Would you like to surprise your child with a special toy that not everyone has or, even better, print a cool toy together with your son or daughter? Here are some inspirations and models.
Maker “Fernando Jerez” always attracts attention with his imaginative 3D models. This also includes his octopus collection, which is available in various designs for a small price to download. This design here can be printed without support structures and the individual parts are simply put or screwed together.
Found on MyMiniFactory, Maker: FerJerez3D. Price: $5.99
Your Lego bricks will fit on this train, which can be extended as much as you want. The train runs on the usual wooden rails and if you don’t have any tracks at home, you can print them as well. By the way, there are already some exciting remixes of “sconine’s” model.
Found on Thingiverse, Maker: sconine
With this gripper many new game variations are possible! It is best to consider beforehand what you want to grab with it, so that you choose the right length and material. The model already has more than 25 makes, so that you can also be inspired by the other makers.
Found on Thingiverse, Maker: ecoiras
Awesome! This movable dinosaur hits the maker community! More than 500 makers have already printed this model and there are already more than 20 remixes! But to become so popular we have to mention that the Flexy Rex is a hybrid of various cool 3D models from Thingiverse: It is a remix of the original model from Maker “Kirb”, based on the model from “airfish”, and Maker “zheng3” inspired this version with his “FlexyRex”. Maker “DrLex” lists the (low) cost of printing: You have to plan about 70 cents for the filament plus extra costs, such as electricity for your 3D printer, so that at the end you have to pay just around $2 en total.
Found on Thingiverse, Maker: DrLex
Printing these whales and playing with them reminds and admonishes us how sensitive this mammal is and that care must be taken. In Low Poly Style they looks really cool! Plus: The PLA model is movable!
Found on Threeding, Maker: Pikitote. Price: $0.99
Everyone knows this didactic game with certainty from his childhood. One has probably learned the basic forms circle, square and triangle with it playfully…
Found on Thingiverse, Maker: churuata3d
This cute elephant with movable legs can be printed in two sizes: In XL with a length of 27.5 cm or in XS with a length of 9 cm. This copy was printed with PLA in the color “Pumpkin Orange” from Makerbot.
Found on Thingiverse, Maker: LeFabShop
This cool marble machine was printed with an Ultimaker 2 and promises a lot of fun! By turning the crank the laid on marbles move up again by themselves and roll down again the curvy tracks.
Found on Thingiverse, Maker: Tulio
What about these funny robots? They were printed in a Prusa I3 Hephestos from BQ with PLA. Well, and if you can’t choose your favorite color, just print a small colony!
Found on Thingiverse, Maker: bqLabs
You can pull this penguin behind you on a string, then it will eagerly move its fins. It was designed with Sketchup Make 2015 and printed with PLA in a Makerbot Replicator 2.
Found on Cults, Maker: GZUMWALT
This Spirograph will certainly drive away your boredom and decorate all the family’s notebooks and pads!
Found on Thingiverse, Maker: 3Domas
You can print this PLA glider at once. Maybe it will soon fly in your garden?
Found on Thingiverse, Maker: pittance
Sand Play Set
Lost another shovel at the playground? No problem! What are 3D printers for? And on the next beach holiday, the children will certainly be busy too! The 5-piece set consists of a sieve, a shovel, a rake, a bucket and a sand castle mold.
Found on Thingiverse, Maker: CreativeTools
These beetles keep young and old on their toes! They are printed in no time, they come in nine different versions and they can even jump! Put them on a hard, stable surface, then take a pen, for example a ballpoint pen, push it against the animal’s body and pull it backwards – yet the bug jumps into the air.
Found on Thingiverse, Maker: Enic
All makers might know this little boat: Benchy, the test model for 3D printing from CreativeTools. With this model you can compare very well how good your print results are. Afterwards your children can also benefit and play with it. Maybe a few Benchys will soon be swimming in a moat around the sandcastle which you have already built with the 3D printed sand molds!
Found on Thingiverse, maker: CreativeTools