Jan 1, 2017 | By Tess

If you’re looking for an especially elaborate project for the first day of January, we might suggest checking out this awesome modular 3D printed castle play set. Designed by maker Tim Wahlström in partnership with Sweden-based CreativeTools, the 3D printed castle play-set would make an awesome gift for medieval era enthusiasts.

Consisting of more that 75 individual 3D printable models, the Modular Castle Play-set was designed for parents, kids, or just anyone who is interested in making their own toys, rather than dishing out money for commercialized (and way less impressive) equivalents. Seriously, for someone who played religiously with a store-bought castle play-set, I can only imagine how much fun I could have had with a fully modular and expandable 3D printed version.

The 3D files, which can all be downloaded for free (through Thingiverse and Instructables etc.) consist of a wide range of objects that make the playset as complete as possible. To give an idea about how extensive the playset is, you can 3D print anything from a castle tower or wall, to a barrel or bush. Things in between include townspeople, farm animals, stables, fences, trees, a jousting tent, market stalls, a catapult, canons, and even the legendary sword in the stone.

In terms of building the castle, all the architectural components can be assembled and taken apart using simple butterfly joints. Smaller parts like trees and market stalls can also be taken apart and reassembled, which means you can 3D print them in different colors for a more authentic look. And while the scale is slightly off (the castle is only marginally bigger than the townspeople and huts), the range of things to make and play with fully compensate.

In terms of 3D printing settings, each of the parts has been designed to be printed in a build volume of 140 x 140 x 140 mm and should be printed using PLA. CreativeTools recommends using the following settings for the castle play-set parts:

Layer thickness: 0.2 mm (200 microns)

Perimeters (shells): 2

Infill: 10%

Top solid layers: 4

Bottom solid layers: 3

Print speed: 40 mm/s

We do recommend 3D printing the parts in various colors for a most authentic look, or alternately printing them in a basic color and painting them. CreativeTools is also asking makers to give their input and suggest other models to add to the collection, which they will continually update. It seems that with enough filament and 3D printing time, you could make yourself a miniature medieval world!

Check out the video below to see the 3D printed castle play-set being built.

 

 

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