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3D Printed Vase – 10 Best Curated Models to 3D Print

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by Myles Cummings
Apr 19, 2018

There are some stunning vase designs available for 3D printing. While a floral bouquet may empty your wallet, printing a vase will save you plenty! For best displaying botanical beauty, here is a curated collection of 10 3D printed vase models.

3D Printed Vase #1: Low Poly Flower Pot

Low Poly Flower Pot by Clement C
Low Poly Flower Pot by Clement C Source: MyMiniFactory

Small but perfectly formed, sometimes simple is very effective. This small flower pot created from a low poly model by designer Clement C is a nice ‘n’ easy introduction for the would-be 3D printed vase enthusiast. The version shown here was printed at 125% scale.

Where can I get it? MyMiniFactory

3D Printed Vase #2: Droplet Vase

Rendered version of the Droplet Vase
Rendered version of the Droplet Vase Source: Thingiverse

This elegant design from New-York-based maker Victoria Crettenand is actually a reasonably straighforward print. Beware the smooth finish shown in Victoria’s rendered image is not so readily obtainable, however. The final result is instead more faceted and textured if printed in PLA. An alternative for more experienced makers is to print in ABS and then use an acetone bath to smooth the surface. As a starting point, although it looks a little complex, the download is suitable for even newbie 3D printologists to try.

Where can I get it? Thingiverse

3D Printed Vase #3: Sinuous Vase

Sinuous from the Fresh Take collection
Sinuous from the Fresh Take collection Source: Tessa's Curated Boutique

This uber trendy design from designer Libero Rutilo combines both 3D printing and upcycling. The container part of the vase is an old 0.5 liter PET bottle. The 3D printed element is placed over the bottle as an external mesh and is kept in place with an inner neck fillet which screws onto the bottle like a cap. The finished effect cleverly disguises the inner plastic bottle, and creates the impression of a rather classy and contemporary objet d’art.

You can order the vase printed or download the digital file to print yourself at a cost of 10 euros.

Where can I get it? Tessa’s Curated Boutique

3D Printed Vase #4: Aqua

Aqua, part of the Julia Vase collection
Aqua, part of the Julia Vase collection Source: Thingiverse

This fabulously exotic style from Dutch designer Virtox, aka Stijn van der Linden, was created using a morphing animation algorithm, which is then stacked and converted into vase form.

This particular design is called Aqua and is part of the Julia Vase collection: 

It’s complex, organic and free-flowing form means that it’s probably not the ideal first vase to choose if you are a new to 3D printing. Even for the more experienced it will perhaps be a challenge. However, as those who have already downloaded and printed this vase will testify, its incredible and unique aesthetic is well worth the effort.

Where can I get it? Thingiverse

3D Printed Vase #5: Vase from a Lightbulb - Art Deco Style

Conor Devine's lightbulb vase
Conor Devine's lightbulb vase Source: MyMiniFactory

This Art-Deco-inspired design from Conor Devine is another example of 3D printing combined with upcycling. In this case the beautiful simplicity of a hollowed-out lightbulb is integrated into an organic support stand to create a very elegant result. The design is available to fit both standard bayonet and screw-in lightbulbs. All printing is support free, which means that even a newcomer to 3dD printing should be able to replicate the result without too much difficulty.

Where can I get it? MyMiniFactory

Conor also provides a step-by-step infographic on how to hollow out the glass lightbulb.

3D Printed Vase #6: Lace-Up Tiled Vase

Clockspring's Lace-Up Tiled Vase
Clockspring's Lace-Up Tiled Vase Source: MyMiniFactory

This unusual design from Clockspring is made up of many triangular printed tiles which are bound together. Its not exactly waterproof, and requires a bit more effort over other designs in knitting the pieces together to assemble the finished vase. But if you’re up to the challenge, this is definitely a stand out piece. Read the designer’s instructions carefully before printing! 

Where can I get it? MyMiniFactory

3D Printed Vase #7: Spiral Vase

The Spiral Vase collection
The Spiral Vase collection Source: Thingiverse

Another set of designs that play on the twisting theme, these vases by YSoft_be3D are truly beautiful examples of 3D printing as art. They are not the easiest examples to produce however, so it’s well worth reading through the maker’s printing instructions, as well as the comments of those who have printed it previously, if you want to get a good result. Perseverance and a bit of trial and error will lead to a quality print that does justice to this stunning design.

Where can I get it? Thingiverse

3D Printed Vase #8: Baby Groot Flower Pot

Tom Davis' Baby Groot planter
Tom Davis' Baby Groot planter Source: MyMiniFactory

And now for something completely different: Tom Davis’ model of Baby Groot is based on the Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel character. (Or maybe that should be Gardens of the Galaxy?) Either way, this has proved to be a very popular print. So popular, in fact, that apparently a Chinese manufacturer has produced a commercial plastic version for sale. (The copyright issue doesn’t seem to worry them, although Marvel may well feel differently…) According to those who have printed it already, the model seems to scale well both up and down, and can be used as a general container for pens, pencils, or whatever you like, in addition to acting as a regular vase.

Where can I get it? MyMiniFactory

3D Printed Vase #9: Honey Comb Vase

Honeycomb Vase
Honeycomb Vase Source: Thingiverse

Looking as though it stepped straight out of the world of Minecraft, this excellent design from artist, engineer and maker Alexey Grishchenko is a little more complex to produce than the average 3D print. It also requires some further attention if you want it to be used as a vase filled with water. Some users report that using clear epoxy finish both inside and out works well. With or without, this design is certainly an eye-catching piece.

Where can I get it? Thingiverse

3D Printed Vase #10: Wearable Planter Vase

Wearable Planter
Wearable Planter Source: Thingiverse

Walking away with the prize for smallest 3D printable vase in this curated collection is this very cute 3D printed wearable planter by Atlanta-based designer Colleen Jordan. Its small size makes for a relatively quick print.

Colleen has also provided a useful set of instructions on how to place the succulent (small plant) into the finished item to ensure it looks good, survives and thrives!

Where can I get it? Thingiverse

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