As the winter holidays near, your printers are likely in full-force making decorations and gifts for friends and family. In this post, we round up the top holiday themed designs for the year so that you can more easily decide which to print. These would make for great entries into the Proto-pasta Print Contest where each week, 5 winners take their pick of several premium filament options.
Many of you are familiar with the popular Furry Lion design that makes use of unsupported overhangs for the mane. This Christmas Tree by BQ leverages the same effect for a unique and more realistic finish.
These Decorative Snowmen by Sonia Verdu make for simple prints and great containers for concealing gifts. Print a few and use them to test out your painting prowess!
Articulated print-in-place designs are especially challenging to create and BQ nailed it with these Articulated Christmas Toys. Learn how to leverage similar techniques in this post on making Ball and Socket Joints.
For those that are a bit unconventional, this Death Star Tree Topper is a must have. If you’re printer is having a bit of trouble with the overhangs, check out this tutorial on printing parts larger than your build volume to split this into two halves.
Why buy a Christmas Tree at all when you can print this design from Isotalo? This tapers to a small point so you can minimize infill usage and scale this as large as you’d like.
If you want to stress test the minimum feature size of your printer, these to-scale Planet Ornaments make for a great pick. Pluto might give you a bit of a challenge here so it might be best to omit the sun and scale the rest of these to be larger.