Struggling for a last-minute Mother’s Day gift? Thinking of 3D Printing one? Tom and Tracy Hazzard point you in the right direction to find some good downloadable files to 3D Print. Plus, Tracy (mother of three girls) gives her take on what would impress a mom. She shares some ideas that you can 3D print yourself to create that ideal mom gift. Check out some of the resources mentioned here, including their blog on our Best 3D Print Design Picks, Yeggi, and Cults3D.
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Best Mother’s Day 3D Print Gift Ideas
This is the Ask Us Anything segment.
This is where you ask us questions and we give you our best answers or we try to go out there and find the answers for you. In this case, what should I print my wife for Mother’s Day?
I’m not going to claim to know the answer to this one. I have a couple of thoughts on it that I’ll share.
I want to hear those. Mother’s Day hasn’t happened yet so I want to hear those. What are your thoughts on that?
My thoughts are if you have a 3D printer and you spent a lot of money on it, thinking about what the woman in your life would be impressed with if you made it on a 3D printer is a good thing. You don’t want them thinking, “You wouldn’t buy that for me but you spent how much on that 3D printer?”
“You’ve spent how many hours in the garage?”
It does suck a lot of time to get up to speed and get working with it.
We’re lucky because we work for each other here.
We work together and we’re married.
If you’re not printing, then you’re not doing your job.
In our case, we were deeply involved in the decision to get into 3D printing in the first place.
It works for us. However, my three kids are not happy with the 3D printer running all the time and them not getting what they want out of it. I could totally see that. Here’s the thing. There are a lot of designs out there, Thingiverse or go to Yeggi.com. It’s an aggregator.
Also, a search engine for 3D models.
The Google images for 3D models. It’s a great place. Think about what your wife likes the most or your mom if you’re printing for your mom. Think about what she wants the most. What kinds of things interest her? Is she into fashion? Is she a sports mom? Maybe you can print something in your school colors or whatever that is.
Sometimes your significant other, your wife or your spouse would appreciate something that you do for your kids too. It could be a trophy for a sports thing.
I’m not so sure. You should get her something personal. Hopefully get her some flowers on Mother’s Day, maybe a vase. Keep in mind that probably most of the way you print are not going to be too watertight but maybe something you could slip a glass vase inside of and it’s the outer covering. You could customize it to make it pretty and put it in her favorite color. Hopefully, there’s a filament out there that’s her favorite color. Probably not so much in my case.
That’s a whole other story for another podcast.
Try things like that. There are some things out there. There are napkin rings out there. There are some cool napkin rings. You could buy her some nice napkins at Target or Pier 1 or any of those kinds of places. Put some custom napkin rings on with all the family’s initials in them or something like that. That would be fun and nice. There are a lot of little things out there like that. The number one thing that interests me the most is the idea of having your kids make her something on the machine. If it’s Mother’s Day, she has some kids somewhere. That would be interesting. I was thinking about trying this with Lannea, our daughter.
There are some apps that are pretty easy to use, where they can start to create their own geometry and our daughter always sees us printing things on there. She’s like, “Daddy, I want you to make me this.” “I’d like to try making something at some point.” To the extent that we can teach her to 3D model. That’s going to be great.
It’d be wonderful for her to be able to model and learn the process. Some of these also work where you take a picture and you create a three-dimensional version of whatever you’ve taken the picture of. There are some great ways to take their artwork and turn it into something or have them turn it into something. You get a lot of little tchotchkes and things as a mom. I have an entire collection of ceramics painted by two daughters so far. They are the things that I love the most. Anything that you make is probably the best Mother’s Day gifts around.
The photograph thing, maybe if you have a young child, you could have a photograph of their hand or their foot. It’s like how people are always doing prints of their foot. What about a little model of the foot or hand?
You can scan and reverse it.
Some of it may require some scanning equipment that you don’t have, but there are service bureaus or makerspaces that have them. There are some websites and some apps that will convert 2D photos into 3D. That’s a great idea.
The other thing is you probably should plan a little farther ahead for the next Mother’s Day.
It may take you from this Mother’s Day until next Mother’s Day to achieve something impressive or something you’re happy with giving. That’s okay. Start early now.
It’s the thought that counts. If you have a question about things like this, maybe for Father’s Day, if you’re thinking about that, there’s an easy way to get in touch with us.
You can go to our website HazzDesign.com.
You can reach us pretty much anywhere on social media @HazzDesign.
Thank you very much. We hope we gave you a couple of pointers in the right direction there for Mother’s Day or maybe some other gift opportunity you might have coming up.
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