Embracing 2024 with 3D Printing Innovations


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This week, we’ve been discussing a lot of predictions for the 3D printing industry for the upcoming year, along with the top 10 most important 3D printing tales from 2023. However, we need to celebrate the end of 2023 properly on New Year’s Eve before we move to 2024! I’ve got you covered with a selection of my top festive prints. Whether you’re off to a big party all dressed up, or planning to stay home comfortably in your PJs, 3D printing can help make your night even more fun.

Christmas 2024

This print, created by MyMiniFactory user ALEXIOS, is technically a Christmas ornament, but since it mentions “2024,” it’s suitable for New Year’s Eve too. This wreath appears to be quite simple to print and doesn’t need any supports. It can be displayed anywhere you like, not only on the Christmas tree!

Year of the Dragon 2024 New Year Coin

It’s the Year of the Dragon! Despite the Chinese New Year, a celebration of the start of the new year in the lunar calendar, not starting until February 10th, we can commence our festivities early with this 3D printed dragon coin by Thingiverse user two_d_man. The coin, produced in PLA, features a 0.2 mm resolution and 15% infill, and doesn’t necessitate the use of rafts or supports. It’s recommended to adjust the slicer in order to alter the color for the central layer.

“It’s recommended to apply color changes for the sides bearing the dragon’s head and tail. The Gcode for PRUSA is included.”

Chinese New Year Dragon Incense Holder

On the subject of the Year of the Dragon-inspired prints, MyMiniFactory user eduardocaiokrainski has shared this Community Print portraying an incense holder that doubles as a dragon! The piece, printed on a Creality Ender 3 with eSUN PLA+, calls for “plenty of supports.”

Holiday Glasses 2024 New Year

Want to be the best-dressed person at your New Year’s Eve bash? You’ll need these 3D printed glasses—complete with 2024 on top of the frames—by Cults3D user MsBanDini. The model measures 147 x 101 x 55.7 mm, but the size is completely customizable. It does need supports, but is otherwise quick and easy to print.

“This 3d model will brighten up your New Year’s Eve 2024 party! Enjoy with your friends and family!”

2024 Headband

If you don’t favor the idea of donning glasses, there’s also the option of this attractive 3D printed 2024 headband created by Cults3D user AshandRose. Made from PLA at 210°, this item doesn’t necessitate supports, with the suggested settings being:

  • 15% infill
  • 50 speed
  • 3 wall count

New Year 2024 earrings

DanTech, a user on Thingiverse, shared this charming four-pack of 3D printable 2024 earrings that can enhance any attire. My personal favourite is the purple set with block numbers, identified as type_4 in the STL files segment.

Chinese New Year Lamp Cookie Cutter

We’re back to the Chinese New Year with this print by Pinshape user OogiMe, who caters to baking enthusiasts and home cooking aficionados. It’s not a party without some tasty treats, and this 3D printed cookie cutter, shaped like a traditional Chinese lantern, will help make your dessert offering extra special. For a little variety this New Year’s Eve, you could also print OogiMe’s Chinese dragon cookie cutters. No matter which ones you choose, make sure to use a food-safe filament.

“Estimated Print Time ~ 01:06 Filament ~ 22 gr *(standard resolution, layer height 0.3mm)”

Happy New Year 2024 Cake Topper

You will need a food-safe filament for this final model: a celebratory NYE cake topper created by Thingiverse user Kalbo64. This was printed with gold PLA on a Creality Ender 5, with 20% infill required. Kalbo64 has created a YouTube video to show how to use a free conversion website, along with Tinkercad, to transform a 2D image into a 3D image for printing. This method was used to produce a cake topper that his wife requested for a party they will be going to. After slicing the model in Cura, he stated that the print only took approximately an hour to complete.

“I am still relatively new to this so there are likely more efficient methods out there. I just found a fairly easy way to convert an image and that’s it”, he reflected at the end of his video.

As a reminder, please ensure you drive safely over the festive period. A very Happy New Year’s Eve to all and, of course, happy 3D printing!

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