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Sky Island

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3D model description

One of my longer projects: The Sky Island. Also known as floating islands, these mysterious islands levitate in the sky out of the reach of mere mortals. Until now that you can print your own!

Video with time-lapse and model assembly:

The model comes with couple of options: You can have it planted on a base with a bearing so it can be placed on a table or shelf and rotated effortlessly, or you can print the tree crown with a loop for hanging the model high up (as sky islands are supposed to be).

The island part is hollow and the city part is hollowed out enough to let light out while still printable completely support free. For assembly you can print the pegs to have the city part work as a lid, if you want to be able to open it up at any point. How well these fit will be up to your printer, might have to scale up or down as I can't say how precise my printers are in the end. You can also opt to just glue it all together as more permanent solution.

I planned to have this rotate with a motor but that part of the project turned out to be bit complicated when it comes to supplying power to a rotating object. I'm choosing not to release the prototype as I can't say how safe it is in the long run.

3D printing settings

Supports only required for the tree crown, unless you choose to print the flat version.

3D printer file information

  • 3D design format: STL Folder details Close
    • city_01.stl
    • connector_peg_01.stl
    • island_01.stl
    • stand_bearing_axle.stl
    • stand_bearing_base.stl
    • tree_crown_01.stl
    • tree_crown_flat_01.stl
    • tree_crown_flat_loop_01.stl
    • tree_crown_loop_01.stl

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  • Last update: 2018-01-31 at 12:51
  • Publication date: 2018-01-28 at 22:25





I'm someone who always admired artists, but never managed to create anything of my own, not untill I discovered 3D printing.
The first time I held my own creation in my hand, I knew this was my thing, and it has been ever since. Designing and especially learning HOW, is a passion for me.

Almost all my models are made to learn something in the process, and that keeps me improving and branching out to new things. A major motivation also has been the community, who have encouraged and supported my efforts to a point I never dreamed possible!

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