2015-glasses2Can you believe it? Tonight we say goodbye to 2014, and welcome in 2015. For me, it seems as though it was just New Year’s Eve a few weeks ago. Time flies when you are having fun….. or writing about 3D printing.

I don’t know about you, but I always find the typical celebratory fashion accessories, gizmos, and toys a bit on the boring side. It’s 2015, so why are we still blowing paper whistles, wearing ridiculous paper hats, and masks that bend our ears in every possible direction? Year in and year out, it seems as though we see the same party accessories no matter what party we attend. Again, this is 2015, and we live in a time when 3D printing allows us to be quite a bit more creative.

This year, I plan on 3D printing all of my accessories and party favors for each one of my guests, and you can too with a plethora of unique, free designs available. Here are our top 5 3D printable New Year’s gizmos, gadgets, and wearables.

The 2015 Glasses
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Nothing says, “Bring on 2015” like the numbers themselves displayed across your face. This design is printed in a very attractive font, and can be fabricated in any color you’d like, even the glow-in-the-dark variety. Designed by Makershop, they recommend scaling these down about 90% for women.

The 2015 Gimbal
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Need a little something to decorate your table with this New Year’s Eve? Why not 3D print yourself this cool little gimbal, which can even be customized to feature anything you’d like in the center. What makes this piece incredibly cool, is that the gimbal portion of this print will spin directly off of the print bed. No support or rafts are needed in the print process. This designer has also created a 2015 Strawtopper Gimbal for those of you who prefer to decorate your drinks rather than the table you put them on.

The 2015 New Year’s Resolutions Glasses
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Perhaps the other 2015 glasses just aren’t quite detailed enough for you. Perhaps you are a person who takes pride in self improvement. Perhaps you simply don’t like how many times people ask you what your New Year’s resolution is. Don’t worry, there is a solution for you. These glasses take celebrating the new year one step further. They are a copy of the Makershop version (above), but feature raised text with some New Year’s resolutions and sayings printed on them.

The Hand Cranked 2015 ThingamaBob

Maybe you like gadgets that are a bit more interactive. If that’s the case, this little device will certainly impress all of your friends and relatives. Designed by a man in Oklahoma, named Greg Zumwalt, using Sketchup 8, he recommends printing it in PLA, using Makerware 2.3.3.42 on a MakerBot Replicator 2 3D pritner.

2015 Earrings
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Tired of those corny New Year’s hats, head bands and the like? Then why not wear these unique 2015 earrings to that party this year? Available in two different “hangs” with the numbers reading either horizontal or vertical, your ears will be decorated with something surely no one else will be wearing, not to mention you have an entire year to continue wearing them if you choose.

So there you have it. Our top 5 3D printable 2015 New Year’s gizmos, gadgets, and accessories. Which of these will you be printing for this evening? Discuss in the 3D printed New Year’s gizmos forum thread on 3DPB.com.

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