Top 10 Best MiniWorld3D Designs to 3D Print Now!
2013 was a big year for Dany Sánchez. He graduated from his Industrial Design course, traveled the world for 6 months and then won a 3D printer. Not wanting to forget all the wonderful places he saw on his travels, Dany used his new 3D printer to design and create 3D models of some of the landmarks he encountered. But the story doesn’t end there, as Dany says:
“Then, a visually impaired friend asked me if 3D printing could be used for the blind to "know" what landmarks and buildings are like, because obviously photos are not enough and being there in person doesn't help realize the scale and magnitude. So MiniWorld3D was born.”
MiniWorld3D is a collective of independent 3D designers and artists who model landmarks, both from the real world and worlds of fantasy. Currently, 14 3D designers have contributed to the collection from all across the globe. Mexico, USA, Spain, Canada, Italy, Ecuador, & Portugal to name a few. Some of the designers include Carlos Faustino, Taiced 3D & Mosaic Manufacturing. Dany has curated the MiniWorld3D category since its inception, with his brother and 2 friends helping out in various ways ever since. They’re always happy to see new 3D designers create models for the collection. If you would like to contribute be sure to get in touch with them via their MyMiniFactory profile.
We’re proud to have the entire MiniWorld3D collection exclusively available on MyMiniFactory. These 3D printable models, we hope, will help break barriers in accessibility for the visually impaired. And as a bonus, they all look incredibly realistic! To celebrate this groundbreaking collective of 3D designers, we asked Dany and his team to share some of their favorite designs from the collection.
So join us as we travel the 3D printed world!
1. 3D Printable Sagrada Familia - Barcelona, Spain
The Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família is a huge Roman Catholic church which remains unfinished. The church was designed by Antoni Gaudi, though the original architect was Francisco de Paula del Villar! Upon taking over as Chief architect, Gaudi transformed the project with gothic architecture and Art Nouveau style combined. Construction began in 1882 but Gaudi’s eccentric vision meant the task would be epic.
When Gaudi died in 1926 it remained unfinished. He was buried in the crypt as a tribute to his lifelong devotion to the project. Construction resumed without Gaudi but kept being interrupted by wider events, like the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s. With advancements in technology, construction has picked up pace recently. If all goes to plan, the church will finally be completed in 2026.
MiniWorld3D originally designed the Sagrada Família in two 3D printable parts. The passion facade and nativity facade. In March 2018, they combined the two sections into this enormous model. What’s more incredible? This super detailed model prints support free. The model is designed to replicate what the church will look like when it’s finished. But 3D printing the church will take a lot less than 144 years. They’ve also included a 3D printable crane model. So you can mimic the eternal state of construction we always see it in, with your own model.
Click the link 3D print and complete Gaudi’s great work.
2. 3D Printable Kakariko Village - Eldin Province, Hyrule
MiniWorld3D designers don't just recreate real-life places for 3D printing, they also model worlds of fantasy! One of their most popular fantasy models is Kakariko Village.
Kakariko Village has appeared in many of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda games, but this model is based on its appearance in Ocarina of Time. In the world of the games, the village was founded by the ancient tribe, the Sheikah. The Sheikah were a reclusive tribe, who served the royal family of Hyrule. The village was home only to them, until Princess Zelda’s handmaid, Impa opened it up to the common people.
The village itself stands at the base of the volcanic, Death Mountain. It is therefore a very dry area, having only one source of water, the well in its center. It houses many buildings of dark brick and wood as well as a large windmill.
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The village becomes a major focal point of Link’s journey in Ocarina of Time. He collects many important items from the location. Including the Lens of Truth, the Hylian Shield and many songs to play on the eponymous Ocarina. The village also leads into Kakariko Graveyard, the spooky home of the Shadow Temple and resting place of ancient Hylian Royalty.
Due to its significance to the Legend of Zelda games, it is a perfect candidate for a MiniWorld3D model. This awe inspiring 3D printable model was designed as a tribute to Ocarina of Time’s 20th anniversary. Its requires only 5-10% infill and no supports. As well as being intricately detailed, with signs and ladders, it’s windmill has sails that can rotate. If you want to 3D print this as a wider model of the Kingdom of Hyrule you can. MiniWorld3D also has Kakariko Graveyard, Death Mountain and Hyrule Castle available for download in the same scale.
The Lens of Truth says you should 3D print this model, so click that LINK!
