Photos of Our Tiny House Miniatures

I recently published a new book, 101 Tiny House Designs: The Ultimate Collection of Tiny House Design. It’s a book of ideas and illustrations for tiny house dreamers.

Now that the book is done, I thought I’d have some fun and make some 3D printed miniatures of the designs in the book. What do you think?

Pictured here is #1 and #19. They were 3D printed by Shapeways – a leading 3D printing company. The material shown here is called frosted detail plastic which offers high detail and a paintable surface. There are other materials available too, each with it’s own characteristics.

The least expensive material is called strong & flexible plastic. It’s a nylon plastic that doesn’t provide as much sharp detail as you see here but is much stronger making it better for use as a toy. The material shown here is more brittle and probably better used as a realistic miniature you intend to paint.

But I like the translucent look – so I’m going to leave these two on my desk just like this for now.

The scale I chose is 1:87 – which is the same as the popular HO model train scale. I didn’t 3D print any of the furniture you see in the book for these models, but it’s easy to find 1:87 scale furniture online.

Right now you can see all 8 designs I’ve converted into 3D printed miniatures over at Shapeways. If you want to see a design from the book made into miniature, leave a comment below and I’ll add it to the list of popular designs. You can see all of the 101 Tiny House Designs here.

If you want to order one of these, just visit our Tiny House Miniature Shop at Shapeways. They print the models on-demand and it typically takes 10-14 days to deliver. As the holidays approach leave more lead time though… their 3D printers are in high demand during the holidays.


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