Introduction: 3D Printed Kon-Tiki Raft

About: Hello! My name is Tetiana. One of my hobbies is 3D printing. My work covers various areas of engineering to the decorative. You can see my models on the sites:

20th century - it was the age of Geographical Science Experiment.

I recently read a book Thor Heyerdahl "Aku-Aku" of the journey by raft from South America to the Polynesian Islands in 1947. Six brave sailors have fought 101 days with the sea. Under the impressed of this book, I have created a model of the raft Kon-Tiki, where fearless travelers crossed the Pacific Ocean.

Here is what Wikipedia says about it:

The Kon-Tiki expedition was a 1947 journey by raft across the Pacific Ocean from South America to the Polynesian islands, led by Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdahl. The raft was named Kon-Tiki after the Inca sun god, Viracocha...
Heyerdahl and a small team went to Peru, where, with the help of dockyard facilities provided by the Peruvian authorities, they constructed the raft out of balsa logs and other native materials in an indigenous style as recorded in illustrations by Spanish conquistadores. Trip began on April 28, 1947.Heyerdahl and five companions sailed the raft for 101 days over 6900 km (4,300 miles) across the Pacific Ocean.

Step 1: Materials:


- STL files for 3D printing

- 3d pen

- Wooden filament, transparent or white filament.

- A little bit of glue

Step 2: Printing

We print the body of the raft, mast and sail.

Step 3: Use a 3d Pen

With the help of 3d pen we draw the bamboo leaves on the roof of the house and ropes.
You can make arbitrary figures.

As a sample, I took photos of the Kon-Tiki.

Using 3d pen adds some realism of the model.

Step 4: Collect All the Details

We collect items, glue them with glue or filament 3d pen .
Raft printed wooden filament Formfutura company.

Some elements of decoration made with 3D pen.

Sail printed transparent filament.

Using the 3D pen give more opportunities to the detail of the model.

Special thanks Demo of for great help.