I’ve been prototyping tiny house scale models for months, and now feel ready to launch this line of 1:48 tiny house scale models. They are 3D printed on-demand via Shapeways – a leading professional 3D printing company. The material we’re kicking this off with is SLS Nylon – which is strong and flexible – perfect for a model you can assemble and reassemble as your creativity moves you.
In fact that’s the whole idea… we wanted to make a model that helped people work-through their own design ideas using common tiny house styles and components. We’ve been designing tiny houses since 2008 – so have a good idea how to approach this best.
So instead of making specific tiny house models -which would have been much easier -we made these tiny houses as kits with interchangeable parts. You pick the size of the house, the four walls, the roof style, and all the interior furnishings. Then… if you want to switch the front wall, no problem. Slide-out the old one and slip-in another design.
We’re launching with 5 trailer sizes, (12-foot, 16-foot, 20-foot, 24-foot, and 28-foot (2-axle & 3-axle)), three roof types, (gable, gambrel, and shed), and a bunch of interior features like kitchen kits, beds, bathroom kits, loft options, several stair types, and living room furniture.
There are just a few tips we want to share that will help you pick compatible walls, roof, and trailer.
First, decide in the size trailer and roof style of your tiny house first. This will drive which trailer, exterior walls, and roofs you should choose from.
For example lets say you pick a 20-foot trailer, and you want a gable roof. You should then limit your searches to 20-foot gable walls only. We’ve organized our walls & roofs into categories in our Shapeways Shop to help keep walls and roofs of like-kind together. But it’s super important to pay attention to the length & type when ordering.
- Order the size trailer you want. Notice that the 28-foot trailers have both 2-axle & 3-axle axles and that determines which walls you’ll need.
- Order two end walls that are compatible with your roof style selection. Gable and Gambrel (barn roof) end walls can be used on the front and back of the house. We refer to the back of the house as the trailer tongue side of the house.
- Order two side walls based on the length and roof style of the house. Gable and Gambrel roofs use the same side walls. The shed roof walls are taller on both the right & left sides, so if you pick a shed roof limit your shopping to the shed roof style. Facing the back of the trailer you’re looking at what we refer to as the front of the house. I know that sounds backwards, but it makes sense once you think about most tiny homes (the front is the back of the trailer (or the right side (curb side in the US) of the house))).
- Order the roof based on the length of the house (and number of axles for the 28-foot house).
Lastly order the burnings that look most interesting to you. Be sure to order items in these categories.
- Loft Kit (which includes a ladder)
- Stairs (if you’s like one)
- Interior walls
Tools & Working with Models
You’ll probably want to get some modeler tools to help ease the fitting of parts. While no glue is needed to build these models (they slide, press, and snap together), you may need to do some sanding, filing, and burnishing to help items fit together. Here’s one example of a useful toolset available via Amazon:
I want to hear your feedback and ideas
Every morning I get up early and draw more. I’ve got a running inventory sheet hanging next to my desk that I color-code to identify the category of 3D printed parts I should add next – like walls, roofs, and furniture. Every day the priority list changes – so I’d love to hear what you want me to draw.
Do you want a new wall? Do you have a style of house like wedge or vardo I’ve not draw yet? Do you have an idea of a bathroom or furniture piece you want to see? let me know in the comments below, and I’ll get drawing. Thanks!