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The Moon Puzzle

3D model description

The Moon Puzzle

A 240 piece 3D puzzle of our moon based on real elevation data
(a smitch exaggerated for dramatic effect).

Diameter: 200 mm (8 inch)
Print time: days..!
Models: pre-arranged on 4 standard sized build plates (200x200mm)
File size: 115MB
Triangles: 2.4M

A lot of fun to put together and quite challenging without the use of a cheat sheet.

Not to mention that it makes for an eye-catching piece of decor sitting on your desk or on a shelf when it's fully assembled.


Barker, M. K., Mazarico, E., Neumann, G. A., Zuber, M. T., Haruyama, J., Smith, D. E. "A new lunar digital elevation model from the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter and SELENE Terrain Camera," Icarus, Volume 273, p. 346-355.

3D printing settings

In order to successfully print this model your printer needs to be tuned to produce accurate dimensions and retract reliably without too much oozing.
Before you decide to get the full model I recommend to download the four test pieces, print them out and test the fit. Use them to tune your settings until the pieces interlock with a nice friction fit.
Having said that, I printed mine on an Ender 3 without any tweaks with no problems.

Here are some ballpark settings

Slicer: Cura 3.6.0
Filament: Wanhao PLA 1.75
Layer Height: 0.15mm
Wall thickness: 0.8mm
Top/Bottom thickness: 0.6mm
Infill: 10%
Supports: off (the model comes with supports)
Adhesion: Brim, 2mm

  • 3D model format: STL and ZIP





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