3D printed Cinderella's Castle from Disney

Matt Mason, author of The Pirate's Dilemma, sez, "I thought you'd be into this 3-D printed scale model of Cinderella’s Castle I received in the mail today. A few weeks back I was speaking at the Disney Imagineering HQ in California, where 3-D printing is used to develop new designs. They made one of these for Bob Iger, one for Steve jobs, and had this one at HQ, which they very kindly sent me as a thank you, after finding out about my obsession with all things 3-D printed. It’s the most detailed thing I’ve seen come out of a prototyping machine yet, this picture doesn’t do justice to the perfect brickwork, spires and columns, nor can you see the corridors that run through the model. It’s pretty nuts. Apparently it took 11 hours to print." Link (Thanks, Matt!)

See also:
Pirate's Dilemma author's speech: "To get rich off pirates, copy them"
Pirate's Dilemma slideshow video -- pirates will save the world


  1. I looked up 3d printing and still don’t understand how it works. Cool though. The castle looks like it’s made of cheese. I like cheese.

  2. depends on what type of printer you use, but here’s the basic concept for the simpler ones. if you lay a stack of papers on top of each other 1 by one with a layer of glue in between each piece, you’d have a brick. If you cut a circle in each paper before gluing it down you’d eventually end up with a brick with a hole in it, and a cylinder. complex models can be formed by stacking thousands of it’s cross sections on top of one another (in the totally oldschool way of making huge wooden sculptures). Each printer varies in its material and technique. The printer I use the most uses a powdered resin with a hardening solution. It’s fairly weak but you coat it in superglue afterwards =). Hope that helps

  3. It DOES look like cheese. That’s the very first thing I thought.

    I am excited by the thought of a cheese castle. Someone must do this.:p

  4. Maybe someone could mod one of those 3-D printers to output cheese instead of plastic (or whatever it is they actually use).

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