Ten 3D Printable Things: More Dragons


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Welcome to Ten 3D Printable Things. Every week I’ll be showcasing 10 fantastic and FREE 3D printable projects, designs and models from all over the web.

Dragons are big, fearsome and unstoppable village-destroying mythical creatures that have been popping up in stories for generations. I’m pretty sure almost everyone thinks dragons are cool, and the weirdos who don’t think so are probably too ashamed to admit it, so they suffer in silence where they belong. I’ve already collected a bunch of 3D printable dragons for you, but there were so many great 3D models available that I had plenty for a second collection. As always I tried to gather a nice mix of simple, easy to print models and a few more complicated projects for advanced users.

Here are Ten More 3D Printable Dragons:


Dragon by Muzz64

Found on: MyMiniFactory
Cost: Free

This simple 2D dragon is an easy 3D printing project that you can use to test a printer out, or you can give it as a quick gift that you can print out in under an hour. I actually printed a bunch of these out for a Halloween party last year and they were a huge hit. The designer suggests printing on a raft, but I didn’t have any problem popping them off of my printer bed lined with painters tape so I’m not sure that’s necessary. I printed mine in some cool glow in the dark filament that I had a few samples of, but I also want to try printing them in some of the translucent colors that I picked up a few months back.


Chinese New Year Dragon Incense Holder by Antonio Erb

Found on: MyMiniFactory
Cost: Free

This great incense holder looks like it would be a difficult project, but it’s deceptively simple to print. It prints in two separate parts, the base and the dragon itself, and the designer included supports on the model so it should go pretty smoothly. The dragon was designed so it looks like it’s wrapping itself around the stick of incense. It should be pretty safe around the burning incense, but just in case I would suggest using PLA and I don’t recommend painting it. I think this is a great opportunity to use a metal filament, but it would also print great with a wood filament.


Automaton Dragon! by Jason from MakerBot

Found on: Thingiverse
Cost: Free

This cool hand-cranked dragon automata is an excellent educational project, either to learn the basics of engineering for yourself or to teach your students. Not only does it require some pretty tricky 3D printing, it is going to need some good old fashioned making to get it to work. The dragon itself, the table and the hand crack are all 3D printable parts, all you’ll need is a few screws, some wire, some glue, a small drill and some elbow grease.


Hydralon the Hydra DragonLonghuo the Eastern DragonFrozentail the Ice DragonCarnavix the Hungry DragonAtmos the Elemental DragonMurlurk the Mist DragonLongjaw the Crocodile DragonAquaticus the Water DragonEruptron the Volcano DragonGolemong the Rock DragonLunaris the Moon Dragon by MakerBot

Found on: Thingiverse
Cost: Free

MakerBot has a ton of great 3D models available on Thingiverse that they’ve designed in-house, and some of the coolest feature in this huge collection of dragon figures. Each of the 11 dragons available has a ton of character and charm, and I almost wish there was a cartoon or comic book to go with them. They were designed to print quickly and easily, and they’re suitable for any type of filament or material.  


Alduin dragon Bust by Martin PMP

Found on: MyMiniFactory
Cost: Free

Alduin the World Eater is the primary antagonist from the mega-popular The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim video game. This fantastic bust of Alduin has a ton of detail and you could use it around the house as a wall hook, or mount it on a nice plaque and make it a unique wall decoration.  The model can be scaled up or down in size depending on the size printer bed that you have, although if you reduce the size too much it looks like you’ll end up losing some of the teeth, so be careful.


Dragon Bookmark by Roland

Found on: Thingiverse
Cost: Free

This simple dragon bookmark is another quick and easy printing project that you can complete in about an hour. Because the model itself is wide and relatively flat it may be tricky to get off the printing bed so you may want to try using a raft on this one.


Dragon Bowl II by Joe Micallef

Found on: MyMiniFactory
Cost: Free

This fierce dragon’s mouth is actually a unique treat bowl that you can fill with candy, spare change or any number of tiny things that you need to keep organized. The designer did a great job painting it up, but I actually think it looks better in a single color. An exotic filament, like woodfill or bronzefill, would look pretty great.


Dragon Fish by maxxkao

Found on: Thingiverse
Cost: Free

The dragon fish is a common motif in many Asian cultures and is primarily a symbol of wealth or extravagance. This model would look amazing as a fish tank decoration, its gaping mouth would be a great hiding spot. It would also make a pretty cool garden decoration, just make sure that you print it in a waterproof material. It’s a pretty straightforward print job, and the designer has uploaded two versions, one with supports and one without.


3d Dragon puzzle by Els Meulendijks

Found on: MyMiniFactory
Cost: Free

If you’ve been using Thingiverse for a while then you’ve probably stumbled on this cool dragon puzzle that was designed to be made using a laser cutter. This version is a remix of the original model made to be 3D printed instead, but it’s just as cool as the original. There are dozens of individual components, and each individual part is pretty small so it can be printed rather quickly. The parts can also be scaled up if you want, so you can end up with a pretty massive dragon once assembled.


Dragon Egg Boxes by Ferjerez

Found on: Thingiverse
Cost: Free

These awesome dragon egg boxes were made using a cool OpenSCAD generator, so you can create them in tons of different sizes, shapes and designs. But don’t worry, if you don’t know how to use OpenSCAD there are a bunch of pre-generated STLs to choose from. The designer has also remixed his designs a bit and uploaded some cool Dragon Eggs and a simple Dragon Penholder.


That’s it for this week, I hope I found your next Weekend 3D Printing Project for you!

As always, you can email me your feedback and theme suggestions, and I always love to see what 3D printing projects you’ve been working on. You can also find me on Twitter @SJGrunewald, so say hi and feel free show off what you printed. Tag it #103dpthings and you’ll get a RT.


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