Mar 1, 2016 | By Benedict
Gambody, a 3D printing marketplace for gamers, is selling a 3D printable model of the Millennium Falcon—the iconic spacecraft piloted by Han Solo and Chewbacca in the Star Wars franchise—for $74.99. The 1:34 scale model consists of 236 3D printable parts and requires at least 3 spools of filament.
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens may soon be leaving theaters, but with the movie breathing new life into the beloved franchise, many of us are still spending our afternoons daydreaming about that galaxy far, far away. None more so than the folks at Gambody, who have spent a staggering 800 hours modeling a highly intricate 1:34 scale replica of the Millennium Falcon. You’ve never heard of the Millennium Falcon? It’s the ship that made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs!
Modeled with reference to Star Wars Wiki sketches and materials, the 3D printed Falcon is one of the most impressive Star Wars 3D prints we’ve ever seen. Don’t get your hopes up too much if you’re not ready for a massive project though: the epic 3D printed spacecraft could take up to 4 months to build—unless your 3D printer can jump to light speed.
Gambody’s ambitious Star Wars print is 717.mm wide, 1000m deep and 244.46mm tall, and boasts an outrageous level of detail. The model, designed with the utmost precision from sketches approved by the Star Wars community, features secret compartments, a cockpit, engine departments, and wiring and ventilation systems. Despite its enormity, the 3D printable Falcon has been optimized for printing on small desktop 3D printers, with no part larger than a small print bed. The size of each part is therefore manageable, but the sheer number of parts may not be: The Falcon’s top and bottom hulls consist of 176 parts, with additional external elements making up another 60 parts.
The sheer scale of the 3D printed Millennium Falcon makes it a serious project, for committed makers only. Gambody advises that 3D printing alone could take 2-3 months, with a further month required for assembly. Makers can, however, opt against printing the entire internal structure of the spacecraft: By 3D printing only the shell, printing and assembly time can be reduced, and the hollow Falcon can then be used as a PC body or hangable ornament.
With so much time and effort put into the detailed 3D printable Millennium Falcon, the STL files are not being given away for free. To start building the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy, Gambody customers need to shell out $74.99. Worth it? We think so.
Posted in 3D Printing Application
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John Marchant wrote at 5/5/2016 2:53:26 PM:
I would not mind so much if the exterior was accurate but its not even close. General shape ok but details are not.
John Gay wrote at 3/21/2016 6:01:37 PM:
When I look at this model, the landing gear kit seems extremely large relative to images of the Millennium Falcon I'm used to seeing. Otherwise it looks like a great model!
boober wrote at 3/11/2016 6:34:17 PM:
This might be the least accurate model of the MF that I've ever seen...
Uncle Walt wrote at 3/3/2016 5:42:47 AM:
I would say there are significant licensing issues here.
Gambody wrote at 3/2/2016 11:53:54 AM:
First of all, thank you for showing interest in our Millennium Falcon 3D model. We would like to make some moments clear for all of you. Due to some technical problems, some users had been able to see on our site unfinished and unreleased kits for Millennium Falcon exterior parts. The problem has been fixed now. It is true – the base exterior shell of the ship costs $74.99. To improve the look of your Millennium Falcon 3D model we decided to include additional exterior and interior parts in kits. There will be 5 kits for exterior parts which will be released only tomorrow, with detailed description and printing recommendations. The price per kit will be of $34.99, and not $100 as stated. The interior layout is divided into 4 kits only which will all be released as soon as next week. The price per interior kit will also amount to $34.99. We apologize for technical problems and that the wrong date format confused you. We’ve updated the text on our official site and hope that everything it’s clear now.
J.pickens wrote at 3/2/2016 4:55:38 AM:
How is this not a copyright violation? Making money off this design is theft, plain and simple.
Jeff Johnson wrote at 3/1/2016 7:17:07 PM:
Uhhh. Go back and look at the details of this model, so you may want to update your article. (The 5th & 6th images say that the exterior parts highlighted in grey don't come with the $75 kit). The base exterior shell of the Falcon is $74.99. You then have to purchase kits 1-5 for $100 each to complete the exterior. So it's really $574.99 just to build the outside with details. Without these kits you don't have the landing gear, the pipes on the side of the ship, the radar dish nor the details around the circle vents on the back. The interior won't be available until July 2016. I'm sure the interior will be sold in 2-4 kits, so expect to spend at least another $400 to finish. I missed this information at first glance and only realized when I was looking at the photos closely. This is pretty much a $1,000 STL file for purchase.