Catan Border with Port Tile Cutouts

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Catan Border with Port Tile Cutouts by rbuckbailey Feb 24, 2013
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For use with JAWong's brilliant 3D Catan tiles, http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:26979, this border is tinkered off of Triskite's "Working Settles of Catan border in 2 prints," http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:21460. I have scaled it down vertically, which makes the joints print a little ugly but they still notch together, and added cutouts for Port Tiles.

New 4mm version available (2013-3-29). It's not obvious in the pictures, but the road and city cutouts are a little higher, too.

The inset tracks and circles will fit my Round Player Pieces, http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:46065.

The port holes are scaled to fit the original cardboard pieces or my own Catan Port Tiles, WIP at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:53812.

The 5-6 Player Expansion includes port tiles. (How-to-assemble picture soon.) If you're using this, you may also want 5-6 Player Number Tokens: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:70996


If these curl on removal from the build plate, you may want to try baking them at 155f on a nice flat baking sheet.

Print 3x, and alternate pieces as follows: three-sides with port, two-port-right, three sides no port, two-port-left, repeat.

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How long did you bake the pieces for to resolve the curling?

Does anyone have an edit with the magnetic bases that would fit these, similar to the magnetic bases for the tiles:


Catan Magnetic Bases - 3mm Spherical Neodymium
by Isolt

Which sets do I print to get borders for the base game, then for the 5-6 expansion and how many of each? It seems like 2 sets are similar and I don't have a program to see exactly what they are. Thanks!

For the base game, print 3 copies of catan_borders_4mm (or polysoup for the original thinner version).
Add just one expansion plate for 5-6 players.

Awesome! Thanks!

Argh, these seem to work well on paper, having a hard time getting them to fit just right. Seems to be just a bit off. Not sure if I have done anything wrong/differently. I printed in abs as well. I will try again and play around with it, but seems to be just a bit off, enough that all the various parts keep moving around.

The joint fit can be tricky. I had to do a bit of filing to get mine to fit. But others have said they came out too loose!

I think it comes down to machine settings and probably the qualities of the plastic as well. I've become a big fan of PET lately, in particular for joints.

My latest Catan set up avoids this issue entirely by using the tiled style of border, though...

Anyway we can get the individual pieces posted? I can't print the whole set on my ToM.

That's interesting. I printed in ABS and actually had to do a little sanding to make them fit. That was on our Makerbot Replicator 1. Machine tolerances can vary a lot.

Sorry Baz that I don't have the time right now to chop up the plates for you, but sites like http://tinkercad.comtinkercad.com make that kind of modification very easy to do. Good luck with your borders!

Incorrect. I am in Tinkercad now and I see no easy way to import and split the pieces

I've actually been using MeshLab to split up the individual parts from your STL files. I'm redesigning them to suite my own needs. I'll post them up as a remix when they are done. Thanks!