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c2As the years and styles–as well as genetics in body type–are handed down from one generation to another, preferences in body type change.

Our perception of what is beautiful in terms of women’s attributes has changed fluidly throughout the centuries, as the attraction for the super model or the waif-like woman is widespread today–while once upon a time, a more Botticelli-esque figure was more ‘appreciated.’ Hairstyles have changed from the bouffant to the bob, accessories from small to large, and purses go from clutches to looking like veritable leather suitcases on the arm.

For men though, it’s always been a fairly static deal. The extra junk in the trunk or ‘curvy’ look just hasn’t ever been a trend or exception applied to men, and the long hair ideal has mainly been extended to the super jacked up, bodice-ripping Fabio.

David_reworked_Front_portrait_replication (2)The perfect ideal set forth from media, and iconic works of art throughout the ages, demands the usual six- to eight-pack, biceps, and generally overall hunky demeanor.

These are the days of getting real though, folks. The times are changing–and from bald spots to man buns and from muffin-tops to man boobs, as father’s day approaches, it’s time to take the pressure off–and maybe for good.

The ‘Dad Bod’ is now a ‘thing.’ And it’s being immortalized, thanks to Portishead, Bristol based 3D printer manufacturer CEL Robox. This team has a big sense of humor, and their projects are becoming something to look forward to, as we reported on their projects from the 3D printed Hungry Hungry Clarksons game (a la Jeremy Clarkson) to their recent war against pigeon poop, via 3D printed birds of prey.

“One of the coolest things about 3D printing is the ability to express your creativity with the technology,” said Chris Elsworthy, CEO of CEL and maker of the Robox 3D printer. “If you see a trend spreading and becoming an iconic part of pop culture, nothing is stopping you from putting your own spin on it. If we can create a mashup of one of Michelangelo’s David pieces with the recent dad bod trend, others can follow a similar vein of thought and develop a unique, never seen before print for their own use and pleasure.”

Freed from the constraints of social expectations, CEL’s 3D printed Dad Bod strikes a pose not unlike that of Michelangelo’s David. Proudly displaying 0d52aa570088d5c2e7f2c37d2ae94b233a22c7b4some extra around the middle, comfy in his undies, Dad Bod isn’t worried about a little baldness or how much beer and pizza he consumed last night during the football game. He’s a little bit of David, and a lot Seth Rogen. And he’s letting it all hang out, 3D printed in a fine, smooth resolution of .02mmwith Robox’s proprietary dual-head system.

Are you interested in 3D printing your own Dad Bod? CEL Robox has the files available for free download from MyMiniFactory here. You too can celebrate not only the wonders of digital design and the miracles of 3D printing technology from the desktop, but also embrace part of a new cultural ideal that allows you to be comfortable in your own skin, as well as having that double burger with bacon– and saving a little room for some of your kid’s cupcakes with sprinkles. The Dad Bod does take some maintaining, after all.

Are you planning to 3D print a Dad Bod? Have you enjoyed some of the previous 3D printed designs by CEL Robox? Tell us your thoughts in the 3D Printed Dad Bod forum over at 3DPB.com.

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