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How Long it Would Take to 3D Print Game of Thrones Characters and Objects?

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by Hanna Watkin
Apr 29, 2019
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Have you ever found yourself watching Game of Thrones and wondering if you could 3D print any of this stuff? And if so, how long would it take? Here's a hint: Get ready for some long waits.

If you’ve ever wondered whether you could 3D print characters, objects and landmarks from Game of Thrones, wonder no more.

Stuart Deavall, a digital marketing manager at  Toner Giant took care of the math so you don’t have to.

“We got so over excited for season (eight) of Game of Thrones that we wracked our brains to find a great excuse to come up with some fun content,” said Deavall.

To figure out how long it would take to 3D print each object, the Toner Giant team had to do some research and guesswork to come up with an approximate volume for each thing in the list. Their math is based on if just one person used a common household 3D printer (the Ultimaker 2) rather than an industrial machine to print each object.

After figuring out the volumes, it was easier to find out how quickly an Ultimaker 2 could print them (24 mm a second) and how much it would cost by using the machine’s print speed and cost function.

Unfortunately, if you were to 3D print these true to size and volume models, you may never see them finished. But, as GOT fan, you’re likely familiar with suspending your disbelief…

The Mountain

Ser Gregor Clegane, known as the “The Mountain” has a reputation for striking fear into even the deadliest of killers. The actor who plays him on Game of Thronesis Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, is a former World’s Strongest Man.” We can safely assume that pound for pound, he’s as strong as he looks.

At almost 7 feet tall and weighing more than 400 pounds, he would take up to 2 years to 3D print. This would cost an estimated £77,000 ($99,000). But, it could be done within your lifetime, so might be worth it?

Two years printing time doesn’t sound too bad… (Source: Toner Giant)

Dire Wolf

The dire wolves are loyal to House Stark. Though they almost have the status of mythical creatures in the South of Westeros, Northerners know better.

When Eddard Stark and his children encounter five dire wolves pups, it is taken as an omen. Eddard is persuaded by his children to keep them to be raised inside Winterfell.

Five dire wolves would be quite an undertaking for a 3D printer. At 8.52m³, one 3D printed dire wolf would require up to 11.5 years to 3D build. This would cost an estimated £451,332 ($582,423). Sadly, the 3D printed versions may not be so useful for protection.

Drogon

Daenerys Targaryen isn’t known as “The Mother of Dragons” for nothing. Her three dragons are Rhaegal, Viserion and Drogon.

Drogon is named after Dany’s former husband, Khal Drogo. He is larger than his two siblings, which makes him an even bigger challenge for a 3D printer to tackle.

Do you have 1402 years to wait until he’s finished? This would also cost £562.3 million (725.6 million) for a 1032m3 3D printed dragon. Toner Giant suggest simply buying your own airplane if you have this much cash to splash.

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Perhaps try printing a smaller dragon next time? (Source: Tonic Giant)

The Meereen Pyramid

The Great Pyramid in the city of Meereen in the largest building in the city. Legend has it that it was constructed with the help of thousands of slaves, much like the pyramids of Egypt.

When Daenerys Targaryen took over Slaver’s Bay, she ordered the removal of the bronze Harpy at the top of the pyramid. This symbolized that the days of the Master’s rule were over.

Toner Giant’s 3D printed version of the pyramid includes the harpy. While the exact specifications are a little hazy, the structure would take an estimated 8.7 million years to build. It would also cost £341.2 billion ($440.1 billion).

Winterfell

The home of the House of Stark, Winterfell, is also the seat of the King of the North. The stone fortress protects the Starks and their followers from the weather elements. Did you know that “Winter is Coming?”

We’re not sure whether a 3D printed plastic structure would withstand winter in the North. The Starks would have to borrow from the wealthy Lannisters to afford the £27.9 billion ($35,9 billion) price too. Besides, the people of Westeros don’t have 712,447 years before the White Walkers breakout…

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Do you fancy spending winter in a 3D printed plastic structure? (Source: Toner Giant)

The Wall

The Wall stretches 300 miles over the northern border. It separates the “civilized” world from the wildings and, of course, the White Walkers.

The Wall is supposedly more than 700 feet and made from solid ice. It is told that the Wall could only be constructed with the help of magic several millennia ago.

For comparison, the Great Wall of China was completed within 200 years. And yet, a 3D printed Wall would take even longer at 12.7 billion years. It would also cost £495 trillion (638,7 trillion).

The Iron Throne

This is what it’s all about. The Iron Throne is what everyone from the lowly peasant to the ruler of one of the Seven Kingdoms dreams of.

Even though the Iron Throne is reportedly forged with 1,000 swords, the actual number of swords is under 200. Nonetheless, at 5.74m3 it would still take up 7.8 years to 3D print and £305,153 ($393,745).

Deavall ends his Game of Thrones blog post by saying: “Whilst we can debate the sense in which printer to use, what material would be best and whether we considered wind speed or not, none of us would be around to actually give it a go, and this is just a bit of fun!”

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(Source: Toner Giant)

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