3DSha.re is a repository for anything under the sun when it comes to 3D printable models. And for this reason, it is nonetheless controversial because you are privy to the imaginations of so many — for better and for worse. The up side is you can find almost anything to print: things you wouldn’t have imagined but suddenly you must have. The down side is you may be offended by some of the images, tags, and key words. Hey! We didn’t say it wasn’t controversial. Here’s this week’s top 3D printable models from 3DShare.
Now, as a not so “model-slim” woman myself, I am over nude depictions of ample women intended to be demeaning. There was once a time when a little girth was seen as a mark of great vitality and health — and Polly seems to be chillin’ out, comfy in her own skin. That being said, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and this model could be see as sexist mockery or an homage to all the BBW (big beautiful women) out there — depending on where you are coming from. Either way, now-notorious Richard Swika (think Yoga Girl and Kim Kardashian models) delivers one of the top 3DShare models again this week with this latest nude, which comes in two versions: one with a flattened bottom for easier printing and display, and another version without the flattened bottom. Both versions are printed at .1 mm with support, available for 99 cents to download.
This mask is from the Japanese video game Crash Bandicoot, as modeled by Fabricatelab. AkuAku is a character that is really a spirit living in a mask (and anyone familiar with common stereotypes of African and Indigenous people will recognize this familiar totemic image). According to the game’s plotline, after being freed by Crash, the AkuAku spirit guides the characters Crash, CoCo, and their many friends through their confrontations with evil. For a 99 cent download, it can be printed with simple support for the eyebrows, and the feathers are separated in order to accommodate a 200 x 200 build volume.
Now, Easter passed last Sunday, which is probably why this is one of 3DShare’s top models from last week. But remember, the pagan tradition of celebrating springtime fertility lives on after Easter — and the egg is a universal symbol of this springtime fertility. Since 3D printing facilitates such intricate design patterns with relative ease, lampshades end up being one of the more captivating design items. And this top 3D printable Egg Lampshade 1, designed by scolt and available for 99 cents, is a thing of tranquil beauty, as the light casts abstract, art nouveau-esque shapes from an egg-shaped orb. Not so Easter-specific, it could enlighten any room of your house any time of the year.
When I see a key hanging from a wine bottle hook, my first thought is usually along the lines of “Don’t drink and drive.” But these functional wine bottle wall pieces have a much more simple purpose: you can hang keys, coats, purses, and bags on these 3D printable bottle heads that are subtle enough to blend into the wall while still eliciting a charming touch. When aligned side by side, the hooks/wall hangers give off the effect of a free-standing wine cellar floating in air. Sweet! Count me in. If you are searching for a new idea to replace your old stodgy coat rack that always topples over once you’ve piled all of your stuff on, why not try a wine rack instead? This one is designed by Tosh and available to download for 99 cents.
I am happy to report that there’s always room in 3D print design for whimsical and harmless little creatures that are not only far from offending people, but remind us of our common humanity — making us all smile. Egon van Engelen reports he was inspired by all the movable hands and figurines on the 3DShare site, and he wanted to design figurines with movable parts that would not need assembly. After some difficulty, he managed to upload a file with supports that can be removed, post-print, using only your hands, no tools required. This fun design is available for 99 cents.
That was this week’s top 5 3D printable designs from 3DShare. Be sure to upload your content to 3DShare for a chance to be featured in next week’s top 5 list! Which of these is your favorite? Discuss in the 3DShare forum thread on 3DPB.com.