3. 3D Printable Wat Pho Temple - Bangkok, Thailand
If you thought Sagrada Família and Kakariko Village were big prints, take a look at Wat Pho Temple!
A complex of Buddhist temples found in the Phra Nakhon District of Thailand, Wat Pho is a first-class royal temple. That’s literally how it's classified on a list of Thai temples. It is also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, due to its statue that depicts just that.
The Temple is one of Thailand's oldest temples, existing before even Bangkok and being completed in the 16th century. It became a royal monastery in the 18th century when King Taksin moved his palace opposite the river from it. His successor King Rama I elevated it further when he renovated the now dilapidated temple and built his Grand Palace right next to it.
The temple has become a major destination for tourists and Buddhists visiting Bangkok. The site covers 80,000 square meters of land. There are multitudes of pavilions, chapels for worship and even traditional Thai massage services.
A 3D printable replica of this labyrinthine structure would be worth showing off in your home. MiniWorld3D’s miniature contains 14 separate 3D printable models that combine to form Wat Pho in its entirety. They all print support free in large or small scale with no drop in detail. If you don’t have space for this gigantic structure then you need not worry. If you want you can download the most famous structure from Wat Pho Temple separately from MiniWorld3D, the famed Reclining Buddha.
To honor this ancient holy structure through 3D printing, click that link now!
4. 3D Printable Vader's Castle - Mustafar, Outer Rim
There are many notable buildings in the expansive Star Wars universe. The Jedi Temple, Naboo Palace, maybe the Yavin 4 Rebel Base. But 2016’s Rogue One introduced one hugely popular structure; Darth Vader’s Castle.
Built by Vader on the site of an ancient Sith cave, it’s brimming with the dark side of the force. It served as the evil lord’s personal residence, ironic as it is on the very planet where he was hideously scarred, forcing him to wear the robotic suit we know him to wear. In the movie, we see that when Vader is in residence at his castle, he spends time out of the suit. He submerges himself in a bacta tank tending to his wounds. So it’s no surprise he is in a bad mood when Krennic disturbs his peace to discuss the Death Star plans.
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The castle, like Vader himself, has a metallic black look. With two menacing spires shooting up from a wide base. The shiny angular surface of the landmark is brought to life by its surroundings. The Planet Mustafar is extremely Volcanic, with lava pouring over most of its surface. The castle has a river of lava flowing straight through it, leading to a waterfall, or rather a lavafall. The bright orange and red flames illuminate the castle, adding to its already sinister visage.
This menacing feeling is captured perfectly in MiniWorld3D’s model. In fact, the model was designed specifically for Halloween. The castle is an easy print with no supports. Unlike other models in their collection, this one is multifunctional. The model is capable of being used as a lamp, which aside from providing light, amplifies the scenery, giving the lava surrounding the castle its lifelike glow.
Click the link to join the dark side with this 3D print.
5. 3D Printable Florence Cathedral - Florence, Italy
Florence’s signature Cathedral was originally named Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore which translates as Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower. This is an obvious tribute to the Virgin Mary, the much venerated Mother of Jesus Christ.
Under this name, the building was constructed between the 13th and 15th centuries. It was actually the third cathedral to be built in Florence. The original, Basilica di San Lorenzo was crumbled and weathered due to its ancient age. Santa Reparata then took over as the city’s cathedral, though it was eventually lost to its own old age. Ironically, though it’s now extremely old, Basilica di San Lorenzo still stands today. When Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore was built over the remains of the Santa Reparata it took over as the third official cathedral of the city.
Since its creation and appointment as the cities religious center, Florence Cathedral has been added to and redesigned many times. Most notably it now features a Gothic Revival facade from 19th-century designer, Emilio De Fabris. The church complex has become a protected world heritage site.
The cathedral is an important piece of Catholic architecture. MiniWOrld3D’s 3D printable replica is, therefore, a must have for any collection of religious iconography. Once again it’s easy to print and support free. Once you've 3D printed the structure, you can get painting. Be sure to replicate the deep orange of the roof and dome, as well as the various greens and pinks of the marble walls.
Click the link to 3D print this slice of Roman Catholic history.
6. 3D Printable Kings Landing - The Crownlands, Westeros
While the show may have come to an end, the legacy of Game Of Thrones continues with this 3D printable King’s Landing model.
