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3D Printed Building Models: 10 Curated Models to 3D Print

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by Tobias Hullette
Jan 14, 2020
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Buildings are excellent subjects for 3D printing. Let's take a look at 10 awesome 3D printed building models that will knock your socks off!

3D Printed Building Models

Preservation with Plastic

This close-up reveals the level of detail possible with a 3D printer
This close-up reveals the level of detail possible with a 3D printer (Source: MilkShake 3D Printer via YouTube)

So you need a unique desk piece or room accent to impress your family and friends? A 3D printed model of a building is an excellent choice. 3D printed buildings can capture scale, detail, and, in some cases, the grandness of original structures. If you don’t want to take a trip to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower, for example, a 3D printed version of this iconic tower could be the next best thing.

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Eiffel Tower

This model would make an excellent decoration
This model makes for an excellent decoration (Source: Newcandle via Thingiverse)

Paris, France, nicknamed “The City of Lights,” is known for being one of the most romantic places on the planet. Cafes, fashion stores, and museums attract tourists from all over the world.

But the most popular Parisian icon is the Eiffel Tower. It’s 132 years old and is still as beautiful as ever. There is a reason that the Eiffel Tower has become a popular subject for reproductions. But there’s no reason for you not to print your own.

Who designed it? Newcandle

Who printed it? This may look like a terribly difficult model to 3D print, but it’s failed to scare off some 170 Thingiverse users! Their results are stunning! Take a look for yourself, and you’ll find lots of prints made with all sorts of 3D printers, materials, and scales.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

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Notre Dame Cathedral

This model is beautiful as is the real thing.
This model is beautiful as is the real thing. (Source: MiniWorld3D via MyMiniFactory)

“The events of April 15, 2019, shook the world. As an account dedicated to landmarks and the spread and digital preservation of their historical, artistic, and sentimental value, we felt inspired to create this model.” These are the words of the designers of this awesome building model.

As you probably know, the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris caught on fire on this memorable date and was nearly destroyed. Regardless of whether or not you care about the restoration of this historic cathedral, this model is still a beautiful print that’s sure to wow whoever notices it.

Who designed it? MiniWorld3D

Who printed it? Many MyMiniFactory users have printed this model, and the variety of color schemes, sizes, and printers used to make them is impressive.

Where to find it? MyMiniFactory

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The White House

White House
This replica of the White House was created with an appropriate color (Source: morphius713 via Thingiverse)

The White House is the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States. At 70 feet tall and nearly 55,000 square feet, the White House is a massive building.

Thanks to designers at MakerBot, you can print a replica of this iconic structure that’s only 101 x 101 x 48 mm. Color choice is up to you, but white would be the most appropriate.

Who designed it? MakerBot

Who printed it? Though a few makers used funky colors like pink and green, most of the 46 makes of this model were printed with a white or marble material.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

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Medieval Castle

Castle
This castle is awesome in every sense of the word (Source: psc_Peter via Thingiverse)

This model doesn’t depict a real castle, but if you think it looks familiar, there’s a reason. It was modeled after two famous German castles: Schloss Lichtenstein and Neuschwanstein.

As you can tell from the picture, the finished print is breathtaking. But don’t worry, you don’t need to spend several spools of filament to get the same great print. Scaling down is super easy, and if your printer can retain sufficient detail, prepare to amaze friends and family with the newest addition to your 3D print collection.

Who designed it? boldmachines

Who printed it? Over 200 Thingiverse users have posted makes of this model! Color choices are as diverse as the 3D printers used and the size scales chosen.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

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Arc de Triomphe

The material used with this print is surprisingly beautiful
The material used with this print is surprisingly beautiful (Source: Cyrus Park via MyMiniFactory)

The Arc de Triomphe may not be the first thing you think of when you hear the word “building”, however, it is still a marvelous structure that deserves our attention. It’s big, bold, and beautiful, and it makes a perfect subject to replicate with 3D printing.

Who designed it? MiniWorld3D

Who printed it? Several MyMiniFactory makers have printed this model. White may be your first choice for material color, but many of the funky colors that some have used still look great!

Where to find it? MyMiniFactory

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Colosseum

The lights make this Colosseum even cooler!
The lights make this Colosseum even cooler! (Source: CasualJoemama7 via Thingiverse)

Of all the iconic buildings in the world, the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, deserves its place among the top in the list. First built as an arena for celebrations, games, and even cruel bloodshed, this ancient building, sometimes called the Flavian Amphitheater, has become quite the tourist attraction.

If you want to admire this masterpiece of a structure without taking a trip to Italy, why not print your own model of the Colosseum?

Who designed it? CasualJoemama7

Who printed it? Over 205 Thingiverse users have printed this model. This explains why this Thing has earned “Feature” status.

Where to find it?  Thingiverse

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Seattle Space Needle

Space Needle
This iconic tower looks great in white and black (Source: Intentional3D via Thingiverse)

At the time of its construction, this 605-foot structure and Seattle icon was the tallest building west of the Mississippi. Though now dwarfed by structures such as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (2722-feet-tall), this structure is still beautiful, and arguably the coolest observation tower ever.

Attempting to print this model full scale would be utterly ludicrous – scale it down! Makers have printed both massive and tiny versions of this Thing.

Who designed it? intentional3D

Who printed it? This model has been printed by over 46 Thingiverse users as well as others, like Seattle-based YouTuber Joel Telling, also known as The 3D Printing Nerd.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

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Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera
Can you hear the music? (Source: 3D studio 4.0 via MyMiniFactory)

The Sydney Opera House is a performing arts center located in, well, Sydney, and this model of the famous structure is an awesome representation. To ensure reliable printing, the designers created it from scratch and by “hand and brain”. They also gave attention to detail to make this easy-to-print as well as stylistic.

Who designed it? MiniWorld 3D

Who printed it? Four MyMiniFactory users have printed this file. You may automatically reach for your white filament spool, but colors such as black or gold also look fantastic.

Where to find it? MyMiniFactory

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Leaning Tower of Pisa

Pisa
Not a tourist in sight (Source: Chrisibub via Thingiverse)

The Leaning Tower of Pisa was originally the Tower of Pisa, a freestanding bell tower for the cathedral of Pisa, Rome. Due to its construction on an unstable foundation, this famous tower is now leaning by nearly four degrees!

In order to successfully print this model, the designer recommends printing all the tower pieces normal and straight. Then, print the baseplate at a 4-degree rotation with respect to the X-axis. Also, remember to use just a bit of support to avoid drooping.

Who designed it? Chrisibub

Who printed it? 14 people have posted makes of this model. If you follow the designer’s directions, your print will be just as impressive.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

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Parthenon

This design models what the Parthenon looks like now
This design models what the Parthenon looks like now (Source: Michael Linder via MyMiniFactory)

Built atop the Athenian Acropolis in Greece in dedication to the goddess Athena, the Parthenon has become one of the most famous buildings in the world. Though the modern-day Parthenon is only half of what it used to be (literally), it still beautifully exhibits the marvelous design and craftsmanship of the ancient Greeks.

This model will be a breeze to make, especially in comparison to the work put into the real thing.

Who designed it? MiniWorld 3D

Who printed it? Most MyMiniFactory users have printed this model in white or a similar color. Marble filament is an excellent choice for this print.

Where to find it? MyMiniFactory

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