Know a young one who loves tinkering? Use special occassions to surprise them with 3D printing gifts! Read on for some ideas to get you started!
Young makers are a joy to bless with gifts. Encourage them to keep making, and you may become the beneficiary of some of their projects! Finding the perfect gift may be challenging, though. Which gift should you choose to excite your young maker?
Here are a few things that helped us curate these gift ideas:
Let’s get started!
Many tools associated with 3D printing and post-processing can be dangerous, and you may not want to be the gift-giver responsible for cuts or burns inflicted on the young recipient. For that reason, we’ve selected some very useful 3D printing tools that are safe to use.
What makes cool 3D printing projects even cooler? Cool 3D printing material, of course! All sorts of filaments are available, but we’ve selected a few super awesome spools that are sure to wow any young maker.
If you want a more exhaustive list of great, easy-to-print filaments, check out our PLA filament guide. Also, note that different filaments have different diameters. That said, 1.75 mm is a standard size.
This PLA filament contains highly concentrated phosphorescent pigments to allow this material to charge during the daytime and glow magnificently in the dark.
Fillamentum’s "Vertigo Starlight" from the Extrafill series has a beautiful dark blue tint - and some sparkling bits in it. Think of a starry night sky and you’ll get the idea.
Youngsters aren’t typically known for their organization skills. Help them out with some super neat organizers.
Keep in mind that most kids don’t have a lot of room for full-blown workshop shelving. If possible, stick to compact items.
Maybe the perfect item for a young maker is a 3D printing book written by experts in the field. Unlike various internet forums, books are chock-full of great information that can be accessed quickly and confidently. Below are three great examples.
With articles about techniques, freely available CAD packages, and comparisons of printers that are on the market, Make: 3D Printing makes it easy to understand the complex and constantly-shifting topic of 3D printing.
Hundreds of 3D printers and pens are available to buy, making it stressful to choose one. Thankfully, we’ve compiled lists of the best 3D printers and best 3D pens. For the sake of this article, we’ve picked two of each, focusing on what would make great gifts for kids.
An affordable machine, the Flashforge Finder provides good print quality, is quiet, and can be connected to with a USB cable or WiFi. Learn more
With a build volume of 180 x 180 x 180 mm, the Mini is compact, but it packs a punch with a host of features its larger counterpart lacks. It boasts an affordable price combined with the high-quality guarantee Prusa is known for. Learn more
The gold standard in kids' 3D pens, the 3Doodler Start comes with it's own Eco-Plastic filament as well as USB cable.
Thanks to this 3D pen's extensive temperature range, it's able to print in a wide variety of materials.
(Lead image source: 3Doodler via YouTube)
License: The text of "Best 3D Printing Gifts for Young Ones" by All3DP is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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