Christmas is coming, are you stuck for great gift ideas? Do you want something useful, but not boring? Buy a 3D printer for Christmas!
As a hobby or even to earn extra income, a 3D printer will be an exciting addition to your home.
Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Buy a 3D Printer For Christmas
3D Printers Are Educational
A 3D printer gives you and your children an exciting opportunity to learn new skills. We’re always learning and learning is so much more fun and productive when it’s a hands-on experience with real, tangible results. Imagine just how good it would feel to create your own special something from scratch?
Maybe it’s just a plastic statue or figurine, a new dice for your board game or a perfectly formed replica for a missing piece for a household appliance. Whatever it is you create, you’re going to be proud of your results.
Kids love computer games or enjoy endless screen time? Get them into 3D printing where they can combine their love of technology while actually creating something at the same time! 3D printing can be a great bonding experience between parent and child and you’ll enjoy spending time together learning something new!
You could print interesting puzzles or make gifts for friends and relatives, interior items and spare parts for Lego robots – the opportunities are endless once you get started.
And all this time you’re having fun learning and teaching together, your children are learning science and technology or STEM skills that could lead them on to interesting and compelling occupations.
3D Printers Are Useful
Have you ever tried to fix something around your home, maybe a wonky table or a broken children’s toy, and thought “if only I had something about so big by so big, I could fix this problem”? A 3D printer could help you to fix it!
3D printers are very useful for minor repairs around the house. We have a good example. Your dishwasher broke down. Instead of washed dishes, you found a puddle of water on the floor. It was not difficult to disassemble the dishwasher and find out the reason – a broken impeller in the water discharge pump.
Impeller modeling and printing will take no more than an hour and your problem is solved! Think about how much time and money you would have to spend if you needed to call out someone to fix it for you – your useful 3D printer probably just paid for itself!
Not just for repairs though, there are so many useful household items you could print using your 3D printer – vases, lamps, shades, figurines, kitchen utensils, stands for phones and tablets and so much more. If you don’t like what you can find on the Internet, then model it yourself – the web is full of lessons on 3D modeling for 3D printing.
3D Printed Cosplay
OK – we know not everyone is into Cosplay, so this reason could really be called “Hobbies”, it’s just that so many cosplayers are getting right into 3D printing to help them with their costumes and accessories so we thought we needed to give them a shoutout.
Anyone else with a hobby like Dungeons and Dragons or building model airplanes will find a 3D printer incredibly useful in creating models.
Many home workshops already have 3D printers and use them to create things that can not be bought in the store. A printer is the realization of your ideas: from unique household items to your inventions.
Make Money 3D Printing
Not just for fun and learning, you could use your new 3D printer to generate some extra income! The uniqueness of small-scale and single-unit production of models (parts, layouts) makes 3D printing an attractive idea, but not everyone has got a 3D printer or knows how to use one – this is where you step in to earn some extra income.
Here’s some ideas:
- 3D printers print 3D printers – all owners of 3D printers know that this is not a joke, but a completely commercial thing. Of course, no one can print an entire 3D printer, but it prints parts for assembly, fasteners, and structural elements. The demand for printing spare parts is quite high because many people assemble 3D printers with their own hands.
- You can sell parts and models. Repair shops that constantly need various gears, cases and parts will be keen to buy your products.
- Connect with local hobby groups such as Cosplayers and D&D’s and show them what you can make, you’ll find plenty of customers eager to order special and unique products from you.
3D Printers Are Fun
OK, so we’ve pretty much covered this already in all of the other points because, whichever way you look at it, whether it’s learning a new skill or to make extra money, 3D printing is fun! 3D printers are one of the greatest inventions of the century. Having high-tech 3D equipment at home and occasionally printing souvenirs for friends is cool. This is comparable to owning expensive gadgets such as the new iPhone, Google Glass, or VR helmet.
We do not live in the Stone Age, and our homes are filled with all kinds of modern equipment. Add some extra fun to your life and buy a 3D printer. Whether it’s for yourself, a gift for your children or a friend, you won’t regret buying a 3D printer for Christmas.