Mar 10, 2019

3D Printed Dragon – 10 Best Curated Models

Need a fire-breathing behemoth for your tabletop wargame? A winged wyrm to adorn your bookshelf or desk? Here we have some of the mightiest serpents to be found, all of which you can hatch right out of your 3D printer!

Best 3D Printed Dragon Models What to Look for in a Dragon

A jointed, 3D printed dragon. Source: Cults3D

There are many, many varieties of dragon models to be found roaming about the lands of the Internet. However, not all of them are suitable for 3D printing, and fewer still are simple enough to be easily printed without expensive printers or lots of experience. 

To make your quest for these majestic models easier, we’ve compiled a compendium of a few that not only look good when finished but that have been printed by multiple people in addition to the original designer.

So, whether you’re looking for fully articulated firedrakes and serpents or another imposingly perched wyvern, have a look below to find the beast that best suits you!

Best 3D Printed Dragon Models 1. Dragon Hatchling

A painted dragon hatchling. Source: fddkiller / Thingiverse

When looking for a dragon, it’s always best to start with a hatchling. According to our sources, they’re far easier to train and consume less food.

This model prints in a single go but requires supports. As with any model, the higher the resolution, the better.

Who made it? Miguel Zavala (mz4250)

Who printed it? 5 Thingiverse users have successfully fabricated this model.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

Best 3D Printed Dragon Models 2. Seven Point Five

Seven Point Five, fully assembled. Source: 7Fish / Thingiverse

Looking for an articulated masterpiece of a magical medieval monster? Here you have it! This dragon is fully articulated and designed to have cloth wing inserts for the authentic folding experience and aesthetic.

This model prints in a lot of little pieces and will take quite a while to print, finish, and assemble. The supports are built into the STLs, so make sure to disable them in your slicer before printing.

Who made it? See Han Kim (7Fish)

Who printed it? 7 Thingiverse users have successfully fabricated this model.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

Best 3D Printed Dragon Models 3. The Better Dragon

The Better Dragon after removing supports. Source: illuminarti / Thingiverse

This imposingly perched fire-drake is prime material to become the inspiration for a fantastical storyline or tabletop wargame. Remixed from another dragon, the aim of this design was to make it as easy as possible to achieve a high-quality print on your home 3D printer.

To print, simply load the file into your slicer, choose a material and resolution, and get going! There’s no need to fiddle with support settings, as the model has custom “tree” supports already built-in!

Who made it? Simon Oliver (illuminarti)

Who printed it? 40 people have printed this.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

Best 3D Printed Dragon Models 4. Aria

Aria in a nice green-colored filament. Source: loubie / Thingiverse

Based on the popular “Adalinda the Singing Serpent”, this model was designed with a more dragon-like aesthetic in mind. Perched atop a column and featuring a slimmer body and more developed spikes, this model is perfect for any number of uses.

Aria stands 130 mm tall, and prints without supports.

Who made it? Louise Driggers (loubie)

Who printed it? 469 people have printed this model.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

Best 3D Printed Dragon Models 5. Sea Serpent

A fully-assembled Sea Serpent. Source: 7Fish / Thingiverse

Another articulated model by 7Fish, this Sea Serpent lacks wings and legs. What it does have, however, is an amazing articulated tail, perfect for curling around precious objects or swimming through the vast oceans of legends and sailor’s yarns of old.

This model prints in a large number of pieces, which need to be sanded and assembled. The supports are built-in to aid printing, which should be done at high resolution.

Who made it? See Han Kim (7Fish)

Who printed it? 16 people have successfully printed this model.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

Best 3D Printed Dragon Models 6. Cute Dragon

Who said dragons were scary? Source: Sebastian_v650 / Thingiverse

Perhaps a fearsome beast isn’t quite your speed, and you just want an adorable little model for your desk. In that case, the Cute Dragon is the creature for you!

The variant we’ve picked here has custom supports built-in, making the print much easier than otherwise.

Who made it? Sebastian Popp (Sebastian_v650)

Who printed it? 656 people have manufactured this model.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

Best 3D Printed Dragon Models 7. Alpha

Alpha, assembled and perched atop a monitor. Source: nevaneva / Thingiverse

Don’t have any space on your desk for an awesome dragon model? Never fear, for this model will perch nicely on the edge of your computer monitor. Perhaps he’ll even scare off some of those pesky advertisements.

This model prints in multiple pieces, some of which need supports.

Who made it? nevaneva

Who printed it? 65 people have made this.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

Best 3D Printed Dragon Models 8. Oriental Lung Dragon

Fearsome but magnificent. Source: 7Fish / Thingiverse

While the majority of the dragons on this list are more typical of Western legends, we couldn’t forget the majestic beasts of the East. These oriental dragons are attributed with many elemental and spiritual powers, but the most amazing bit about this one is that it is fully articulated!

Another by 7Fish, this model prints in a large number of parts that need to be finished and assembled. The designs have support structures built in, so the only thing you need to do is set the scale (no pun intended) and resolution to your liking!

Who made it? See Han Kim (7Fish)

Who printed it? 8 people have made this dragon.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

Best 3D Printed Dragon Models 9. Forest Dragon

Some post-processing required. Source: dutchmogul / Thingiverse

An attempt at producing a proper Nordic wyrm, with full antlers and claws meant for scaling even the tallest of trees, this green legend certainly strikes an impressive pose. Useful as a model or a figure in a tabletop game, this dragon won’t disappoint.

Best printed in multiple pieces and then assembled, this dragon is scaled for 15-mm tabletop gaming, but is noted to also be of a good scale for up to 30-mm gaming.

Who made it? Arian Croft (dutchmogul)

Who printed it? 58 people have printed this.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

Best 3D Printed Dragon Models 10. Braq

Braq takes on a fiery glow. Source: bq3D / Thingiverse

Last but certainly not least, we present Braq, the jointed dragon. Despite his 42 pieces, Braq is one of the best-known and most well-loved 3D printed dragons out there. In fact, the articulation offered by the 42 pieces is probably one of the things that makes him so popular.

Though it may take a little time, assembly should be relatively straightforward. Just note that you’ll additionally need an elastic cord to finish the job.

Who made it? bq 3D (bq3D)

Who printed it? 194 Thingiverse users have posted makes of this design, but from the comments, we’re betting the true numbers is much higher.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

Feature image source: Dongwookim / Thingiverse

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