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Gift-giving can be a bit of an anxiety-inducing exercise, but with 3D printing on your side, it really doesn’t have to be. For Father’s Day, make sure you get Dad something made from the comfort of your own 3D printer. Tom and Tracy Hazzard take a look at some popular printable gift designs from all over the internet. Some are functional, and some are decorative, but you can guarantee that all of them will bring a smile to Dad’s face.
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Fathers Day 3D Prints – Not Just a Tie!
It is Design Inspiration Friday and we have to get ready for Father’s Day because it is just a week away, so we are going through some Fathers Day 3D prints that can inspire you to 3D print a gift for dad. Let’s talk about recommendations for 3D printable ideas for our listeners. I would tell you my favorites and those that I would consider buying and you can tell me whether you would buy it or not or if you would have liked it.
The first Fathers Day 3D prints gift pick was also on our list for Mother’s Day. It is a lithobox picture cube. It has pictures of the kids with a light shining through it. We had something similar for Mother’s Day you would put a votive in it. I love the personalization of having pictures of your kids. It is a really great use of 3D printing.
The fact that you can 3D print something so photorealistic because it is abstracted but it really plays with the light coming through and shading it. It is a very good artistic representation using 3D printing. I really like this one. It is a great inspiration. You can do it yourself in a smaller size and in a different shape. This is offered at Etsy. But you can’t probably get it done before Father’s Day right now. So it is a bit late. However it is worth mentioning.
My next favorite is a cookie cutter that’s in a saw shape. There is a whole bunch of different shapes like a wrench or a hammer. You can do a whole cookie theme. I like the idea of that. So like tool shaped cookie cutters? Bake dad some cookies and do some cookie cutter shapes that he would like. This is an inspiration for your own fathers day 3D prints. We are suggesting not to download these and make them for dad but make a cookie cutters in shape of whatever he is interested in. Bake him something. This is a really accessible gift that kids could give their dads. The cookie cutters are really good projects for 3D printing and it is not difficult. That is something you could definitely accomplish and do it through a Tinkercad or 123D. You could do any of those. They are fathers day 3D prints that are easily able to be accomplished.
The sound wave is my other favorite which we also did for Mother’s Day. I totally loved that. You could use whatever message that would appeal to your husband or your father. I think that’s really cool.
I think giving your dad is cliché. But I like the 3D Shook tie hanger because it is funny. I could see this as the totally cliché gift. Giving him a tie and a tie hanger. I think that is fun, funny and interesting. The tie hanger is very cute if your dad is into a lot if ties. You can give him a tie hanger instead of a tie. The funny thing about this tie hanger, is that it is in a shape of a tie and it can hold a lot if ties. Which is always a problem if you have a lot of ties. All in all it is a funny gift and it is a twist in giving your dad a tie. I think this one is pretty good.
There is this other 3D Shook one which is like carrying case for nuts and screws. I don’t like the design of this one because you need to take a lid off of it and you could loose a screw. I just think that it is not a good design. But I love the idea of fathers day 3D prints that could custom hold whatever it is that your dad is into. It is neat idea. It could be useful accessories for a tool belt or just a belt as you do things around the house. The thing that really frustrates me whenever we move into a new place which we have done a few times and it is my job to hang the artwork and photos all over the house and we have a lot so trying to keep all those little wall hooks and nails organized and carry them around. It would be great to have something that is easily accessible opposed to holding all these things in your hand. 3D printing that makes a lot of sense.
Along this kind of them we have a peg board wizard on Pinshape. I love the idea of that because they are customized for the different shapes of tools. But as always I think you can take it one step further. I think you should clean up your dad’s tool shop. Organize the whole for him. Make them, organize them, and get them going. Do it one step further just like the cookie cutters. I would like to have tool rack reorganized. I do it once a year because it gets disorganized. I would love to have it done for me. You should do stuff like that for your dad.
There are other things like this whole theme of cufflinks and fishing. I don’t think there are many dads that still uses cufflinks but maybe there is a grandfather that does. That is a cool idea, fathers day 3D prints can include your grandpa too! What I actually did like is the idea of doing a golf ball marker. It is a fun thing to do if you have a golfing granddad or a
golfing papa. One of the first things that I 3D printed for my step-father were a customized golf mark tool that is used on the green to mark where you have to pick up your ball and put his initials on it and a divot repair tool with his initials on it. Those were some easy projects to do and you could something like that as a last minute fathers day 3D prints. They are not that difficult and just negatively bluing out the initials in that. If you have the ability to do a second color that works really well too, for the initials.We also did color stays as well, in the past as fathers day 3D prints.
