We build to scale models of cities chosen by you, and bring those cities to life through 3D printing!
So far we have completed 5 to scale models, meaning each dimension has the same proportion to the real life city, and plan to expand rapidly across the United States and the rest of the world.
We need your help choosing which city to build next. With your backing we will be able to acquire the 3D printers to reach the production capacity necessary to make this a sustainable business.
Thank you for your support!
We have completed 5 locations that are available to ship before Christmas!
Dallas was the first city built. It's our hometown. After Dallas we began accepting votes and quickly expanded to other Texas cities such as Fort Worth and Houston. We've since expanded out to Los Angeles with more on the way!
Chicago and San Francisco have the highest vote counts so we're currently working on the plot for Chicago and expect to be done shortly after this campaign. San Francisco will follow shortly after Chicago.
We estimate that we can complete a new city every 6 weeks.
Where would you like to go? Pledge $1 to support this campaign and your vote will count double after this campaign or you can place a single vote for free on our website right now!
100% of profits from the Houston Strong skyline reward will go to relief effort or your choice. A survey will be sent after the end of this campaign for Houston Strong backers to vote on the fund they want their money to go to.
There is a specific reward for this called Houston Strong. The reward comes with the model replica of Houston with the words "Houston Strong" engraved on the wood base.
We're offering a limited edition stainless steel infused version of each skyline. Yes, you heard that right. Powderized stainless steel is infused in the plastic prior to being 3D printed. The effect is added weight and a really cool cast metal look.
These are really cool, but the material cost is over 10X as expensive as the white plastic so we're only offering a limited quantity.
3D Printed Skylines started out as a hobby project to map a to-scale model of downtown Dallas and then bring it to life through 3D printing. The original print was intended to be a decorative reminder of Dallas that Brandon could place on his desk to appreciate.
It was then used as a prize for a fun game played at a housewarming party for a new Dallas resident and friend. The 3D printer worked on the model during the party and people could guess what was printing. The first guesses were pretty hysterical but eventually someone guessed Dallas. They got to take it home that night!
Word soon got out. D Magazine wrote this article and people began asking if other cities could be made. A survey to collect votes was put up on a website and 3D Printed Skylines was born.
PLA (polylactic acid) is one of the best materials to create objects with a 3D printer. It is a bioplastic made from a number of plant products including corn, potatoes and sugar-beets. PLA is considered an 'earth friendly' plastic that is environmentally friendly and can be composted at commercial compost facilities. PLA can easily be painted with cellulose spray paints and oil paints, although acrylic paints are considered the best choice.
Stainless Steel PLA is a compound of PLA and finely ground, powderized stainless steel. It has the same natural properties as PLA in addition to being a highly dense material that looks like cast metal. Due to the addition of steel, this model carries more weight than the Bright White PLA.
Walnut is a hardwood with beautiful grain patterns. It is popular in high end furniture and a preferred species for architectural millwork. It is also used for cabinetry, gunstocks, turnings and much more.
The walnut bases are coated with a protective sealer made from a mixture of boiled linseed oil, pure tung oil and polyurethane oil. This mixture really brings out the grain pattern by building contrast between the lighter and darker colors.
Video production - Brett A Vance
Audio - Derek from sixfigurecrowdfunding.com
Video Set - Common Desk
3D Printers - MakerGear 3D Printers
Filament - ProtoPlan Proto-pasta
Risks and challenges
3D Printers are very technical machines with moving parts. It is normal to have a part malfunction and require replacement from time to time. We have attempted to include these unforeseen replacements into our production capacity calculations so that we can ensure delivery by Christmas. Of course, if things were to go worse than expected it is possible that we will not be able to deliver every single order before Christmas, 2017. Luckily, we can always purchase more 3D printers to increase our capacity and will be ready to do so.
If our current lumber supplier shuts down then we will have to purchase wood from another supplier. Switching suppliers could affect our production timeline. Luckily, the lumber yard is located in a wood and granite district with other lumber suppliers close by so it should not take much time to switch suppliers.
Shipping times can be a bit unreliable around the holidays. Our production projections include a multiple-day buffer in the days leading up to Christmas to ensure that orders are delivered in time, but we cannot guarantee that a shipping company will not take longer than projected to ship your reward to you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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