Geek Culture

Published on February 17th, 2016 | by Molly Virello

Getting Nerdy this Winter Season: 3D Printing Your Favorite Fandoms

If you’re a nerd like me, and let’s face it…you must be if you’re here, you are in love with the 3D printer. It carries so much awesome present potential, holiday happiness, winter wonder.

I wanted to share with you some winter-themed applications; namely making ornaments, snowflakes, cookie cutters and other festive objects. The snowflakes and ornaments make fantastic decorations around the house, the office, or the library. And they are not for any specific holiday, apart from the winter-theme. They are simply all-inclusive and fun. They brighten up any space they’re in, and are an easy way to decorate while still showing your geeky pride. Especially when you find awesome objects like Star Wars themed snowflakes and baubles!

Thermal Detonator ornament: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:185165

Star Wars Snowflakes: www.thingiverse.com/thing:1034193

Rebel Alliance or Galactic Empire Ornament: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:595515

BB-8 Keychain: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1238179

And hey, maybe Star Wars isn’t your fandom of choice—which is fine! There are tons of options, but here are some of my favorites.

Space Invadorzhttp://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5080
Mario: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:190014

Pacman/ghost: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:210342

I find the majority of my objects on Thingiverse, whose virtues I’ve extolled before, and with good reason. The builds work, and work well, in the majority of cases. Nothing is wonky, and if you aren’t up to the challenge of designing your own objet from scratch, all the frustrating design work has already been done for you. I had never dreamed that I would be creating my own designs, nor could I have imagined just how easy designing them could be. Even if you don’t get out there and print anything, I encourage you to checkout Thingiverse and cruise around for a few minutes. It is really neat what people are coming up with.

tie-ornament

 

Now, on to cookie cutters…because who doesn’t love a good cookie? With the cold weather keeping us inside, it is fun to experiment with new recipes and new prints! I enjoy baking and making something unexpected, and what better way to do that than by baking up a batch of IronMan shaped cookies? The cookie cutters, and the cookies for that matter, make great gifts for your comic obsessed bakers. And as an added bonus, the cookie cutters can even be used to cut fun sandwich shapes! Sure, the sandwiches will be a tea party sized, aka teeny tiny, but that just makes it more whimsical. Here are links to some of my favorites.

Supermanhttp://www.thingiverse.com/thing:934299

Pacman: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:13951

Dr. Whohttp://www.thingiverse.com/thing:14533

Batmanhttp://www.thingiverse.com/thing:35796

Ironmanhttp://www.thingiverse.com/thing:225431
WonderWomanhttp://www.thingiverse.com/thing:636317

I enjoy sharing how accessible and fun 3D printing can be. With the ease of finding objects on Thingiverse, and helpful librarians everywhere, the doors of possibility are thrown open. I wish you fun and joy in your printing, decorating, and baking endeavours!


About the Author

Miss Molly traveled all the way to New Zealand in order to get her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science. She enjoys hands-on (and occasionally messy) science programs, very boisterous story times, rousing sing-a-longs, and serene yoga. When Miss Molly doesn’t have her nose in a book, she can be found hiking in the woods, climbing mountains, indulging her wanderlust, pursuing her foodie passions, and making horrible(ly awesome) puns. When she's not saving the world one book suggestion at a time, you can find her cavorting with superheroes in The Hero Army at comicons and up and down the east coast. (She's usually SuperGirl, Polaris, Wasp, or Harley Quinn). If you see her, say hi!



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