Hate Christmas Shopping? Don’t we all? Well, if you can get your (Santa) Claws on a 3D printer, then get comfortable… Mark Grayson has some top 3D printed Christmas gifts to wow your family and friends this year. After all, what’s more impressive than showing off a bit of techie genius?
Top 9 – 3D Printed Gifts Your Family and Friends Will Love!
(…after all, it’s the thought that counts.)
Christmas is twelve days away! Are you struggling to get off the couch to go shopping?
Would you rather finish the box sets of Suits, 24, or listen to your favorite christmas No.1? Well, I might have the answer!
Yes you’ve guessed it…. 3D Printing. This could be your life saver! After a little research I have come up with the top gifts that will impress your family and friends! (P.S. You’ll need to purchase a 3D printer first.)
Sainsbury’s, has been brought to life, thanks to the use of 3D printing.! Take a look at the video below.
A full-colour, multi- material J750 3D Printer from Stratasys Ltd was used to produce the faces of several characters that feature in the commercial, which was shot entirely in stop-frame animation.
Here is how it works. It’s super simple: you see something that you like, you download the 3D file, as you might for music and movies (except that it is legal), and then you send it to your 3D printer!
1. The claws of Wolverine, to be a real badass!
(plus, they make noise):
Who hasn’t dreamed of being Wolverine at least once in their life? Well, thanks to 3D printing technology, now you can! The blades open with an authentic sound effect, sure to thrill the X Men geeks out there.
2. An armor for Kiki, your aunt’s turbulent cat
(the ultimate 3D printed Christmas gift for a pet!)
For the warrior cat on the block, or for a scaredy cat who needs a little protection from the neighbourhood bully, what could be more intimidating than actual cat armour??
3. The true home of the Simpsons
(because it’s really important to have it. Yes, yes.)
This free download of the most famous cartoon house in the world, the 3D printed Simpsons house requires no software support to download. Piecing the windows and other bits together might be a bit of legwork, but for someone who’s a big fan of the show, it’ll be worth it!
No4. Hulk figurine to please your little brother
(and especially yourself, of course)
Designed by cult designer Big LiL Design, who have a substantial Instagram following, the Low Poly Hulk is a very cool 3D printed Christmas gift idea for the comic book lover in your life. Featuring The Hulk in his iconic costume and pose, you can paint your finished printed design with acrylic paint, and sealed with an Adhesion Promoter.
No 5. A bow tie for your uncle who needs to get more swag
This quirky, pin-on bow tie mounts over your top button. Perfect for someone with a unique sense of style, it’s certainly a gift they’re not going to find anywhere else!
6. A 3D printed graffiti of your favourite street artist
(because the tags are not just for walls, it can also be for your coffee table)
Developed from the famous Kushty street art tag, the Kushty 3D printed model takes nearly seven hours to print. However, if you’ve got it in mind for a good friend, that time will be worth it.
7. A super stylish necklace for your best girl
Designed by the visual motifs of a dragonfly’s wing, the striking, modern design of the Libella necklace has a distinct subtlety to it, despite its size. Though you’ll need a few (non-3D printed) extras, if you want a 3D printed Christmas gift you can put your own work into, this will be an extraordinary and unique present she is sure to treasure.
8. Lampshades to give a facelift to your kitchen lamps
Costing just over $10, the trendy Ribone lampshade can be produced in any colour or size you wish. Designed to work with the Ikea SEKOND cord set, it can also be customised to fit any socket, bulb, or your individual specs.
9. A support that amplifies the sound of your smartphone, so it’s party time all the time!
Not only is this 3D printed Christmas gift of a nifty iPhone amplifier free to download, but you can customise the colour to suit the recipient, based – of course – on what printing material you have at home. It works with any phone with a speaker in the base, and the sound quality has the distinctly retro quality of a gramophone.
What do you think of 3D printed Christmas gifts? It’s certainly a novel idea, but are your loved ones ready for the future yet? Let us know on Twitter, or hashtag #AskTDMB to chat more!