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Tower of Orthanc - Saruman's Tower (From Lord of The Rings)

by andritains May 1, 2018
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Does anyone else have trouble getting the files to slice? File 2 seems to always get stuck at about half way when slicing

Do you think it's possible to print all of these pieces at 100% without supports on an Ender 3 Pro? Great model btw.

Hello gknoles! I've never used an Ender 3 Pro but I'd say there should be no problem, since supports are not required. I can only suggest to use as much infill as possible, in order to print the flat top side of each piece correctly. Due to the size of the models, it's unprobable that they fit all together in one print, it's almost certain that you'll have to go for at least two separate prints. Good luck, and let us know how it goes!

Hi! Fantastic model! Just about finished printing is at 100%. I'm not sure about the stacking order of the parts, from what I figured it is from the bottom: 2, 3, 7, 8, 5, 6, 10, 4, 1, 9, 11. Am I right?

Hi Pratyeka!
Thanks for your comment! If you liked the model, check the maker’s profile on MyMiniFactory, his works are incredible...
Anyway, I just checked the order on my personal print and yes, the order you said is correct!
You’ll see that it’s the only order in which the pieces fit each other perfectly.
Good luck with the post printing & feel free to post your make once it’s done!

Printed at 70%. 5% infill. 70cm height. just perfect

Anyone tried to print it with 0%infill?

I tried a very low infill and it turned out great, but since each piece has a "roof" i don't think a hollowed model would be phisically printable... On the other hand it would be a really cool experiment, so if you try let me know how it goes! :D

would this work with 25mm miniatures?

No, 100% scale is perfect for 14mm miniatures. If you want it to be on scale with 25mm miniatures you have to scale up the model to 180% (178,5 to be extra precise). I hope you try it anyway, because it would be an awesome diorama!

What scale is this tower on the default print size?

The scale is 1:150 to the original. (1:152,4) to be precise

It took me a total of 24 hours divided into 3 prints. It is a very short time considering the size of it, but i didn't print it at full scale, but about 60%. all I can suggest is to reduce to minimum the infill (i did around 10-15%) and the thickness of the walls (0.7-0.8), because most of the time and filament are wasted on those

It looks absolutely stunning!! Did you use any kind of special filament or just black filament with silver spray paint or something, to get that metallic sheen?

Thank you very much Asgart! I printed all the pieces in regular PLA (3 different colours, in order to use just a little filament from each spool), then I painted them all with one or two layers of white to make the surface uniform, and then I went for two thick layers of chrome paint. (Quick tip if you want to use it: never apply protective/transparent paint afterwards, it deletes the shiny effect!) and finally I used some black acrylic paint and a sponge to make the weathering. Anyway, I suggest you to print it because it looks hella cool in my bedroom

Dont know how you got it printed. This is what i got 30 min. in