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3D Print a Chess Set

Thinking about giving someone special a chess set after binge watching “The Queen’s Gambit” on Netflix?

Chess has topped a lot of Wish Lists this year and were selling out across the country in 2020! But good news — a complete chess set can be printed on any desktop 3D printer in just a few hours.

“Ever since The Queen’s Gambit launched, our chess sales have increased triple digits,” marvels Elizabeth LoVecchio, vice-president of marketing at Spin Master. The huge toy company has a division of classic games — such as chess, checkers and backgammon — that owns about 70% of the market share in the United States. ~

NPR.org
chess knight 3d printed in gold plastic

I’ve found a number of really good chess sets to 3D print on free file sites like Thingiverse and MyMiniFactory.

But if you want to make a truly unique set, you can design your own pieces in Tinkercad or any other 3D design software.

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How Many Pieces are in a Complete Chess Set?

There are 32 pieces in a standard chess set, divided into two sets of 16. Traditionally these are made in black and white, but with a 3D printer you can use any color you like.

To make your own set you’ll only need SIX unique designs: King, Queen, Bishop, Rook, Knight and Pawn. The Rook, Bishop and Knight come in pairs and there are eight Pawns to a side.

If you’re not familiar with chess, the Rook is a piece that generally looks like a castle, while the Knight is traditionally depicted by his horse. The King and Queen dominate the other pieces and are often taller. The Bishop can look a lot like a king or queen, but is a bit smaller.

Pawns are the foot soldiers of the game with the smallest pieces.

Traditional sets have simple pieces — after all, the first chess sets were hand carved. You can find modern sets with 32 unique pieces, which sometimes makes it difficult to keep track of who’s who.

3D Printed Chess Sets

Here's a collection of awesome 3D printed chess sets you can make today with free files.