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3D Printing 4 the 4th of July

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It feels like it was just the New Year, but it’s already almost the Fourth of July, aka Independence Day, aka an excuse to eat and drink a lot and blow things up! And just like any other holiday, it’s an excuse to 3D print some cool stuff. Whether you’re throwing a party, attending a party, watching fireworks from your roof, just listening to Hamilton, or celebrating some other way, there’s probably something out there in the network of 3D model platforms to make your day a little bit more festive. To help you out, we’ve pulled out a few of them to highlight for you as you get ready for Tuesday.

It wouldn’t be an American holiday without a nice, patriotic bald eagle. This Eagle Statue from Cults was designed by MakePrintable, and it’s an easy 3D print – no supports required, according to the designers. Proudly perched on a starry platform and screeching, this eagle represents our country well. You can paint him to look like a real bald eagle, or red, white and blue for extra patriotism.

The Fourth of July means stars, rockets, and pretty lights, all of which are represented by these 4th of July Patio Lights, designed by Filabot. The company 3D printed them with recycled filament from a Filabot, naturally, but any translucent filament (that can safely handle being close to lights) will make these lights glow nicely. According to Filabot, they were designed to fit IKEA SKRUV patio lights, but can be modified to fit any string lights.

Need some beer coozies? Of course you do, it’s the Fourth of July. This 4th of July American Flag Coozie – Pencil/Sharpie Holder serves a dual purpose – to hold your beer (or soda, if you’re into that kind of thing) or to hold your Sharpies so that you can easily write your name on your cup of beer. Speaking of Sharpies, designer UrbanAtWork used Sharpies to color it in, which looks like it worked nicely, so if you don’t have a multicolor 3D printer, it should be easy to color all the same.

3D print America! Or, at least, the Lower 48 States. According to designer anewsome, what started as an experiment to see if a line drawing could be 3D printed turned into a big Fourth of July hit. Put this USA outline on a chain and wear it as a necklace, or hang several of them around the house – they could probably even be used as coasters, albeit slightly precarious ones.

Another bald eagle – and this one will open your beer for you! Please don’t try to bite the cap off your non-twist-off beverage; this Bald Eagle Bottle Opener from designer warpaint will do it for you, and will look appropriately fierce while doing so. You may want to use strong filament and/or reinforce the beak to be sure this proud national icon is strong enough to stand up to your festivities.

Every holiday needs sun funglasses! I mean fun sunglasses. These Star Shutter Shades from XYZprinting might not block out all of the sun, but they’re neat-looking, and people will make jokes all day about you being starry-eyed.

This BIOT Hand Prosthesis by designer BiomecanicaIOT looks pretty amazing, but I’m a bit disturbed that it came up under a Fourth of July search. Please be careful with fireworks, friends.

Be safe, and have a happy holiday! Share your favorite Fourth of July 3D prints with us in the Fourth of July forum at 3DPB.com.

 

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