Glowing Moon

I’ve seen a lot of 3D printed glowing moons for sale on various Etsy shops, and all over Instagram, and wanted to print one for the 10 year old for Christmas. After a few failed moon prints I finally found a design that would work.

Pre-scaled to the right size, and with explicit printing instructions about not rescaling to avoid missing layers (and failed prints), this print turned out beautifully. With solid enough walls to create a really nice shadowing effect for the craters on the moon surface.

The moon itself took a little over 30 hours to print, and a custom base to fit an Ikea touch lamp added another few hours, but the finished version was worth it:


  • Source: Glowing Moon
  • Maker: Brandonzhun
  • License: Creative Commons – Attribution – Non-commercial
  • Model: All Files
  • Material: Prusa White PLA 1.75mm
  • Print Date: 2017/12/07
  • Print Time:
    • Moon: 30 hours 31 minutes
    • Pedestal: 1 hour 22 minutes
  • Estimated Print Time:
    • Moon: 29 hours 39 minutes (Cura estimate)
    • Pedestal: 1 hour 34 minutes
  • Estimated Filament:
    • Moon: 99.71 meters (Cura estimate)
    • Pedestal: 12.9 meters
  • Slicer: PrusaControl/Slic3r
  • Slicer Settings:
    • Moon
      • 0.20mm layers
      • 20% infill
      • supports from build plate only
      • no brim
    • Pedestal
      • 0.30mm layers
      • 10% infill
      • no brim
      • no supports

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