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3D Printed Dinosaur – 8 Best Curated Models

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by Caleb Swabel
Jul 6, 2019
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Check out this list of impressive 3D printed dinosaur models! There's something for everyone to enjoy, from the budding pupil to the wizened curator.

3D Printed Dinosaur Models Rip-Roaring Good Prints

Even simple prints make for cool ornaments.
Even simple prints make for cool ornaments. Source: Kalephrex / MyMiniFactory

The days of buying injection molded toys in department stores are fading… As 3D printing becomes more popular and less expensive, many turn to it as a viable way to acquire custom parts and detailed figurines.

Dinosaurs have always fascinated humanity, especially those of a younger persuasion, so it’s no wonder that they’ve also crept into the plethora of 3D printable objects. In the following, we present a list of our favorite designs, all of which are free to download and print in the comfort of your home!

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3D Printed Dinosaur Models Flexi Rex

Don't mess with this little guy!
Don't mess with this little guy! Source: DrLex / Thingiverse

What is it? This extremely popular model was a trendsetter for articulated models. This version, which incorporates stronger links, is a robust toy for any kid and is sure to be an instant hit. It’s extremely easy to print and is super cheap with respect to filament.

Who created it? Alexander Thomas

Who printed it? This model is one of the most popular on Thingiverse, with almost 16,000 downloads and 870 makes.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

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3D Printed Dinosaur Models Jurassic Park Chess Set

March your dino army across the board.
March your dino army across the board. Source: mieszkolacinski / MyMiniFactory

What is it? This dino-themed chess set is a cool way to play or learn what might become your new favorite game. Perfect for fans of Jurassic Park, this can also be a good test of your 3D printer, which will likely need to perform some delicate retractions.

Who created it? Mieszko Lacinski

Who printed it? Although there are no posted photos of this being made by someone other than the creator, community feedback indicates that it’s an “amazing” design, and almost 1,000 downloads indicate that it’s more than popular.

Where to find it? MyMiniFactory

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3D Printed Dinosaur Models Triceratops Skeleton

Turn your desktop into an exhibit!
Turn your desktop into an exhibit! Source: rowiac / MyMiniFactory

What is it? This 1:20-scale triceratops skeleton has been optimized for 3D printing and is a perfect centerpiece for a 3D model collection. Even low budget machines like the Ender 3 should have no problem reproducing the intricate details.

Who created it? Rogar Kersoe

Who printed it? This model has multiple reported makes and over 4,000 downloads.

Where to find it? MyMiniFactory

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3D Printed Dinosaur Models Full-Size Velociraptor Skull

The apex predator brought low.
The apex predator brought low. Source: Denis31470 / Thingiverse

What is it? This super cool full-size velociraptor skull is one of the prime examples of 3D printing today. That said, the model does require quite a bit of assembly as every tooth prints individually and must be glued in.

Who created it? Justin Van Loocke

Who printed it? This model has 14 uploaded makes and 6,000+ downloads, so it has been proven to print well.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

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3D Printed Dinosaur Models Genetic Mix Dinosaur

Even this dino seems to be puzzled!
Even this dino seems to be puzzled! Source: ThinkerThing / Thingiverse

What is it? This model is a great example of how multicolor 3D printing has developed. It comes from the app Dr Fluff’s Robot Factory, which is an app to create your own 3D models using evolution. The final design requires no supports and is very easy to print.

Who created it? Thinker Thing

Who printed it? This model has 12 makes and 7,000 downloads, plus 611 likes. It can be printed on most 3D printers.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

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3D Printed Dinosaur Models Simple Slotted Triceratops Skeleton

Printed and assembled in no time!
Printed and assembled in no time! Source: Kalephrex / MyMiniFactory

What is it? This slot-together triceratops model is a cute present for any kid who likes tinkering and dinosaurs. It slots together quickly and smoothly and is perfect for all ages.

Who created it? Kevin Tran

Who printed it? This model has been downloaded 360 times and is incredibly easy to print in any filament. It also makes a great test for bed adhesion, given that all the parts lay flat.

Where to find it? MyMiniFactory

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3D Printed Dinosaur Models Dinosaur Bones Necklace

Impress your friends!
Impress your friends! Source: Hagbard / Thingiverse

What is it? This necklace is a great DIY gift for a loved one, and a low-cost way to get into making some basic jewelry for friends and family. It’s a great conversation starter and a fun introduction to biology for even the most fashion-obsessed teenager.

Who created it? Simon Smithson

Who printed it? With 15 makes and near 5,000 downloads, this model is quite popular. It should be printed at a 60% scale to be a functional necklace.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

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3D Printed Dinosaur Models T-Rex Skeleton

The king.
The king. Source: MakerBot / Thingiverse

What is it? This model may be the coolest one in the list. Created by MakerBot themselves, this brilliant scientifically accurate 1:20-scale model of a T-Rex is a perfect addition to any classroom. As well as being a great model, this design comes with a comprehensive PDF manual and an instructional assembly video.

Who created it? MakerBot

Who printed it? This model has been topping the Thingiverse charts with almost 3/4 of a million views. It also boasts 500 makes and 1/4 million downloads.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

Feature image source: rowiac / MyMiniFactory

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