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10 Catan Models to 3D Print
In this article, I’m going to show you 10 of my favorite Settlers of Catan models that you can download and 3D print on your own 3D printer. I will introduce you to some of the most talented figurine designers in the World! Isn’t it amazing that you can have their spectacular works in your collection?!
What is a Catan model?
Just in case you’re not familiar with the term, I’ll explain what a Catan model is. Catan is the short form of Settlers of Catan which is a very popular board game played by multiple players.
The designer of this exciting game is Klaus Teuber and it was in 1995 that it was first published. Franckh-Kosmos Verlag was the one that published it under the title Die Siedler von Catan.
It is a game that revolves around the players seeking to be rulers. They resort to different strategies in the collection of resources and use them to make different constructions. This could be settlements, cities or even roads. The board design may vary and this determines the nature of each game.
The most important aspect of 3D printing is how it enables you to view whatever is in the game in three dimensions. 3D printing allows you to come up with the most breathtaking figures and props from your imagination.
You will feel a great sense of accomplishment when you develop and print a great looking model. You need to utilize all that 3D printing technology has to offer to come up with the best 3D models as they more detail you can reproduce the better.
Let’s now look at the 10 different Catan Models you can 3D Print one by one!
For quick access, you can see all of these models in my Catan Thingiverse Collection.
This is a creation of FileSavers and as you can see it takes the form of a sheep. It is a nice-looking model that is easy to tweak to your liking.
KaiDesigns is the designer of this model. The subtle debossed number is part of what enhances the beauty of this model. Even the most basic 3D printer will be able to print this piece to a good standard.
Settlers of Catan-style Holder and Player Pieces
This is a creation by Caditive, it’s a Settlers of Catan style holder with accompanying player pieces. All the pieces are very simply designed making them easy for you to customize to your liking in a suitable CAD program like TinkerCAD.
Catan Building Costs Card
Produced by willnickisch, this is a great replacement for the original buidling costs card. It will even fit in the original holder. This piece will benefit from your 3D printer being calibrated to get the detail right on the text. These designs are about getting the feeling of accomplishment which is only possible when you produce quality pieces that you will be proud to use next time you play the game.
Hollow Blank Catan Hex
Infamous Crim is the creator of this model. It’s the simplest Settlers of Catan piece in this list but the most essential! You can use this model to add to your existing game or create your own game from scratch.
Blank Catan Hex
This one was done by Infamous Crim and it has the original Catan hexagon design. It looks great on the tiled floor and in many other places you may want to place it.
Catan Volcano Hex
Infamous Crim is also the designer of this model. This is perfect for us with the Atlantis expansion and uses the standard Catan Hex base.
Catan Gold Hex
This is a remarkable piece by Infamous Crim. It comes out best if you’ve calibrated your printer and let it print slowly to bring out the small details in the trees.
Catan Desert Hex
This is a creation of Infamous Crim as well and the outstanding design is breathtaking. It’s a re-work of the Dakanzla desert piece to fit the standard Catan hex.
Catan Mountains Hex
It looks like a collection of mountains. This one is designed by Infamous cream and is again designed to fit the standard Catan hex.
I hope this selection has inspired you to download and print some of your own Catan pieces. Better yet, open up TinkerCAD to make your own bespoke pieces before sharing them with the 3D printing community and give something back!
If you don’t yet have your own 3D printer and this article has whet your appetite, check out my beginner’s guide to buying a 3D printer to help you choose a suitable model without breaking the bank.