Intro: 3D Printed House Mood-light
It's always been said that 'home is where the heart is' and so this miniature model will let you take it with you wherever you go.
This particular model is a replica of my grandparents gorgeous home, that I made for a present, as the house had to be sold after they passed away.
(Its currently up for sale if anyone is interested) - http://www.georgefwhite.co.uk/properties/station-h...
I am posting the STL files here for a limited time so you can directly use that file to print this house. If you have your own 3D printer then you'll know what to do, otherwise there are some great company's offering 3D printing services - my favourite being Shapeways- http://www.shapeways.com/
You will need:
- Access to Solidworks (If you want to make your own house)
- LED colour changing light (I picked one up for £1)
Step 1: Find/ Create the Plan
The best way to make an accurate model of your house is to find the original plans, or sketch out an accurate shape by looking at pictures, and even measuring the size of the rooms etc.
Make this into a clear sketch or illustrator file.
Step 2: Extrude Walls
So the first thing to do is trace around the plan for your house, and extrude them up to just before roof height.
* Remember that most 3D prints are very weak, or can't be printed with walls less than 1.5mm thick.
Step 3: Shell and Extrude Cut to Make Hollow Object
Once you have the basic shape and have added the roof, then use either the shell feature or extrude cut to hollow out the shape.
My house was a difficult shape with two different roofs so shelling wasn't effective here.
Step 4: Extrude Cut Windows
Removing the material from the windows will make the model really light up well when you place an LED mood light inside.
Use extrude cut to make the window shapes.
You will probably need to add new planes to help you do this (insert>reference geometry >new plane)
Step 5: Add Detail and Make Sure There Are No Errors
You can add as much or as little detail as you like - I added small window ledge extrusions and created an overhang on the roof which I think makes it look more realistic.
The degree of detail you can add will depend on how big you intend to print the house. My house was around 10cm long so details such as brickwork etc wouldn't have been a good idea.
Step 6: Print It
Remember to save the file as a STL file so that it can be 3D print compatible. Keep for yourself or gift to friends and family :)