As the capital of the seven kingdoms of Westeros, King’s Landing is the seat of absolute power in the Song of Ice and Fire. As the most populous city throughout the saga, it houses many important landmarks. This includes the Guildhall of Alchemists, the slum of Flea Bottom and the Great Sept of Baelor- the religious centre of the kingdom. Of course the most important and recognizable landmark in the city is The Red Keep.
The Red Keep is a huge castle that stands at the edge of the city, towering high on a hill. As King’s Landing is the capital, the castle acts as the abode of whichever King or Queen currently rules over Westeros. As such, it is the home of the iconic symbol of the franchise, the Iron Throne. In the opening titles of the TV show, the Red Keep, as well as the rest of King’s Landing, takes on a mechanical appearance. They rise up from the map of Westeros like cogs in a machine.
This appearance is what MiniWorld3D was inspired by for their 3D printable model. This large print was their first complex multi-color model. It worked out rather well don't you think? As always, the model is support free and easy to print. It is a great start to 3D printing your own map of Westeros. If you would like to continue, MiniWorld3D has also modeled The Wall in the opening titles style.
Click the link to play the 3D printable Game of Thrones.
7. 3D Printable Koutoubia Minaret - Marrakech, Morrocco
If you were to travel to the large city of Marrakech in Morocco, you would likely be drawn to the site of its largest Mosque, Koutoubia Mosque.
The mosque itself has many different names, including Jami' al-Kutubiyah, Kutubiyya Mosque and Mosque of the Booksellers. Having been established in the mid-1100s by the Caliph, Abd-al-Mu'min, the ancient site is significant to Sunni Muslims in Morocco. Its been built up quite a bit since Abd-al-Mu'min’s time. It now features a huge plaza of gardens, over 100 interior sandstone pillars, and of course, a Minaret.
The Minaret itself is an icon of the city of Marrakech. It reaches a height of 253 feet (77 Metres) including a 26 foot (8 Metre) spire. With an Almohad style design, the Minaret is made from sandstone. It is decorated with ceramic tiles as well as scalloped arches and detailed carvings on each of its four sides. Interestingly the windows and decorations are not in the same position on each side. This is because the inside is built with a ramp ascending up to the top of the tower, through all six rooms. The ramp was added to allow the Mosque’s Muezzin to ride a horse up the tower. As well as the facade being decorated, the spire on top features an adornment. There are four gilded copper orbs of decreasing size attached, as well as a similarly gilded dome beneath it.
All this detail is perfectly translated into the MiniWorld3D model. Interestingly enough, though he’s traveled a fair amount, Dany’s now come to call Morocco home. This model, therefore, serves as a sort of tribute to the country in which he lives. It’s another easy to print model, with no supports. Print it with a cream-colored or even wood effect filament, to echo the earthy feel of the sandstone. If you want you can also print in a light pink filament, paying tribute to the fact that the tower was originally covered with pink plaster.
This is your call to 3D print, click that link!
8. 3D Printable Sioux Fall Cathedral - South Dakota, USA
We travel back across the globe, to a historic site of Roman Catholicism, landing at the Sioux Falls’ signature cathedral.
St. Joseph’s Cathedral was established in South Dakota a century ago, in 1919. The site on which it stands was already a holy centre for the town of Sioux Falls. Thirty-four years prior, a smaller, wooden church had been built by the first Catholic parish in the area. The church was named St Michael’s. By the time of the current cathedral’s construction, St. Michael’s was moved and its rectory (the Minister’s house) demolished.
St. Joseph’s was designed by Emmanuel Masqueray, who also designed the Cathedral of St. Paul in Minnesota. Construction began in 1915, but was halted due to Masqueray’s death 3 years later. That atop the delayed effect caused by the First World War. After the war, Edwin Lundie took over as architect completing the design. Interestingly enough, the first mass in the cathedral was held in 1918, while it was still unfinished.
Since its completion, the church has undergone some structural changes. The 1940s saw most of these. In 1942 the building was majorly damaged by a fire, so remodeling had to be carried out. A new interior was then implemented in 1946. The following year the original frosted windows were completely replaced by ornate French stained glass.
Luckily, there’s no need to remodel MiniWorld3D’s printable replica of the cathedral. Following a restoration of the aging building, this 3D printable model was designed to celebrate Sioux Falls and its people. It’s a print of medium complexity, printing support free, with a recommended 15% infill throughout. If you want to use less filament, everything below the roof should print ok with no infill. Use a nice ivory colored filament to mirror the buildings limestone look. Then crack out the paints to detail those 1940’s windows.
