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We use 3D printing technology to make miniatures of the Sears Westly Kit Home and customize it with your color(s).
We use 3D printing technology to make miniatures of the Sears Westly Kit Home and customize it with your color(s).
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Hello everyone!

In this project, we are going to use 3D printing technology to make a miniature of Sears Westly kit house that you can hold in your hands!

Sears Westly is one of the most popular Sears kit homes. This miniature will be a great gift for a Sears Westly house owner or anyone who has a great interest in Sears Modern Homes!   It is also perfect for placing on a bookshelf, display ledge or mantel!

In November 2016, we made a miniature of Sears Sunbeam kit house, a project quite similar to what we propose to do now. The Sears Sunbeam miniature is available online at Etsy. Later, we going to use the pictures from our Sears Sunbeam project to give you a rough idea of what you can expect from the current Sears Westly project.

This Sears Westly miniature will have 3 separate pieces: 1st floor, 2nd floor and the roof. When you stack them together, you see the whole house. You can choose the color for the house and the color for the windows/doors.  The miniature house measures about  5 inches tall. 

The printing material we use is called PLA, an eco-friendly plastic material made from food resources such as corn starch or sugar cane.  It is durable too.

 Three Steps

First, our designer will use a CAD software to create a 3D model of the Sears Westly based on the basic information obtained from 1921 Sears Modern Homes Hornor Bilt catalog.  Our designer will 3D model the house based on the , floor plans and necessary calculation.

 

1921 Sears Modern Homes Hornor Bilt catalog
1921 Sears Modern Homes Hornor Bilt catalog

 

 

Sears Westly
Sears Westly

 

Sears Westly Floor Plans
Sears Westly Floor Plans

Second, we will 3D print the 3D model of the Sears Westly on a professional desktop 3D printer. 

Lastly, we will post process the 3D printed house such as light sanding, support removal etc. For 2-color miniature, we will assemble the windows and doors manually.

 

 Sears Sunbeam Miniature 3D Printed

We successfully finished the miniature Sears Sunbeam project in DThis purpose of this example is to help you better understand the workflow we are going to apply to the Sears Westly miniature project.

Sears Sunbeam Kit Home Miniature 3D Printed
Sears Sunbeam Kit Home Miniature 3D Printed

We finished Sears Sunbeam miniature project in November, 2016.  We started with a picture of the Sears Sunbeam model obtained from Sears archives. Based on the house image and floor plans and with some calculations, we got the necessary dimensions of the Sears Sunbeam.

Sears Sunbeam Kit Home
Sears Sunbeam Kit Home

Next, our designer built the 3D model of the Sears Sunbeam in Blender. 

Sears Sunbeam Kit Home Miniature 3D Model Front View in Blender
Sears Sunbeam Kit Home Miniature 3D Model Front View in Blender

 

Sears Sunbeam Kit Home Miniature 3D Model Side View in Blender
Sears Sunbeam Kit Home Miniature 3D Model Side View in Blender

 

Sears Sunbeam Kit Home Miniature 3D Model Front View
Sears Sunbeam Kit Home Miniature 3D Model Front View

Last, we printed them in 3 pieces .  We removed the support and rafts and slightly sanded the 3D print. For 2-colors miniature, we manually put on the windows and doors. 

Sears Sunbeam Kit Home Miniature First Floor 3D Printed
Sears Sunbeam Kit Home Miniature First Floor 3D Printed

 

Sears Sunbeam Kit Home Miniature Second Floor 3D Printed
Sears Sunbeam Kit Home Miniature Second Floor 3D Printed

 

Sears Sunbeam Kit Home Miniature Top 3D Printed
Sears Sunbeam Kit Home Miniature Top 3D Printed

 

Risks and challenges

We do not see any risks in this project. Based on our valuable experience gained from the miniature Sears Sunbeam project, we think we can successfully finish miniature Sears Westly project.

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    Thanks for your support! You will feel good about supporting a project that is related to interesting American history. In addition, you can get project updates and be part of our community.

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    Keychain with Sears Westly Engraved

    You will get a 3D printed keychain with a simplified sketch of a Sears Westly kit house engraved on top.

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    Miniature Sears Westly (1 color)

    You will get a 3D printed miniature Sears Westly in one color of your choice.

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    Miniature Sears Westly (2 color)

    You will get a 3D printed miniature Sears Westly in two colors of your choice, one color for the house and one color for the windows and doors.

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    Miniature Sears Westly & 3D Model

    You will get a 3D printed miniature Sears Westly in two colors of your choice, one color for the house and one color for the windows and doors. In addition, you will receive the 3D model in stl format .

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