With Valentine’s Day coming up, gift shopping is in full swing. It can be hard to find the perfect thing to express your feelings, and maybe aren’t sure what to buy.
Well 3D printing is here to help! There are some amazing resources online for making the perfect custom gift for your loved one, and you don't even need to own a printer! Check out these 5 options below.
Get an awesome custom necklace or keychain for your partner. All you need to do is enter the letters that are most important to them, and Mymo will generate you a view of your custom piece that you can order directly from them in 14K gold, sterling silver or stainless steel! The coolest thing, they use metal 3D printing to make all of the necklaces.
Prices start at $75
2. Cookie Caster
Have a baking fanatic in your life? This is the perfect gift for them! Cookie Caster lets you create cookie cutters of any shape you like. You have the option of freehand drawing your cookie cutter or importing an image and tracing it. Your imagination is the limit for the generator. Then, if you have your own 3D printer, you can just download the file and print or you can upload the file to a site like Shapeways who will print it for you. After you have the cookie cutter created, maybe even add a special touch by giving it with a batch of cookies you made with the new cookie cutter(s)!
3. Variable Word Sculpture
Write out a short message or meaningful word to give to your loved one to keep on their desk forever. This generator created by Roebi on Thingiverse, a website for hosting 3D files for free download. It lets you create the file with the word of your choice and download it for printing yourself or through a printing service.
4. Mineways: Minecraft Model Creator
For the gamer in your life, turn their favorite Minecraft masterpieces into 3D printable models! Their Minecraft sculptures no long have to exist solely in the digital realm. By simply selecting the area of your Minecraft world you want 3D printed, the program transforms this area in to a 3D printable file. From there you can either print it yourself or through an external 3D printing service like Shapeways or Sculpteo.
Turn meaningful numbers and dates into a custom ring with Ciphering. They describe themselves as creating personalized generative jewelry. They let you create your custom ring in everything from sterling silver to platinum and in the thickness and size you need. It is made by 3D printing a wax form which is then filled with the metal of your choice. Whether it is the date of your anniversary or your loved ones lucky number, make this Valentines a day to remember.
There are lots more places just like these as well! Go exploring this Valentines Day and don’t settle for any old gift off the shelf. Let technology do the heavy lifting to make a gift to remember.
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