Click the link to Sioux FALL for this 3D printable design.
9. 3D Printable Notre-Dame De Paris - Paris, France
Of course, no list of important cultural landmarks would be complete this year without a tribute to Notre-Dame de Paris.
The world-renowned French Gothic structure has been around since the 12th Century. Most of its facets have become icons of French architecture. The twin bell towers on the west facade are 226 feet high. They loom above worshippers as they enter through the main entrance. There are 3 rose windows. These are huge round windows of meticulous stained glass detailing. The outside of the building is covered with statues and gargoyles; like the Strix, Chimera and the Last Judgement illustration. Finally, the spire, which we lost in the fire of April 2019, stood 300 feet high and was surrounded by bronze figures of the Apostles. Luckily the Apostles and the spire’s rooster weathervane have been rescued.
The revere for this great architecture hasn't always been around. In the 1800s the building was neglected, crumbling and generally uncared for. This deeply upset the Fench writer Victor Hugo, who appreciated the beauty of Gothic Architecture. As a result, he wrote his novel, Notre-Dame de Paris known in English as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. The main conceit of the novel is that, whatever happens in the world, the building will withstand, making it deserving of respect and love. The novel was so popular that it reignited public interest in Notre-Dame and buildings like it. This lead to a major restoration project. Hugo had succeeded!
Since Hugo’s work made this one of the most popular buildings in the world, the fire in April 2019 came as a shock. Losing so much of such an important landmark came as a reminder to appreciate things while we can. After the fire, some people started to look to 3D printing for a solution. In the past many people had 3D scanned and modeled Notre-Dame de Paris, just like MiniWorld3D. This record of its structure lent hope to our ability to accurately share and commemorate the building. At the very least, remember how it had looked through 3D printed replicas.
Click on the link to 3D print your own Notre-Dame replica thanks to MiniWorld3D.
10. 3D Printable Taj Mahal - Agra, India
Finally, we head to Uttar Pradesh and the city of Agra. Here we find one of the newly appointed 7 Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal.
This impressive building may look like a palace but it’s actually a mausoleum. In 1632 the current Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan’s favorite wife died during childbirth. Her name was Mumtaz Mahal. In his grief, he commissioned the construction of the Taj Mahal, The name translates to Crown of the Palaces. Shah Jahan himself was also buried in the tomb alongside his love upon his own death.
His project was so big it took 21 years to complete the entire work. The actual central mausoleum was, however, finished in just 11 years. The mausoleum stands next to the Yamuna river and is flanked by four Minarets. It has 3 long walkways with reflecting pools shooting left, right and in front. Each of these walkways has another, sandstone building at the end. One is the main entrance, one is a Mosque and the other is a Jawab. The Jawab’s purpose is unknown, though some speculate it may have been a guesthouse. Outside the boundary walls lie many other tombs, including the tombs of Shah Jahan's other wives.
Mumtaz Mahal’s Mausoleum is made entirely from glistening white marble. With multiple arches and carvings covering the exterior walls. Perhaps its most iconic feature is the dome on the roof. Standing 115 feet high, while sitting on a 7 foot high drum, it towers above every other building in the area, cementing Mumtaz’s legacy in the minds of everyone around. The building, and this dome in particular, have become the most famous pieces of Islamic and Indian art and have been referenced in countless works since. Perhaps most notably as the inspiration behind the royal palace of Agrabah in Disney’s 1992 film Aladdin. You may have noticed the city also takes its name from The Taj Mahal’s location too.
The building, of course, also inspired a 3D printable model from MiniWorld3D. This was the first model they created using Fusion 360. First developed 2 years ago, it remains one of their most popular designs. Maybe because it's optimized for 3D printing, support free and easy to print. This 3D model is perfect for printing in a white filament, to mimic the gleaming marble of the building. Will you print a small copy of the monument, or scale it up to be as grand as Shah envisioned?
To 3D print the iconic Taj Mahal’s image, click that link!
MiniWorld3D has utilized the process of home 3D printing to bring travel and culture to anyone. They have made important and popular places and landmarks more accessible to anyone who may not be able to experience them in person or even see them at all.
We hope that you've enjoyed your trip around the 3D printable world with MyMiniFactory and MiniWorld3D. And we hope you continue to support MiniWorld3D by clicking the “support me” button on their designer profile. You can also follow them via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
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