Valentine’s Day is this Saturday and there are some creative 3D printable Valentine’s items that might make that special someone’s heart skip with delight! Here are a few of these items for your consideration, as you search for an original gift beyond the usual chocolate candies, dozen roses, and expensive jewelry. Want something truly unique that expresses the originality of its recipient? Try a 3D printable Valentine’s Day gift that says you have taken the time to make them a thoughtful and fun Valentine’s gift.
PrintME 3D’s Love Heart Bracelet
While many think of a Valentine’s jewelry item as necessarily involving expensive gems and payment plans, the team at PrintME 3D crafted a nostalgic bracelet to transport us back to the old days when it was enough to leave some candy hearts on a fellow classmate’s school desk to let them know you are smitten with them. Known as “Love Hearts” in the UK and “Sweethearts” in the US, these little message-emblazoned hearts are an integral part of Valentine’s Days past and present.
Does anyone else remember taking the hearts’ messages as serious expressions of true love? This is exactly the feel the team was trying to achieve, and they were even able to successfully print the two color project with one extruder. Using a BQ Witbox, the team achieved the desired multi-colored and raised letter effect by “setting the stop height at the moment the printer would start printing the raised heart profile and text.” This allowed them to “precisely control where the color required changing.” Using the Witbox’s control panel, they swapped out the pink for a dazzling purple mid-print — an impressive feat indeed.
Finally, the team created a hearts tube embellished with foil for authenticity, and they have made their files available in the LoadME section on their website under “Love Heart Bracelet“.
Now that we have the jewelry requirement covered with a nostalgic heart bracelet, we can move onto another essential Valentine’s Day item: roses. But, as we know from so many efforts drying commemorative roses and corsages from school dances, real flowers don’t keep unless you make an effort to preserve them. Now, with 3D printing, you can match your “forever” sentiments with a flower that says the same thing.
Valentine’s Vase and Dish Set
Now how about a vase and candy dish set to augment your 3D printed candy hearts and roses? Maker Richard Swika, who goes by user name “ricswika,” offers this handy combination that promises to hold any of your printed non-perishable or non-printed perishable items. The set’s vases includes short and tall ones, with the choice to include a heart shaped base, and it includes a three-section candy dish that matches the vase design as well. These gifts can stay on the shelf long after Valentine’s Day as well; they are functional for year-round use.
Solar Powered Valentine
3D printing also offers just the gift for the environmentalist in your life with Greg Zumwalt’s — “gzumwalt” — solar powered heart project that uses the electronics from a Dollar Store solar powered devil, eight 12 mm x 3 mm neodymium magnets, and a 65 mm x 1.6 mm yarn darner sewing needle.
You can watch the video below to see how the heart spins around to reveal a name on each side: presumably “your” and “your beloved’s” names will go there. And the heart promises to spin around so long as its solar cell receives light. It appears there’s no better way to say “You light up my life” or “You make my heart spin” than this inventive and simple solar powered spinning 3D printed heart.
But if concocting a solar powered heart isn’t in the cards for you at this late hour, there’s still no excuses as there are plenty of fun and unique 3D printable Valentine’s Day projects just waiting for you!
Do any of these fun designs appeal to you? Let us know your favorites, or your own designs, in the 3D Printed Valentine’s Day Gifts forum thread over at 3DPB.com.