3D printing is a relatively simple thing to do, and it doesn't take much work to make, it only takes a while. You can make many things using the 3D printer, big or small. An example would be this Medieval Model that I made, using the 3D printer to make the castle and the dragon.
The things you'll need to make this are...
- A 3D Printer.
- Some filament.
- A computer with a 3D printing software. In this case, I'm using Makerbot Print for the Makerbot 3D Printer, but you can use any software as long as it works with your printer.
- Wood for the landscape. You can create the landscape however you want to make it, but I'm using wood for my landscape.
The plan to make this isn't much, you just have to...
- Start printing out the models.
- Do something else while you wait for it to finish, most likely work on the landscape for the models.
- That's it.
Step 1: Downloading the Files
To start off, you need to download the files for the 3D print models that you want to print for your creation. There are multiple websites that have a wide selection of 3D print models, but I chose to use Thingiverse to find 3D print models for my creation.
You can use any 3D print dragon or 3D print castle that you can find on the website that you chose, but if you want to use the ones that I have chosen, then here are the links for them: Castle + Dragon.
Once you've found what you want to print out, click that big blue button that says "DOWNLOAD ALL FILES" to download the files. If you're using Google Chrome, then it should let you know that you've downloaded the files in the bottom left corner.
Step 2: Preparing the Files
Now it's time to prepare the files for printing. Show the file in folder and right click the file. Once you've right clicked on the file in your folder, go up and click, "Extract All...."
The reason as to why it's good to do this is because it allows the files to be opened in the 3D printing software. If you don't do this, sometimes it'll be "locked" and you'll be unable to open the file in the software. This doesn't always happen, but it's good to do this just in case, so you can insert the files into the software.
Step 3: Opening the Files
This next step is pretty simple to do, since it already says what you need to do. First, go to the software that you're using to 3D print this model (Makerbot Print in this instance).
Opening, inserting, and printing the model may be different for different 3D print software, so we're just going to focus on Makerbot Print. For Makerbot Print, click the red button that says "Add models" and it should open the folder that contains the files that you can open in the software. Click on the file and open it. It should start to say, "Inserting file(s)," in which you just have to wait for a bit until the model appears on the platform.
Open the other files in different platforms, and prepare for printing.
Step 4: Printing the Model
Finally, all you have to do is load the filament (on the printer, scroll to "Filament" and select "Load filament"), and click the button that says "Print." After that, you just have to wait for a long time for the model to finish printing.
Before you start printing, make sure that the filament isn't intersecting with itself, otherwise it'll be jammed and there will be a chunk of your model missing. Also, make sure that you have the right color of filament that you want your model to be, otherwise, unload the filament by scrolling the wheel to "Filament" and press the wheel on "Unload Filament."
Repeat this step for the other 3D print models (or pieces of the model).
Step 5: Make the Landscape
Unless you prefer to have the 3D models by themselves (or you already have a landscape), it's best to make your own landscape for your models that you've printed out. There are many ways to make your landscape, so you can choose whatever you like. For me, I chose to cut some wood and painted it with acrylic paint, which is a very basic and simple way of making a landscape.
Step 6: Finish Up Your Model
Now, all you have to do is put together the landscape and the 3D printed models, with glue or with another kind of method. Once you've done that, you've officially finished making a simple Medieval Model; nothing too complex, but it's a very neat model that you can use for decoration.