It’s that time again – time for us to upgrade your weekend by putting together a range of fun vacation prints for you to make and enjoy! I know 3D printing has many important uses in industries like medicine, automotive, and aerospace, but like I said, it’s also a great technology that can be used for some serious fun. So let’s get started!
Unfortunately, I was a little late this year, and I apologize for that as I completely missed the start of Passover. Although it doesn’t end until this Sunday, April 4th, the traditional seder meals are likely ready now. Although I missed most of Passover, below is a 3D printed plaque or omer count table by Thingiverse user gheva that counts down the days from Passover to Shavuot, known as the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost.
“During the seven weeks between Passover and the Shavuot holiday, the Jews count every day. This count is called ספירת העומר or Omer Graf, ”wrote Gheva.
“This plaque is used to keep track of the current day of the Omer count.”
By stopping the pressure and replacing the filament, the table was printed in multiple colors with no rafts or supports with a resolution of 0.15. The OpenSCAD file is attached so users can change the design if they want.
This year, the Islamic festival of Ramadan starts on Monday evening April 12th and you can celebrate in style with this beautiful Saix / Isa brooch from Thingiverse user Laneyluck, which is made up of three parts. Modeled in Tinkercad, the circle is 50mm wide and the piece was 3D printed on a Taz 6 with a 0.4 nozzle.
makkacom on Thingiverse shared this Fanoos Ramadan 3D keychain, and these Hilal keychains from MyMiniFactory user MakePrintable are available in nine different styles by Hilal, an Arabic term meaning “crescent moon” and made 100% with rafts or props 3D printed. Another MyMiniFactory user, Edafa3D, created this Ramadan Karem 2D wall art which is also printed without the use of supports.
Cults 3D user FAB619 posted this RAMADAN KAREEM 3D CALLIGRAPHY – CRESCENT MOON that would look great on a side table or right in the center of your dining table if you wanted. I also liked this Arabic lamp from MyMiniFactory user Mohsin Khan that uses IKEA MOGNAD LED candles and has a replaceable screen so you can change the color of the light coming from the lantern. The lamp is printed in three parts with no brackets, although it does warn you to print everything slowly for better quality.
This final Ramadan print, Fanos Ramadan Lantern, is my favorite as MyMiniFactory user Edafa3D says it comes in “various shapes and designs that you can print at home,” and you can write names on it too, If you want. This contains 20 STL files, so apparently you can easily mix and match them to your heart’s content.
Let’s go for Easter, and what would Easter be without an abundance of 3D printed Easter eggs? From glow eggs, black eggs and multi-colored Easter eggs to prickly eggs, spiral eggs and even a Bobbling Easter Egg Cat Toy, there is a wide variety.
My personal favorite is the Easter Egg Gentleman from Cults 3D user GABRIELYUN – see how chic he is! Printed from PLA in the Cubicon style, this print consists of a range of costumes that you can use to embellish your Easter eggs. Pack 1 contains an STL file for a 3D printable egg, while Pack 2 contains the hat, shoes, stick, mustache, eyes and eyebrows that you can use to decorate a real egg. These prints require supports and were finished with a 10% fill, 1.2 mm walls and a layer resolution of 0.2 mm.
On holidays like Easter and Thanksgiving, I always feel bad for young children because they don’t really have much to do while all the adults are cooking the food. So if you want to keep your child occupied with grandma and grandpa for a few hours while you slave in the kitchen, why not 3D print a puzzle for them? This puzzling bunny from MyMiniFactory user voidbubble looks pretty tricky as the goal is to take it apart first and then put it back together again. But that’s easier said than done – this is a ridge puzzle, and some pieces need to be removed and placed in a very specific order.
“To take the puzzle apart, the player needs to identify a specific piece that can be easily moved to reveal other pieces. Then, when putting the puzzle together, this particular piece must first be placed slightly away from its final position. The player will slide this piece into place once all the other pieces have been placed, locking the entire structure in place. “
If they have no puzzles, you can of course send the kids on an Easter egg hunt, and what better price than these surprise eggs from MyMiniFactory user onemorefab with fun things hidden in them! If all else fails, send the Transformers … or at least this Egg Transformer Robot that Thingiverse user CraftyRobot printed at 15% fill with no rafts or supports.
“An egg that turns into a cute robot. It has hole details on the feet so it stands on top of LEGO Duplo blocks in a robot shape. It’s 60mm long and about the size of a hen’s egg. “
If Easter isn’t complete without fun decorations, you can print out this Easter basket from Thingiverse user JinglesDif, color it in with a sharpie and fill it with more 3D printed eggs as the centerpiece. You can also put some lilies in this 3D printed Easter bunny vase from Cults 3D user THOMLLAMA and place them next to this easy-to-print cross from Thingiverse user scribe1301 (assembly required).
No matter what you’re celebrating, we hope you have a great weekend!