In China, the Dongzhi festival celebrates the return of longer daylight through families and friends gathering to make and eat traditional tangyuan rice dumplings. Meanwhile, around the same time of year, the Western world is of course celebrating Christmas, and the turning of the new year, with gifts and decorations and even more food. In deciding just how to celebrate this time of year, the homemade touch can make all the difference, which makes it the perfect excuse to try some creative ideas on your 3D printer. For some quirky inspiration, and readily printable designs, we’re looking to the online catalog for Chinese-based Winbo 3D printing company.
Christmas gifts for the kids
3D printed reindeer and sleigh: could be either a decoration for your mantelpiece or a toy for children. (Bonus points to those who use the sled to deliver Santa’s customary mince pie to him on Christmas Eve.)
For the film-addict
Many of us may also be spending time commuting the distance to get home this year. Whether by train or plane, a phone holder could come in handy for keeping you occupied. The below design from Winbo also houses a pen pot and amplifies speaker sound (for when you’re not in company of course).
The personal 3D printed touch
The company’s website not only includes innovative gifts as standalone objects, but also select design that can be personalized for extra effect.
An example of this is the Desktop Acrylic plate (below) which can be used to not just commemorate Christmas, but any holiday, birthday, anniversary or event. The design can be modified to include the recipient’s name, a special date or even a quote.
For those who don’t own 3D printers
Winbo’s 3D printers can be bought for as little as $150, and customisable 3D printed objects can also be ordered directly from the company so quality is assured.
Something like this ‘swan crown’ could be ideal for anyone going to the ballet over the festive season, or looking to go to a 1920’s themed New Year’s party.
Here at 3DPI we are currently working on our 3D printed Christmas card including a 3D model of our writers. Let us know your 3D printing related Christmas plans in the comments below.
Featured image of the Christmas Gift Box design. Image via Winbo.