Merry Christmas! Looking back at 2013, we have to conclude it was a great year for 3D printing. We’ve seen many interesting 3D printing start-ups as well as big, growing companies, in a wide variety of working fields. It appears that in almost every imaginable field some-one is doing something with 3D printing. So also in the Christmas field. Right now we print a way into Christmas 2013 and introduce you to some great 3D printing tutorials for Christmas.
As you probably know, websites such as Shapeways and Thingiverse are useful for the DIY-3D printing-community. For instance, if you would like to create some nice ornaments to hang on your Christmas tree. On Shapeways people can buy (or sell) their own 3D printed ornaments, but if you’re really into creating your own decoration for the Christmas days, you should definitely check out what people have been doing at Thingiverse. Most of you will probably expect a lot of futuristic decorations, but what we in fact found out is that for every taste there is a 3D printed ornament. Below you can see a couple of the most striking open-source 3D printing ideas for Christmas.
Ok, this first one is a little futuristic, because of the angular shapes, but these Christmas balls also add some more classic elements to the game. Because of their white color they will perfectly fit in almost every Christmas tree. We’ve found this open-source tutorial, which is made by Nick Foley, on this page.
And what do you think about this classic one? It’s hardly distinguishable from a non-3D printed Christmas ball, right? This transparent Christmas ball is a creation by Orville Chromer and you can download the file here yourself.
But there is so much more to make. Below you can see a video of a Christmas light made by Bill Griffith. All of these examples show that you don’t have to be a genius to create your own 3D printed ornaments. It also shows that we all don’t have to depend on companies selling us Christmas ornaments, because we can simply use our own taste to create every little decoration item ourself. We wish you a pleasant Christmas!