Welcoming 2024 with 3D Printed Innovations


We’ve been discussing loads of projections for the 3D printing sector for the coming year, in addition to the ten most influential 3D printing narratives of 2023. However, before we leap into 2024, it’s crucial to commemorate 2023 on New Year’s Eve! Luckily, I’ve created a list of some of my top holiday prints. Whether you’re attending a grand celebration or lounging at home in your comfy clothes, 3D printing can enhance your celebration.

Christmas 2024

A MyMiniFactory user named ALEXIOS made this print, which is essentially a Christmas adornment. Nonetheless, since it indicates “2024,” I think it can also be appreciated on New Year’s Eve. This wreath appears to be a relatively straightforward print, with no supports needed. You can display it wherever you wish—it’s not limited to the Christmas tree!

Year of the Dragon 2024 New Year Coin

It’s the Year of the Dragon! Even though the Chinese New Year doesn’t start until February 10th, a celebration can kick off earlier with this 3D printed dragon coin brought to us by Thingiverse user two_d_man. This coin made with PLA material is printed with a resolution of 0.2 mm and a 15% infill, with no need for supports or rafts. It’s suggested to set the slicer to change color for the middle layer.

“Use different colors for the head and tail side when printing. Included is PRUSA Gcode.”

Chinese New Year Dragon Incense Holder

In alignment with the Year of the Dragon, MyMiniFactory user eduardocaiokrainski presents this community print of an incense holder that takes on a dragon form! This creation is printed using a Creality Ender 3 and eSun PLA+ material. It does call for “loads 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 are not a fan of eyewear, you may take into consideration utilizing this charming 3D printed 2024 headband by Cults3D user AshandRose. Crafted out of PLA at 210°, it obviates the need for supports, with suggested settings being:

  • Infill of 15%
  • Speed set at 50
  • Wall count of 3

New Year 2024 earrings

These endearing four-pack of 3D printable 2024 earrings have been shared by Thingiverse user DanTech, which are perfect to go with any ensemble. My personal favorite is the set that comes in the color purple with block digits, detailed as type_4 in the STL file section.

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’ll also need food-safe filament for this last model: a festive NYE cake topper by Thingiverse user Kalbo64. Printed out of gold PLA on a Creality Ender 5, it requires 20% infill. Kalbo64 also made a YouTube video that teaches you how to use a free conversion website, and Tinkercad, to convert a 2D image into a 3D image for printing, like he did with this cake topper that his wife wanted for a party they’ll be attending. Once he sliced the model in Cura, he said it only took about an hour to print.

“I’m fairly new to this, so no doubt there’s better ways of doing things. I just found a fairly simple way of converting an image, and that’s it,” he said at the end of the video.

Please remember to drive safely this holiday weekend. Happy New Year’s Eve, and as always, happy 3D printing!

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