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Bauhaus Model II 1924 Chess Set

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Bauhaus Model II 1924 Chess Set by TeamTeamUSA Jan 11, 2011

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Always wanted a Bauhaus chess set but couldn't afford one‽ Here ya go!

Inspired by Josef Hartwig's Model II chess set created in 1924 at Bauhaus Weimar, this chess set is ~10mm smaller in all dimensions than the original. It plays nicely on a board with 40-50mm squares, perhaps this one: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4258.

The STL files are based upon a 30mm King cube, the module from which all pieces are sized. The OpenSCAD files are parametric so you can create a version in almost any size!

The current queen is still a work-in-progress but since this was featured on the blog even though un-published, http://blog.thingiverse.com/2011/01/04/bauhaus-chess-set/ (how did that happen??) Alan forced my hand.

2011-01-14 UPDATE
Thumbnail photo changed to one containing 40mm and 25mm Queens. Added discussion of cost to have the chess set printed at Shapeways and Ponoko. Only germane if you don't have a 3D printer, or want it in a material other than thermoplastic.

2011-01-12 UPDATE
25mm files uploaded; the 30mm size was too large for testing. Four versions of the queen are now included: one-piece, two-pieces, three-pieces.
In the picture with the dog, the queen is based upon the proper 40mm king (the build-platform is 140mm). It has a nice heft and hand-feel but until all the kinks are worked out don't print at 40mm. The thumbnail picture is of a 25mm three-piece queen.


Choose and print the Queen you want, and print all other parts in the Parts List.

The queen is special; that's why there are four versions of her! If your printer and settings are well tuned, you might be able to print her in one go. I wasn't able to so I created versions with multiple parts.

One-Piece Queen
Good luck printing this one nicely; if you do, you're done.
queen_solid.stl - 1 print per queen

Two-Piece Queen
Print with flat-side down. Attach pieces with 3 ~10mm lengths of 3mm filament.
queen_half.stl - 2 prints per queen

Two-Piece Queen Diagonal
Print with flat-side down. Attach pieces with 3 ~10mm lengths of 3mm filament.
queen_half_diagonal.stl - 2 prints per queen

Three-Piece Queen
Print with flat-side down. Attach pieces with 1 ~20mm length of 3mm filament.
queen_base.stl - 1 print per queen
queen_head_top.stl - 1 print per queen
queen_head_bottom.stl - 1 print per queen

Print in desired colors, or print white/natural and color using alcohol-based ink pens.

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FYI, the Queen printed fine for me as a single piece but the knight needed support material and my old cupcake never did that very well - so I split the knight into 2 pieces for printing and it worked just fine.

I'm also thinking it would be cool to put lead shot into the honeycomb as it's built to give that luxury weighted feel to the pieces. Plus I've got magnetic ideas ;)


I've admired this chess set for years and created this so I could play it without breaking the bank. Now I see all sorts of additional versions:

  • A magnetic portable version
  • A glass or metal version via Shapeways
  • A ginormous version - 150mm - paired with a dining table whose top is a painted
    /tiled/inlaid chessboard

The list goes on and on... :)

May I upload a set to Shapeways for personal use only?

I already uploaded the 25mm files:


The other pieces are still rendering... I'll post their URLs when available.

I'm working on a smaller version in which each pi
ece has a magnetized base. It'll be great for a chess robot... ;)

Problem is that they are rendering (pricing) them solid because your files aren't hollow. The pricing is out-of-sight because of that. They don't accept G-code that has the insides as a lattice. So it's up to us to make files that have thick-enough walls to make them sturdy, but not solid to make them expensive.

I think a 2-3mm wall would be great...just actual CAD work, which I don't do yet.

The magnetic thing is something I was already going to do with the 30mm pieces I've been test-printing. Then design the board so the pieces with "click" into place with like magnets embedded...the little square ones
MakerBot uses.

I uploaded a hollow Queen to Shapeways but she's the same price:


Guess I'll have to make the bottom a separate piece in order for the system to see her as hollow.

Just try the rook for a good comparison. Thx!

Here are a couple of rooks:



Each is 25mm with 2mm walls. The former has a solid 1mm bottom panel that friction fits, the latter has a centered 4mm hole in the bottom - enough for a small magnet. A 10mm magnet/hole with an internal keeper might be better.

Looking better... :)



Shapeways isn't the only game in town. There's also Ponoko's Personal Factory 4 which uses CloudFab for 3D printing:


material: Durable plastic
Making: $3.83
Material: $0.83
Total: $4.66

Ponoko seems the least expensive so far. ;) But wait, shipping and tax is still required:

Weimar Rook Hollow 4
Making $3.84
Materials $0.83
Shipping $8.82
Sales tax $1.32
Order quantity (x1)
Total USD14.81

! =-O

What's the price for four rooks?

Weimar Rook Hollow 4
Making $15.36
Materials $3.32
Shipping $8.82
Sales tax $2.68
Order quantity (x4)
Total USD30.18

USD7.54 ea., about half the price of one rook. If you live in Oakland, CA you can eliminate the shipping and the price drops to USD5.34 ea.

Due to different shipping charges, Ponoko may be the least expensive if you don't have a 3D printer and don't want any of the exotic materials that Shapeways offers.

I'll upload a hollow queen and see if that makes a difference...

How do you recommend orienting the queen's half on the platform?

Update qty to need 4 bishops and 4 knights.

Just testin' ya! ;) Updated!