Mar 9, 2019

3D Printed Castle – 10 Best Models to Mark Your Territory

3D printers are amazing! Castles are amazing! When you combine the two, you're sure to amaze your friends, family, and self. So let's take a look at some of the best castles to 3D print.

3D Printed Castle – Best Models Layered Fortifications

Stunning castle basking in the setting sun. Source: Bucket List Freak / YouTube

Castles are old! Windsor Castle, the oldest occupied castle in the world, is almost 950 years old! So, in the literal sense, castles get old. However, in the figurative sense, they never age a bit. The meticulous design and impressive construction have continued to wow for centuries.

With 3D printing, you can bring this “wow” into your own house!

Ready? Let’s take a look at 10 of the coolest 3D printable castles to mark your territory. (Spoiler: You are going to love the last one!)

3D Printed Castle – Best Models 1. Medieval Castle

3D printied medieval castle based on Schloss Lichtenstein and Neuschwanstein. Source: boldmachines / Thingiverse

What is it? This model is the definition of awesome! Boldmachines modeled this design after Schloss Lichtenstein Castle and Neuschwanstein Castle, which are both located in Germany. Designed as either a single-part or multipart file, this will definitely be a perfect addition to your 3D print collection. This model (at full scale and 20% infill) takes several days of printing and about 4 kg of filament, but the end print will be well worth the cost!

Who designed it? Boldmachines

Who printed it? About 170 makes of this model have been posted on Thingiverse. Some are big. Some are small. Some are even multi-colored. One thing is for sure, this model is fun to print.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

3D Printed Castle – Best Models 2. The Dark Tower

The 3D printed Barad-Dûr that almost seems alive. Source: kijai / MyMiniFactory

What is it? “Sauron has become now a sorcerer of dreadful power, master of shadows and of phantoms, foul in wisdom, cruel in strength, misshaping what he touched, twisting what he ruled, lord of werewolves.” Tolkien in ‘The Silmarillion’

The personality of Sauron is accurately portrayed in this 3D printable Barad-Dûr. The fact that this model requires no support is a nice bonus. And when you finish printing, orange LED’s make the firey moat flash and the Eye come alive. 

Who designed it? kijai

Who printed it? The approximate 26 hour print time hasn’t stopped several MyMiniFactory users have posted makes of this model. Dark gray is a popular color for this print, and for good reason too! The prints almost look real.

Where to find it? MyMiniFactory

3D Printed Castle – Best Models 3. Frozen Castle

A 3D printed Frozen castle as it's showing off its splendor. Source: kijai / MyMiniFactory

What is it? Whether you’re Elsa’s #1 fan or not, you will most likely love this model! Designed to require no supports, this model is printable at any scale. At 100% scale (125 mm tall), this print uses about 120 g of material. Plus, thanks to a hollow space inside the model, after you’re done printing, you can add LED’s for an even more magical effect. 

Who designed it? kijai

Who printed it? Several MyMiniFacytory makers have posted makes of this model. Printing in PETG (or another translucent material) makes for an impressive print to light up with LEDs!

Where to find it? MyMiniFactory

3D Printed Castle – Best Models 4. Minas Tirith

3D printed Minas Tirith shining bright. Source: cuitlahac / Thingiverse

What is it? Minas Tirith is one of the most beautiful buildngs in the whole Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. With this next 3D printed castle model, it might also be one of the most beautiful buildings in your 3D print collection. The fun and majesty of this Thing do not end with just the main print, however. Clavenmoo has also designed a light base for this model to make your very own Minas Tirith shine above your other prints. 

To allow makers to add lights to the model, clavenmoo hollowed out this model. This lowers print time and filament usage significantly. He suggests printing this model with 10% infill and NO supports!

Who designed it? clavenmoo

Who printed it? Nearly 50 Thingiverse users have posted makes of the model using various sizes, colors, and machines. 

Where to find it? Thingiverse

3D Printed Castle – Best Models 5. Castle Rexor

A model-size 3D printed Castle Rexor, which would be intimidating in real life! Source: dutchmogul / Thingiverse

What is it? What do you get when you cross a 3D printer, a T-rex, and a castle? You get this: Castle Rexor by dutchmogul. Expertly designed with detail to make your 3D print collection pop, you are sure to love this model. Plus, this print doesn’t need support, so you can jump right in to smooth printing without the annoyance of difficult post-processing. And because it is scalable to any size, you can choose how much time and filament you want to use!

