Tis the season to bring you the best of holiday 3D prints for Christmas and Hanukkah. There are so many great designs out there to download and print that will bring some holiday cheer to your home or to gift to others. These holiday prints are sure to delight and we are so impressed with this batch of 3D prints for our monthly 3D design and inspiration posts.
Best of Holiday 3D Prints for Christmas and Hanukkah
It’s time to deck the halls with these holiday 3D prints for Christmas. For those that celebrate Christmas, the tree is probably the most iconic part to decorate, at least in my house it is. As a 3D printer or maker, you absolutely have to have a few 3D printed ornaments trimming your tree. Let these picks inspire to you click “download and print” or to create and design your own. The first set of ornaments from Joy Stember Metal Arts Studio, who Tom and Tracy saw in Grand Central Station on a recent trip to New York for Thanksgiving. While these 3D printed ornaments are beautiful, you have to keep scrolling to see her Hanukkah 3D prints below and check out her website.
The Marshmallow Smores Ornament requires a little assembly and painting to get the graham cracker part to look realistic, but it’s still a great design and would be a fun kids project to put together and paint the face on or design the cookie finish just right. If you are looking for a truly unique holiday 3D print ornament, scan yourself into ornament form like Jason Ferguson did. I don’t see many people downloading the scanned portion of this random guy to put on their tree, but I can see adding in your own “selfie” to be surrounded by a Christmas village in an upside down tree ornament – wait, what? Definitely original and a fun idea to expand upon, or as the folks at Thingivere puts it “to remix.”
There are so many holiday 3D prints for this time of year that it was pretty hard to narrow down the best to just a few favorites. Compared to not really finding anything for Thanksgiving, I wonder if there are more holiday 3D prints because Christmas is more of a favorite holiday or because most side-job or hobbyist 3D print designers have more time on their hands due to taking a few vacation days this time of year? Perhaps this is an area the 3D print market can hone in on to make 3D prints that consumers really want, need, and can’t find anywhere else. Just a thought.
I absolutely love the use of 3D printing to create models that are meant to be combined with lights, and holiday 3D prints for Christmas decoration is a perfect use for that. Pop these on your tree’s light system or put a flame less LED tea light candle in this snow flake patterned holder.
As far as general holiday decor, there are quite a few holiday 3D prints to pick from when it comes to stocking hangers, 3D printed gift tags, advent calendars, and other so-called necessities when it comes to celebrating Christmas and Santa coming to town.
As far as something to wear this holiday season, I felt some of the designs were a little too tacky but would probably be good for an ugly Christmas sweater party or something along those lines. I’m kind of tired of all the junk and lame 3D prints so those sweater-party-perfect 3D prints didn’t make the cut this time around. These are the two best holiday 3D prints I could actually see myself or someone else wearing in a non-joking manner.
Rounding out our holiday 3D prints for Christmas are a few more decor pieces for your holiday mantle and even two 3D printed stocking stuffers for older and younger kids alike.
Moving into holiday 3D prints for Hanukkah, I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t anything of real quality design. Sure there were about a hundred dreidels, and a few menorahs here and there, but there was hardly anything I wanted to reshare here. Tom and Tracy spotted Joy Stember Metal Arts Studio in Grand Central Station and took these pictures of her designs celebrating the Jewish holiday in a professional and beautiful way – none of the cheap (read: ugly) stuff you’ll see in the free file depository sites. Not all of the freebie files are terrible, but it is definitely slim pickings.
Craig Kaplan, designer of the Yarmulke One kippah above, has an in-depth blog describing his design process and feedback from working with Shapeways. He brings up an interesting point, something that we will have to explore further on our podcast, about 3D print bulk orders of certain product designs. His posting is a great example of how this modern technology led him to learn more about a very traditional object, and I think would be a great basis for a classroom project for students to take something from history that they have researched and studied about, then to design or redesign said item in CAD, and use a 3D printer to bring it to life.
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