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Play Real-Life SimCity with These 3D-Printed Mini Buildings

Intricate replicas of architecture, like this 200,000-piece Lego model of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West or this 400,000-piece Hogwarts, require hundreds of hours that regular folks just don't have. But with Ittyblox, a recently launched collection of supremely detailed 3D-printed miniature buildings, assembling even an entire city would be a breeze. Each piece, coming in at 1:1000 scale, is produced by 3D-printing company Shapeways on demand with each order.

Ittyblox's current designs draw from the architecture of real cities. There's a mini version of New York City's Guggenheim Museum, London's Methodist Central Hall Westminster, plus some slightly more generic Chicago "black box office buildings" and "Miami Art Deco hotels." Ittyblox sells the designs individually and in multi-building city-themed sets, with prices ranging from $6 for a Miami hotel to $93 for a collection of seven "New York buildings."

The catalog also offers a chunk of highway for $21, a small urban park for $37, and a $20 gridded baseplate to hold all the pieces together. More enterprising customers might also decide to add LED lights under the structures, which have some cut-out windows, or sprinkle some miniature snow.

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