Who designed it? dutchmogul

Who printed it? Quite a few Thingiverse users have posted makes for this model. Most are printed on FDM machines, though this model is compatible with other additive manufacturing processes, as well. 

Where to find it? Thingiverse

3D Printed Castle – Best Models 6. Modular Castle Playset

A 3D printed castle playset that is a bustling place. Source: CreativeTools / Thingiverse

What is it? Modular, Fun, 3D printable…what more could you want in an awesome playset? This awesome Thing uploaded by CreativeTools is a great way to make custom toys and sets with a normal 3D printer. All the parts are designed to be printed within a build volume of at least 140 mm x 140 mm x 140 mm. And with a few simple clicks, the pieces are joined with simple butterfly joints. 

Since this 3D printed castle playset is completely modular, the print time and filament usage are not set values. So have fun printing a customized castle to mark your territory.

Who designed it? CreativeTools

Who printed it? Several Thingiverse users have posted makes of this Thing. Makers have printed different parts of this Thing with various machines and materials.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

3D Printed Castle – Best Models 7. Spiral Tower

A 3D printed spiral tower that has a magical look. Source: kijai / MyMiniFactory

What is it? This next model is one of the least time consuming on this list. At 0.2 mm layer height and 20% infill this print should take about 3 hours and 34 g of material. The result is stunning. It will definitely be a great addition to your 3D print collection if you chose to print it.

Extra Perk: NO supports needed!

Who designed it? kijai

Who printed it? Several MyMiniFactory makers have printed this model with various filament and paint choices. 

Where to find it? MyMiniFactory

3D Printed Castle – Best Models 8. Guardian Gate

A 3D printed castle gate that is an impressive print! Source: kijai / MyMiniFactory

What is it? This model is an impressive take on a castle gate, complete with towering turrets and simple cottages. With a little under 3 hours and 57 grams of filament, you can easily 3D print and show off this castle. In addition to the low print time and material usage, this model prints in one piece and with no supports!

Who designed it? kijai

Who printed it? Several MyMiniFactory makers have printed this model. Most are printed and later painted for an even more amazing look.

Where to find it? MyMiniFactory

3D Printed Castle – Best Models 9. Grand Castle Generator

Grand Castle Generator in action! Source: Zivbot / Thingiverse

What is it? This list is not, by any means, an exhaustive list of all the best castles to 3D print. It should, however, show you some cool castles to make, and maybe encourage you to go find more. But, If you don’t want to print someone else’s castle, why not design your own? This Grand Castle Generator by Zivbot allow you to customize your own 3D printable castle with 9 simple controls. 

Zivbot explains, “If you’re new to the Customizer concept, start by hitting the “Open in Customizer” button on the right panel. After you play around with the settings and like what you see, click “Create Thing” to have it generated (takes a while) as an STL file you can download and print.”

Who designed it? Zivbot 

Who printed it? Several Thingiverse users have posted makes of their very own customizable model. The various designs show that the possibilities for this model are endless.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

3D Printed Castle – Best Models 10. Life-sized Concrete 3D Printed Castle

Rudenko's castle before final assembly. Source: andrey rudenko / Designboom

What is it? This next 3D printable castle is not #10 because it is, in some way, inferior to the previous designs. This castle is last on the list because it stands in a kingdom of its own.

Printed in concrete, with an enormous 3D printer that can fabricate houses, this castle exhibits the capabilities of additive manufacturing (AM). This castle was printed in just a couple days and is big enough to be perfectly habitable. Given that the fortress is the size of a small house, it is fascinating to think about all the possibilities accessible through AM

Andrey Rudenko (the designer and maker of this castle) plans to capitalize on these possibilities, by creating more machines to make bigger and better life-size structures. “A new era of architecture is inevitable‘ Rudenko explains “and I’m excited to see where the next few years will lead in terms of construction and design. I have previously been sure I could print homes, but having finished the castle, I now have proof that the technology is ready.”

We are very excited to see what he accomplishes next!

Who designed it? Andrey Rudenko

Who printed it? Andrey Rudenko

Where to find it? Minnesota, USA

Feature source image: James Vincent / Independent

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