3D printing has made exciting strides in practical uses over the years, but that doesn’t mean there’s no fun to be had. 3D printed toys can make for a great way to have your own personalized ornaments and fun playthings to express yourself and make your space your own.
Whether you’re a parent looking to encourage a child’s creativity, or someone who’s just tired of paying too much for a factory-made toy that looks the same as everything else, 3D printing your own toys is a fantastic way to inject your personality into your fun and games, and we want to share some of our favorites.
The Best 3D Printable Toys: Print Your Own Fun and Games!
3D printed toys can be decorative, practical, or even educational, since they can be made to encourage creativity by through customization and painting. With 3D printing, existing models can me modified or decorated to make something unique to the owner, as well as exercise or even teach creativity in both children and adults.
Whatever your reason, 3D printed toys make for great personal memorabilia or unique or wonderful gifts for people of any age with almost any hobby.
3D Printed Toy Video Game Figures
Have you ever wanted to own your own Pokémon, or play that famous Ocarina? Maybe have Cloud Strife or Vivi on your desk? If you’re a gamer of any kind, you can find 3D models from any console or franchise to decorate your home.
Do you want Vulpix on your mantelpiece, Majora’s Mask on your wall, or maybe a Kingdom Hearts keychain? Personalized 3D printed memorabilia can show off your gamer style.
Regardless of genre or generation, any gamer can find something they can use to keep the memories of time well spent alive even when the console’s off and the PC has been shut down.
Pokémon figurines by Cults3d here / Ocarina of Time by Lykon here / FFVII Cloud Strife model here / FFIX Vivi model here / Vulpix by Ckyeli here / Majora’s Mask model here / Kingdom Hearts Keychain by snoz58 here
A blast from the recent past. It wasn’t so long ago that fidget spinners were everywhere you looked. Those who missed the trend may be happy to know that there is no shortage of models available to 3D print your own fidget spinner at home.
Available in styles from the classic mini drone to shuriken and even love hearts, there’s a rotating desk ornament for any aesthetic.
If fidgeting isn’t your thing, models for spinning tops and dreidels are also available, some with traditional letters of the Hebrew alphabet. For a faster toy, you can always go for a spinning top with a working pull cord for extra spinning power!
Read more: 25+ cool 3D printed fidget toys you can print at home
3D Printed Board Game Pieces
3D printed toys don’t necessarily mean playthings. A good board game collection is necessary for any host, but with the mass-produced store-bought sets found in every household, it can be hard to think of a game as really being yours.
Have you ever wanted to play Monopoly as R2D2? Or Carcassonne with an army of Bulbasaur? Now you can!
To put a personal touch on any board game, you’d usually have to ransack your house looking for a piece that you want, and then hope it’s a decent size. With 3D printing, you can find minifigures with flat bases to move to your dice throws.
Speaking of, why not make your own dice? 3D printed dice models are simple to make and customize in any color or size to throw a little more of yourself into your favorite game.
Any hardcore chess player will know how important a personal chess set is, and what could be more personal than a chess set you build yourself? Whatever your aesthetic preference, 3D printable chess pieces and boards are available as models all over from sleek modern designs to ancient figures and pop culture icons.
Even the city of Milan is available as a CAD model, featuring the city’s skyline as the pieces. Lovers of Lovecraft need not be left out either, as the infamous Eldritch god Cthulhu chess set could be just the way to bring a little Arkham horror to your game.
Or for something a little more wholesome, there’s no shortage of Pokémon chess sets out there. Mewtwo is king, after all.
3D Printed Action Figure Toys
Thanks to the complex designs capable with CAD models, 3D printed action figures and toys don’t have to just be statues.
Action figures are a great expression of imagination and humor, with interesting poses for tabletop tableaus or inspiration for artists.
3D models for action figures can be found as blank figures for customization, articulated robots, and even superheroes like Wolverine. You can even find turtles with moving flippers and a fully poseable hand that can be moved into any gesture.
For the more engineering-savvy printers, models for RC-ready boats and cars are available for printing in a variety of styles. These models normally come in the form of a 3D printable chassis, which can be modified and customized before being fitted with an engine for a race around the park.
But not all the fun is restricted to tiny roads, 3D printed toy boat models are a nice way excuse to get to the water without the expense of factory-made RC crafts.
The styles for these vehicles come in all shapes and sizes, and can be printed to any specification.
Fancy Dress and Cosplay
Costume parties and fancy dress are always a popular twist on a social gathering; but we’ve all been just that one or two little things short of the perfect get up. No one wants to show up as Link with no gauntlets or as Princess Leia without her famous braid.
Any cosplayer will tell you how much their costumes mean to them, and 3D printing toys, accessories, and clothing will always add that special touch. It could be something as grand as Batman’s armor, or that perfect finishing touch with Cloud’s iconic shoulder guard.
With the variety of 3D printed models around, any costume can be made perfect with the small additions that make all the difference. You can also print your own full suit to become your favourite hero.
No matter who or what you’re wanting to emulate, you can 3D print your very own touches to make any costume or cosplay stand out.
3D Printed Puppet Toys and Dolls
For something more creative than statuettes and minifigures, 3D printed toy puppets can also be found online. These range from collapsible animal statuettes to finger puppets and fully jointed marionettes. These figures can be painted and shaped for any design or character, original or otherwise, for fun indoor activities or creative storytelling methods.
Puppeteering can take a long time to master, and what better way to hone the craft than with a character you’ve printed and made yourself? You can even act out your favourite scenes or plays.
If marionettes aren’t your thing, Russian nesting figures can also spruce up your décor with fun little surprises.
3D printed toys aren’t just about decorative knick-knacks or playthings, you can also 3D print your own piggy bank! Be it for a child on their first lesson on savings, or an adult who’s sick of loose change cluttering up their home; there’s no solution quite like a 3D printed piggy bank.
These money storing mantelpiece monuments can be cute, realistic, or even have bullhorns for a unique twist.
To keep an eye on your change collection, you can 3D print a mesh piggy that lets you see inside.
Are pigs not your style? Why not 3D print your own elephant or Homer Simpson head to store your pennies?
3D Printed Toy Boxes/Chests
We’ve gone through a lot of 3D printed toys for any age and preference. But what do you do with all these new playthings? Fortunately, 3D printed toy chests are also available! The personalization doesn’t end with storage. Police boxes and treasure chests are available as CAD models, as well as more subtle designs with minimalistic patterns.
These containers come in all shapes and sizes, from large steampunk trunks to pirate chest ring boxes. Regardless of size and style, you can keep your new 3D printed marvels safe, contained, and ready to be enjoyed another day.