3D Printed Itty Bitty Pretty City of Lights by Ittyblox

Share this Article

b86cd75236a4e46016e3278f45e88e8a_originalThere’s something almost irresistible about the ability to hold a skyscraper in the palm of your hand…maybe it’s the feeling of power that you wield over its diminutive inhabitants, or maybe it’s just the possibility to appreciate the entirety of what is normally too large to be perceived as a whole. Whether your preference is for god-like stature or a better bird’s eye view, the Dutch company Ittyblox has what you are looking for in their series of miniature 3D printed building sets.

The models they produce are true to their company’s name and at 1:1000 scale they assemble on a snap-in-place base to present an entire city block at a size easily accommodated on a side table. Their most recent city block is taken directly out of the heart of Paris and has shopping, banking, mass transportation, gardens, the Sainte Chapelle cathedral, and some apartments for Lilliputian Parisians. If this is the kind of thing that interests you, you’ll be excited to know that they have already released a NY block, featuring the iconic Flatiron building, an Amsterdam set, and a series of pieces from Miami.

96c4c9c5cbc7e675861acba3fd3de189_originalNY, Miami, and Amsterdam can be purchased at their Shapeways store, following their own successful Kickstarter campaigns, but your itchy fingers will have to wait a bit more for the Paris set as they have just begun a Kickstarter campaign to take this petite city from single iteration to ready to order. Even better is the fact that the buildings are available as rewards for a price that is significantly less than if you wait and buy the buildings later. With 52 days still to go in the campaign, Ittyblox has already received $2,820 towards the $16,395 goal (the numbers are a bit odd because of conversions from the euro, as the crowdfunding goal sits at €15,000).

Ittyblox itself has been around for just over a year and its founder Stef de Vos is finding that his creations are every bit as contagious as he had hoped. Each building is a bit like that old potato chip commercial, it’s impossible to stop with just one! In his Kickstarter plea, de Vos explained how he started down this path towards diminutive world domination:

“I started Ittyblox as a way to combine my passions for both architecture and 3D printing. The buildings I design in 3D software, are 3D printed in full color by Shapeways.com…[and]…now it’s time to add Paris! The reason I chose Paris as the next city to add to the Ittyblox collection months ago is because of its beauty, peace and romance…I tried to capture the typical Parisian style and also added two famous Paris buildings.”

These buildings are highly detailed, something that is not as simple as it sounds given the limitations of 3D printing, the scale, and the Gothic to Art Nouveau to Modern stylings of essential Paris.

“Much time is spent to get the balance right between detailing and staying within the possibilities of current 3D printing technology. The delicate production process 8aa8108411b8a3aaab7b4c0e1b208c32_originalmakes it hard to design little details without breaking them during handling. However, a gothic chapel isn’t a gothic chapel without the many little edges, corners, curves and lines.”

And he’s captured the essence quite nicely. The pledge amounts are about 20% less than what the price will be when they finally go up for sale on Shapeways…and I’m already clearing off a space on my coffee table. Now, I just have to figure out how to break it to my husband that we now collect tiny cities.  Discuss this incredible design in the 3D Printed Itty Bitty Pretty City forum on 3DPB.com.

 

Share this Article


Recent News

3D Printing News Briefs, July 13, 2024: Metal 3D Printer, AFWERX Award, & More

3D Printing Markets Grows 8% Year over Year



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Food

3D Printed Guns


You May Also Like

Vision Miner Acquires its 3D Printer Supplier AddWise

Vision Miner, a provider of industrial 3D printing solutions, has announced the acquisition of AddWise, a manufacturer of 3D printers and related products, in a deal valued that the companies...

“Auto Repair Needs 3D Printing” – Harold Sears Weighs in on Auto Additive’s Launch

Despite the automotive sector’s long-time adoption of additive manufacturing (AM), the use of the technology for end parts in consumer vehicles is only just now beginning to take off. And,...

Featured

Formlabs Buys Nascent SLS 3D Printer Competitor Micronics

Formlabs, maker of accessible yet professional 3D printers, has acquired Micronics, which recently debuted with a claim of making a $2,999 3D printer. I, for one, was pretty incredulous about...

The Producers: HP’s President of 3D Printing Savi Baveja Explains How the Company is Addressing Scalability

HP (NSYE: HPQ) and the additive manufacturing (AM) industry in the US need each other. In the long run, I believe that what’s good for one will be good for...