With the 2016 school year drawing to a close my daughter and I were looking for something interesting and fun to give out to her classmates with their Christmas cards.
As further evidence of the fact that 3D Printing is Awesome I give you...
...the 3D-printed Build Your Own Snowman kit!
Having run out of white PLA filament printing the Yuletide Staff of Festivity for Enstaved I decided to have another go at printing with a roll of white ABS I picked up a while back but ultimately gave up on.
Employing the excellent ABS Puck Method I managed to get solid adhesion to the print bed and before long I had a small army of rather menacing-looking Snowmen on my workbench:
With the addition of their hats these little guys started to look a little friendlier:
Printing the orange carrot noses proved a little problematic as such tiny parts are difficult to get stuck to the print bed. In the end I found printing them in rows with a relatively large brim did the trick:
By comparison the twig arms printed much easier than I had expected:
Each snowman kit was individually bagged and as a finishing touch I added a label giving a clue as to how the completed kit should look:
Apparently the kids in my daughter's class were quite thrilled by these, so Mission Accomplished. The snowman kits would also make a great trinket to put inside some home-made Christmas crackers, something I'll probably do for Christmas 2017.
3D Printing - bringing a little magic to the holiday season!