The inspiration behind choosing the Taj Mahal as my building to 3D print is my appreciation for intricate and ancient architecture. Taking an art history class, I was able to learn about various historical buildings and their impacts in different cultures! To begin my project, I searched a bird’s-eye view image of the Taj Mahal on Google Earth/Maps: https://www.google.com/maps/about/behind-the-scenes/streetview/treks/taj-mahal/
To begin, I imported a bird’s-eye view of the Taj Mahal canvas into Fusion360. I started to sketch and create basic shapes of the mausoleum such as the square base on which it stands, the surrounding tall minarets, and various dome shapes by using a shapes command and resizing the different circles and squares.
- Once I created the basic shapes, I uploaded a front-view picture of the mausoleum from Google Images to begin tracing the intricate arcs, spandrels, spires, and lines using the line/spline tool.
- The source for the front-view image is: https://www.123rf.com/photo_64178557_stock-vector-taj-mahal-icon-in-cartoon-style-isolated-on-white-background-india-symbol-vector-illustration-.html
Once the tracing was complete and all of the lines were connected, I began to extrude the different structures inward allowing me to create entrances, Iwans (windows), and other shapes/designs on the building.
After I was completed with tracing and extruding, I replicated the design from the front of the mausoleum to the other three sides, making the design identical all around. Next I created beveled angels and added shapes to the minarets (2nd image) using features and keys under ‘construct’ in Fusion360.
Sketch (dimensions, measurements)
The final project ready to be sent off to 3D print:
- Layer Height: 0.2mm
Infill Density Percentage: 20%
Filament Amount (g): 9g
Print Time: 1hr 53min
Filament Brand/Material: ESUN, PLA
Support/Additional Adhesion: none
Link to Design on Thingiverse: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3903680