If you’re looking for models to print on Thingiverse, one of the ways you can look is by the all-time most popular list. Doing so is a great way to get reliable models that are interesting. If you actually look at the models, almost all of the top ones are functional somehow.
You’ve got a 3D scanner turn-table, a whistle, and a digital sundial, all featuring very highly. One model stands out. However, as it’s just a plain boat, called 3DBenchy. If you’re a little confused as to why there’s a small boat floating to the top of a list of otherwise almost exclusively functional parts, read on.
What Is 3D Benchy?
As it turns out, 3DBenchy, or just Benchy for short, actually is a useful print differently. Benchy is short for Benchmark, as the model includes several challenging geometries designed specifically to push 3D printers as a test of their calibration.
There are three versions of Benchy, the standard single-piece model, a model broken down into more than a dozen parts suitable for testing your printer and your construction skills, and a dual material file designed for use with dual extruder systems.
Benchy includes difficult geometry designed to test your printer while being small enough to print quickly and to not consume too much in the way of filament. The hull is a large, smooth overhanging curve that is challenging to print and easily shows surface quality issues.
There are tiny details that can only be accurately recreated by a high-resolution printer. The roof of the bridge is a large overhang which is tricky to print without support structures. The writing on the underside clearly highlights any issues with the first layers of the print.
Of course, Benchy isn’t the only 3D printer torture test; there are plenty of others that test similar challenges or test other things, such as the results of printing a repeating structure at different temperatures. None of these have caught the eye of the maker community quite like Benchy, though, as it is a regular sight around most 3D printers.
Have you tried printing your own 3DBenchy? How did it go? Let us know down below.