that did not effect the print.
I also tried Low/standard/High resolution with no luck their either

I didn't realize you are using the updated software for your printer. I'm sorry.
I am at a loss to explain why you are having problems.... i have literally printed hundreds of the blocks without a single problem.... i can design something for you that might fix the problem if i can see what you are talking about... please send me a pic if you can.

Did you receive my email?

The new tile/block you supplied me with prints perfectly!! Thanks for your help!!

You're welcome!

I'm having the same issues with the base squares not printing properly. Can you possibly supply me the same file? Thanks!

First - thanks for all the great work you did on these pieces! Second, I am a teacher at a High School that just did very well for itself in its first year of competing - winning State Champs for our division (AA). We have a MakerBot at school, and so I wanted to make a special "Wasatch Academy" set to perhaps give to the #1 Chess player each year (and a set for myself, naturally...). So, I am trying to use Sketchup 8 to put a Tiger's head (our mascot) on the Knight instead of the traditional horse. I have a rough tiger head, and I have imported and scaled it to match the simplified version JulienM made (Thanks to Julien as well!), but then I am in way over my head. I have no idea how to disassemble the horse head and put the tiger head in its place.


First - you are welcome! :)

Second: I am not sure exactly what you have. I will help all i can. if you can send me the 3D model of the tigers head in a iges or step file i can put it on the knight for you and send you a high res stl....I will do my best to help.

send it to [email protected]

Turned out Awesome once I figured out MY issues. Live and learn. Great Design and it is tremendous that you are sharing this with the community.

I love this, however when I went to print the corners today I ended up cleaning up a lot of broken bits when printing at high speed. It seems the logo, was messing with me. I think you should keep it there, don't get me wrong you did all the major work...but can you print it on a raised piece of the board. Or can I invert the part to make it print better? Any advice? I'm still figuring this out only a few hundred hours with this printer.

do not use high speed printing... i tried myself and have had nothing but problems..... the parts i export are very hi res.... hence their size. just use standard settings and don't try to rush it and it will print fine. I have printed many complete boards without a single scrapped section. once you get a system down that works... don't mess with it!... that is the best advice i have.... and of course..."don't rush it"... anything worth having is worth waiting for! :)

BTW, the finished product turned out fine, it was about 5 minutes of tenuous moments at the beginning with the tweezers and the putty knife. Awesome design!

Hi Perry, this looks perfect! I've been looking for something like this! I'm new to this whole world, could you please let me know the dimensions of the king and pawn? Height and base diameter? Thanks!

I tried to stay as close as possible to a traditional full size Staunton set.
i deviated where i thought it looked better and printed easier.

Pawn: 1.95" tall
1.125" dia base.

King: 3.975" tall
1.6" dia base.

they shrink a little while printing that is why the height is a little off the round numbers.
Hope you enjoy the set.
I am currently printing a 3/4 scale set and it really looks great.

I am remixing the heck out of this. Awesome.

Thank you Mike.
I love your design... very nice. I think my base would work great with the squares. AWESOME.

Thanks Perry! I will be remixing your design for the base with curves instead of hard angles, I think it will match my set a little better. Also I have linked you set in my thing so people can print out your base if they want before I have remixed it. I plan on printing you set after I get mine done. It's taking a helluva long time to print :) Thanks again!

I put the full description in the derivative.

"Quadric Edge Collapse Decimation" in MeshLab seems to be much better than the export settings in a lot of programs.

The image is a comparison of the Knight, before and after. I doubt any normal printer would produce different results between the two files, for a 50x decrease in file size,

Basically I just wanted to offer an alternative, for those who have problems with such large files.

Thank you... i downloaded the knight and did a direct comparison of my original and it looks awesome considering how much smaller the file is. personally i don't care about file size and i don't have issues with them, i am looking for quality but if i can have both... its a win win.. and it definitely makes it easier for anyone who downloads the files. i appreciate the help and advice. It is VERY welcome. I am an engineer and have been designing crap all my life, but i am new to 3D printing, i'm still learning. Thanks again. :)

What are you doing to simplify the parts so that the file size is smaller? And how does it effect the slicing and quality of the finished part? I have played around with the stl's when i export and noticed that the higher resolution i use, the better the quality of the part. I like to keep the faceting sizes as small as possible and still maintain a reasonable part file size. It just bugs me seeing flat areas on a sphere or curved surface...

Pawn and King are scaled properly now.

Sorry about the scaling problem.... i edited a couple of the pieces and forgot.... i was in a hurry to get them up before i went to bed last night... :) I will fix them and correct the files.

Nice pieces. These could be good for casting as well.

I think the King and the Pawn are in inches, whereas the other pieces are in mm. I re-uploaded all the pieces simplified, to reduce the overall filesize in order to facilitate slicing.

Brilliant! This is going to have to be my first serious print after I receive my white filament :)

I have white and i think natural looks a little better. Post some pics when you print and let us see how it comes out!

Very nice. Probably the first awesome printable board I have seen :)

Thank you. I wanted to make it look like a high end hand made hardwood board.