3D printed Rapunzel. Source: WhiteClouds
3D printed Rapunzel. Source: WhiteClouds


Rapunzel is a German fairy tale published in 1812 by the Brothers Grimm in “Children’s and Household Tales.” In the tale, Rapunzel is trapped in a tower by a witch, who visits her by climbing up her hair. One day, a prince hears Rapunzel’s beautiful voice as she sings. He discovers how to get into the tower by watching the witch climb up her hair, and after she leaves, asks Rapunzel to let down her hair. They plan to get married, but they are discovered by the witch. The witch casts Rapunzel out to the wilderness and eventually, the prince finds her and they are reunited.

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Model Specs

Designer: Kyle Gifford

Number of Layers: 635

Layer Resolution: 89 Microns (Slightly thinner than a human hair.)

Build time: 2 hours, 53 minutes

Dimensions: 10.7 x 6.5 x 9.3”

Printer: ProJet 660Pro

Software: Maya and Photoshop

Fun Character Facts:

  • Disney released a retelling of the tale in “Tangled.”
  • Rapunzel makes an appearance in the T.V. series, “Once Upon a Time.”
  • Rapunzel Syndrome is a rare intestinal condition that results from eating hair.

Designer Note:

Gifford states, “I designed a few iterations of this character without her tower scene, but it caused the girl to not feel like “Rapunzel”. Because of this, her character has been shrunk in relation to the others I have designed, and more emphasis put into the environment.”

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