Every day a few hundreds if not thousands of new 3D prints are uploaded to the internet by the dedicated and endlessly imaginative maker community. For the past few years we’ve been highlighting the best of those uploads in our 3D Print of the Day series of articles.
With 2019 finally about to close it’s the perfect time to look back at the best prints from the year featured in our series.
In no particular order here are our favourites. Inclusion here isn’t a slight against the incredible work from the rest of the community, but simply the ones that still stuck around in our brains throughout the year.
Click on the name of the print or its picture to be taken to our dedicated post about each one which includes interviews with the people responsible for the prints, the story of how each project came to be, download links and more.
The newest mainline Pokémon games Sword and Shield are still contentious topics, but very few if any have a problem with the stellar creature and character design work that went into this new generation.
Ever since its reveal and now much after the release of the games, Wooloo is a fan favourite. This miniature is an absolutely perfect recreation of the Pokémon and its features, and even comes with a nice grassy base for it to sit on.
The great thing about 3D prints is that you can also paint them as you wish, so you can get yourself a shiny by just switching up the paints. No insane shiny hunting required.
Like Wooloo the gun with legs was initially revealed in a trailer and then fast became a favourite with many.
This version of the concept is not only spot on in terms of design, but it also features a fantastic paint job that captures the look of Borderlands.
While a stand is needed to keep these firearms on their feet, we think it’s a fair trade for such an interesting and well executed print.
Our cover star for this story and an astonishing accomplishment, this print is not a miniature but is instead a full-sized recreation of the prosthetic arm which is now a famous part of videogame iconography from Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
The smaller details here such as the real rope and carving in the bone set this apart together with its size and accuracy.
While intended for cosplay purposes, the creator of this print recons that someone without an arm could actually wear this print, but we’ve not heard of anyone attempting that as yet.
While Sekiro is picking up many game of the year accolades this awards season, Untitled Duck Game was the breakout indie darling of 2019.
While a simple 3D printed duck would quite capture the nature of the character, this version has a powerful magnet in the beak.
Aside from being a cool place to keep your keys (or knife), this inclusion adds a lot of playfulness to the static prop, which perfectly fits here.
From cute duck to… this. In 2019 the “I’m sorry, Jon” or simply Creepy Garfield joke really took off and inspired countless pieces of art and fiction to be created.
Barely visible in the picture above, this Garfield is also perched on top of a miniature house, to really show off the scale of the idea. As a favour to you, we didn’t include this head on image of the print which includes a gaping eye hole.
This print is special because it isn’t just a fan creation, but an officially licence product from comics publisher Valiant.
Talented designer Fotis Mint, together with MyMiniFactory, worked with Valiant to lean into the world of 3D printing and gives fans the opportunity to make their own X-O Manowar, instead of simply buying a figurine.
The Animated Series is a favourite for many, and its interpretation of the Batmobile is one of the most stylish.
Its cartoon aesthetic works wonders in the real world as a print, and the copious amount of black here means that you can leave the paint out if you have the appropriate filament.
Usually, when you print comes off the bed misshapen and indescribable, it means that something has gone terribly wrong. That’s not the case here.
This series of prints is made to only truly be visible when viewed by way of a special, curved reflective surface. This technique has been around for some time (it was even used in the Renaissance) but this is the first time we’ve seen it in a 3D printing context.
Aside from the duck above, a frog, cat and dragon all received the same treatment.
While 3D printing is used extensively in architecture, it’s also used quite often in fantasy architecture.
Yes if you didn’t get your Hogwarts letter you can still visit the castle, albeit at a much smaller scale.
This version isn’t just of one or two of the main buildings, but most of the school grounds including the mountain it sits on. A perfect display piece and a unique gift for those who own just about everything to do with Harry Potter.
The final and most recent print here is a meme from a bygone era, resurrected in time for the 2019 holidays.
While joke prints are nothing new, we’ve never seen so much care and effort put into one before. Just look at the detailing on the cloth and facial features here. Just heavenly.
This print is also, currently, involved in a practical joke in which Raptor Jesus has been placed among real Christian Christmas decorations to see when / if it will be discovered.