‘Tis the season for snowball fights, warm fires, colorfully-wrapped presents, delicious latkes, reruns of “A Christmas Story” on TBS, and, now, 3D printing. The MakerBot Thingiverse community has gotten in on the festive fun with an outpouring of holiday-themed designs that that are easy to make and free to download.
Here are just a few that we’ve added to our holiday wishlist:
1. Snowflake Machine by mathgrrl
Lack of snow got you feeling down? Well, why not make your own, personalized snowflake this year? The Snowflake Machine uses random numbers, mathematical algorithms, and computer code to create over a billion unique 3D snowflake designs. Thanks to MakerBot Customizer, you can customize your snowflake from your browser and export the file to your 3D printer in a matter of minutes.
2. Nutcracker by rba
With this printable nutcracker, you can put on the most accurate production of “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy” in your local theater. The design features a fully-movable jaw, and stands nearly two feet tall. Print it in a single, solid color so that you can decorate your Nutcracker as you wish.
3. Tea Light Menorah by brackett27
If you find yourself in sudden need of a Menorah, download this festive, functional design. The menorah is designed to hold small tea lights that can be easily removed when finished. The sturdy design can last undisturbed and lit for the entire life of the candle. (Note: As with any combination of plastic and heat, there is the potential for melting, so monitor your menorah.)
4. Build-A-Snowman Kit by jameswakefield
Open up a mini snowman factory in your neighborhood with this 3D printable snowman kit. The kit comes complete with a snowman mold, hat, arms, nose, mouth, and eyes. Just snap the pieces out of their holder and decorate as you wish. Win the holiday decoration war on your block with your own mighty snowman army.
5. Rudolph the Reindeer Cookie Cutter by OogiMe
Need an excuse to make festive holiday cookies? This 3D printed Rudolph the Reindeer cookie cutter can make anyone seem like a professional pastry chef. And that’s just one design among the cast collection of cookie cutters from OogiMe, all of which are available for free on Thingiverse. Santa is sure to leave you the best gifts when you leave these cookies out.
From functional model trains to light-up stars, the possibilities are endless when you put the power of 3D design into the hands of the individual. Now, anyone can join in on the festive fun with a little bit of design knowledge. With 3D printing, this holiday season will be as unique as a snowflake. Share your 3D printed holiday creations with us on social media using #holidaymakes.