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20 part modular 3D-printed Gothic cathedral Answered

Here's yet another reason why I intend to make time to build my own 3d printer once I've finished university.

Thingiverse member Skimbal has designed and printed this 20 piece modular Gothic cathedral. It just fits in the print area of his 3d printer and can be arranged in lots of different ways to build unique cathedrals.

While not particuarly useful it sure is impressive and if I were 10 or 15 years younger, a lot of fun to play with!

Will be time to start thinking of what I want to print soon! Yayy!

(found via BoingBoing)

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Kiteman (author)2010-03-21

Was it extruded or sintered?

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Jayefuu (author)Kiteman2010-03-21

Extruded. In the third pic you can see the strands from the flyback. :D

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Kiteman (author)Jayefuu2010-03-21

Oh, so there is a significant amount of manual labour involved in a nominally computer-controlled process?


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hintss (author)Kiteman2010-12-05

if you calibrate it right, you won't have ooze

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Jayefuu (author)Kiteman2010-03-22

I don't know about significant, I've never used one (yet!) but I should think those strands are easy to break with a knife or scissors. Just a clean up job.

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jeff-o (author)Jayefuu2010-03-22

Knowing myself, I'd probably spend hours carefully slicing off every little strand and bump I could find.

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Kiteman (author)jeff-o2010-03-22

...then, as you make the last snip, sneeze violently!

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jeff-o (author)Kiteman2010-03-22
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red-king (author)Kiteman2010-03-24

 I've been using a CNC router for A class i have in school called "design and Fabrication 2202" The setting up, and cleaning up is where most of the manual labour takes place. It takes a good amount of arm strength to move the T-slot table (what the wood/other material) ... well I don't know if it takes a good amount of strength, or most of my class is just weak.... the machine doesn't do the sanding for you either, so i guess that counts as labour too (maybe).

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CameronSS (author)Kiteman2010-03-21

Extruded, it's a MakerBot printing. I always wondered how MakerBots and other 3D printers could cleanly cut off the material flow when slewing across a gap, and now I know: they don't. Looks like the mess I leave behind when I hot-glue something...

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hintss (author)CameronSS2010-12-05

there is a calibratable setting that can make it stop early, and have the ooze stop at the edge of the object, and have it start early to make up for the lost material.

and the repraps reverse the feed when they stop, then go forward the same amount when starting again

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lemonie (author)2010-03-21

If it was made of wax, with wicks in the spires...

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Jayefuu (author)lemonie2010-03-21

I wonder if it could print with wax. THAT would be epic.

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hintss (author)Jayefuu2010-12-05

you could probably make 3mm diameter wax filament to feed the printer...

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lemonie (author)Jayefuu2010-03-21

Whole new range of items for those candle shops, some kind of "freeze-ray"?

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jeff-o (author)lemonie2010-03-22

You can probably already get the cathedral at Notre Dame as a wax candle!

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lemonie (author)jeff-o2010-03-22

Maybe, but not in that much detail?

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Wasagi (author)lemonie2010-03-25

True. Of course, you could get a bunch of wax houses and buildings, and BURN THEM ALL!

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Sunbanks (author)2010-03-24

Psh, you don't have to be 10 or 15 years younger to have fun playing with this! 

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kelseymh (author)2010-03-21

Very, very nice!  Thank you for posting this  -- appropriately Featured!  I especially like that the flying butresses are treated as separate elements (third picture).

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Jayefuu (author)kelseymh2010-03-21

Thanks :) I thought it was cool.

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