There are a couple of other ones. There is a coaster where you would use bottle caps and it’s a framework where you pop the bottle caps. I think it’s clever. I think the ideas of using things that your dads like whether he loves wine or he loves beer whatever it is, I think it’s a really fun thing. I always think that coaster holders sometimes, I know your dad is collecting coasters from various bars around the world and have holder for them or something would be cool. You know thinking a little bit creatively about what your dad collects and help him create a support system for it.
I don’t know if Tom realized that I slipped in the Cults 3D item that was in here. It is a deflated football coaster. He thinks it’s not funny. I’m sure he wanted to take that one out but I left it in. It’s one with the orange juice and you got the deflated football coaster. That’s not funny at all. But I think the idea of doing something unusually shaped for that kind of item is fun. You can do something else. I even thought of sending it to your dad. He would be extremely mad. I was not really thrilled.
I know you did not like the knife block dad with the knives coming through him. It is like a voodoo doll of dad. To stick pins in him. The character was cute looking but I did not like it. It was a creative design though. But for me having a knife rack like that one is just like stabbing dad.
You know I love fishing and that is one of my favorite things to do with my grandfather. The mini reel, lure box, and other stuff like that is interesting and fun if that’s what your dad is interested in. I think it makes a lot of sense. There are a lot of things that you could do with 3D printing. It is fun to organize small things or otherwise things that could create a big mess. It is hard to look for it if you just stuck them in a drawer. So any kinds of organizers make a lot of sense.
The one thing that I absolutely like, although not from the design perspective but from the functionality perspective is the 3DShook handy hand because that is a problem that a lot of dads have, so it’s a cute fathers day 3D prints. Trying to hold a small nail and hit it with a hammer without hitting your finger. It holds a nail for you and they made it in a funny shape of a hand that is in a sort of okay symbol. It is a little cliché but in think as an object and as a tool to make for dad to be useful, I can see that as being very useful.
While a lot of these things are cute ideas there is just not enough that grabs my attention. That makes you say that it is the coolest 3D printed thing and I have to get that Fathers Day 3D prints for my dad. It is not just in that caliber. It is really hard to find great things out there but your dad has interests. So sit back and think about your dads’ interest are. If your dad is a Star Wars fan maybe you could get him the R2D2 planter, hopefully he is a gardener too. If he is into gaming, you could make him a new X-Box Controller face plate. You could make it cooler than the ones printed here. That is an ambitious Fathers Day 3D prints project. You are talking about making a controller cover that fits an actual controller. You have to really start with something that would work.
Final Thoughts on Fathers Day 3D Prints
Not all of these Fathers Day 3D prints projects can be done in a week’s time. But you just need to think about what your dad would love best. You know where he spends his time. You know what he spends time doing. You know what his interests are. Think harder about that and make it more personal, that’s the real point of it. If 3D printing can even make it more personal, that’s great. That should be the point here. These are not suggestions to go to just download one of these and print one for dad, but you could. I think it is great inspiration for thinking about what your dad’s interests are and what you could make in relatively short order. That would be something unique. It could either be humorous or memorable that your dad would really appreciate.
Some of those ones like the lithobox we started with in the beginning. The whole idea of memorializing the year that’s been. This is a year and the kids were at this age. You want to remember that at that moment in time. That is a really cool idea as well. These are good inspiration. There are a lot of choices to go through this time compared to the past event days. I hope my testament last year about not having anything good to print for dad made everybody think a little harder about it and pull out some stuff. There are some cute choices to choose from this year.
Add some comments and feel free to submit photos of other ideas that you may have found or things that you may have done and printed your dad. We would love to see more. If you need to wait until after Father’s Day to send us pictures we will wait a week if you don’t want to ruin the surprise in case he is a follower as well.
I really hope that the day after Father’s Day Tom will be raving about what he got on Father’s Day. My goal is to always show my appreciation for him and our girls to show their appreciation for Tom as a great dad with the idea that we put some time and thought. By giving him something that would mean something to him. Have a great Father’s Day with the dads in your life!
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