3D Printing is perfect for creating unique personalised gifts. That said, using your own desktop 3D printer to create something worthy of giving a loved one is still a bit of a challenge. When you’re looking for a smooth ‘injection molded like’ finish for your prints, you either need a polishing machine or print with ABS and fool around with acetone to smoothen your 3D prints. If you are looking for an extremely high resolution 3D print or a specialty material, most of the time it’s best to turn to a 3D printing service. But there’s also the option to purchase your 3D printed gifts online. So we thought it was about time to make a list of the best 3D printed gifts you can buy online.
The astonishing piece of lighting below is called ‘fresnel light’ after the famous lens developed by French physicist Augustin-Jean Fresnel. It’s 3D printed with a robotic-arm 3D printer and as a material.. you won’t believe it: recycled CD’s!
Credits: Gilian Schröfer, Courtesy: Concern
Former MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis has been off the radar for a while, but he is back. His new company Bre & Co. specialises in luxury gifts all made using innovative technologies such as 3D printing as well as more traditional crafting techniques.
Bre & Co.’s Origami line consists of various objects and designs based on the famous Japanese art of folding. Our favourite is the Origami Sake Set. It’s 3D printed with a ceramic 3D printer called Lutum.
V-Moda announced a new “Forza” line of headphones this week. Their earbuds can be bought with 3D-printed lion heads made from solid gold.
This industrial-looking 3D printed Pendant Lamp is called ILSE. It’s designed by Amsterdam-based CRE8. The simple but ingenious eyelet design allows you to easily change at what height you hang the bulb.
Etsy is always a good starting point when you’re searching for an original gift. How about this ‘Low Poly Flower Pot’. Okay fair enough, you could print this one at home. I wonder if it’s waterproof though..