Exploring a Christmas Wonderland with 3D Printing Technology


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It’s just about time to celebrate Christmas, so cue Holly Gennaro-McClane from my most cherished Christmas film, Die Hard. I believe convincedly that it is a Christmas movie! In her words, “Families, stockings…Chestnuts? Rudolph and Frosty? Any of these things ring a bell?” Let’s add 3D printing to the festive array. If you are keen, proceed to the subsequent interesting, annual compilation of Christmas prints that you can create at home during this festive season!

Wrapping Paper Cutter

Christmas signifies gifts below the tree. I usually opt for putting items in gift bags, but many people enjoy wrapping gifts for their dear ones. If I were skilled in wrapping, I’d probably also prefer it. Some of my most cherished holiday memories include my young nieces excitedly tearing the paper off their presents. Make gift wrapping simpler with this paper cutter designed by Thingiverse user Baskut. Printed on a Wanhao Duplicator 12 with no supports, this cutter promises to deliver “a better cutting performance” with two scalpel blades.

Desktop Christmas Tree

Christmas gifts are typically placed under Christmas trees. Although there are numerous 3D printed trees available, many aren’t of the ideal height to conceal presents. I discovered one on the website Pinshape and it’s credited to the STEMFIE Project. This project offers freely available, open-source 3D print compatible construction set toys. The assembly guideline for this mini artificial tree, which consists of 86 distinct 3D printed components, is accessible on the STEMFIE website.

“This STEMFIE initiative crafts a diminutive Christmas tree that can be put together in less than 15 minutes. Furthermore, colored STEMFIE fasteners are used for decorating.”

Jumpy Tree

Imagine how thrilling your Christmas celebrations would be if your tree could jump, like this creation by Thingiverse user Tomo_designs! This fun little tree prints out in two sections, requires no supporting structures, and easily snaps together. Giving this tree a nudge sends it bouncing back up on its springy limbs, adding a touch of wonder and natural enchantment to your leisure time.

“Cool filament? You can buy it Basics PLA Green, Matt Latte Brown White.”

Christmas Tree Ornament Rotatable

MyMiniFactory user Courier Creative shared this tree, with five layers that can be rotated independently of the others. Featuring a star on top that can be used to hang it from your actual tree as an ornament, this rotatable tree was printed in just 90 minutes out of PLA with 0% infill, 0.15 mm resolution, and no supports.

“Ornament designed to celebrate the holidays and also the functionality of 3D printing. The model takes advantage of print in place. Which means that the assembly can be used directly off of the printer without need for further assembly.”

Christmas Flat word Ornaments Decorations

Speaking of ornaments, Pinshape user Nick Brandt designed a set of six simple, flat ornaments that can be hung on your tree. Each one is about 4″ in diameter, and has a different word in the middle: Peace, Merry, Faith, Believe, Joyful, and Noel.

“Make sure the bed is level, and first layers is good to go, otherwise happy printing.”

Christmas Ball – Medium Diamond Lattice

I find this decoration created by the user dazus on Thingiverse absolutely captivating. It was 3D printed on a Prusa I3 MK3S without the need for rafts or supports, using Quantum PLA filament from MatterHackers. Although there are several versions of this light ball, dazus’s recommendation is to print the two-piece version for the smoothest result. The model only requires some infill layers in a few parts that start to print unsupported, approximately 25-30%.

“I initially created this item as a mini decoration. At original scale (1X), it looks pretty good, equivalent to the size of a golf ball. However, it looks even better when scaled up to 1.5X, becoming the standard Christmas ball size. I reckon most people will opt for the 1.5X scaling, which is what I based the time estimate on.”

“I’ve included my PrusaSlicer 3MF files and MK3S+ GCODE for both 1X and 1.5X scales of the two-piece print. The single-piece ball file is primarily for those who wish to modify the cutting point or desire to use a tri-color filament for single-piece printing.”

Snowflake Tea Light Holder

For those in search of quick and simple prints that add a special Christmas ambiance to your home, these 3D printed tea light holders in the shape of snowflakes, designed by Endk7 on Thingiverse, couldn’t be more perfect! There are three unique designs available, which you can personalize by printing in your preferred festive shades.

Stencils for painting glass with snow

The outside of your home can be just as festive as the inside with these 3D printed stencils by Cults3D user Soy Manitas! These Christmas stencils are designed to help you “embellish your windows with snow sprays.” There are several designs, including Santa’s sleigh being pulled by some reindeer, a snowflake, Santa Claus himself, and more.

“Transform your windows into a magical winter landscape with ease and style!”

Print In Place Flexi Grinch

Despite the festivities, it’s no Yuletide without the Grinch, complete with his heart that expands by three sizes. A delightful “super easy print” by Cults3D’s user Mighty Makers doesn’t require a 39 and a half foot pole! The print-in-place design demands no supports, makes do with a 20% infill “for precautionary measures,” and is best printed with PLA filament. Would you mind handing me the arsenic sauce, since I’m asking?

Greetings to all!🎉 A warm welcome to Mighty Makers! 🌟 I feel ecstatic to unveil the first design on Cults3D, and the kicker? It’s all yours at no cost until Christmas! 🎄🎁 Introducing two versions of the Flexi Grinch – the regular one and another ready for Christmas. 🎅🏻🎄

SANTA CLAUS / PAPA NOEL’S BEARD

To wrap it up, if you’re in the mood for some Christmassy cosplay, Cults3D’s user Hypermik3D can help you out with this 3D-printed Santa beard! The straightforward model is a breeze to print, making use of a 0.4 nozzle, 0.28 layer height, 10% gyroid infill, and two wall lines. If customising the beard to fit your face is your plan, a hairdryer can do the trick.

Happy holidays, and as always, happy 3D printing!

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