3D printing technology is an incredibly useful and versatile manufacturing approach that has grabbed the imagination enthusiasts. Among other things, what makes 3D printing stand out is simply the fact that it is a lot of fun. It is a satisfying sight to witness a 3D model from the screen take a material form right before your eyes. 3D printing is such an enjoyable method of creating art and creative pieces. The popularity of 3D printing has soared immensely over the past few years. Now, designers and creators of all ages are utilizing this phenomenal novel technology to make all sorts of wild and marvelous items. 3D printing has made it possible to print a lot of things that were previously impossible to create at home.
Things About 3D Printing Your Kids Don’t Want You to Know
Although 3D printing is rightfully lauded for helping the creators develop useful and innovative solutions, the models do not always have to be practical and functional. Especially when it comes to kids, they can leverage 3D printing prowess to play practical jokes and pranks. Making mischief and pulling fun pranks as a family is a seriously fun way to bond, get silly, and raise everyone’s spirits. Here are some of the fun (and useless) 3D models kids can make at home.
The classic poop emoji can take a physical form with the help of a 3D printer. It is certainly a mischievous idea to print this model, but what can we say, these are the joys of 3D printing technology.
Poop Emoji Cookie Cutter
3D printed cookie cutter models are a thing of beauty and can help create some fantastic cookie designs for the baking enthusiast. Then again, introducing a poop emoji cookie cutter to the equation might not go well with the parents. Nonetheless, it is surely a fun way to use the 3D printer at home.
Chocolate bar prank
This one takes the cake when it comes to 3D printed pranks. Kids can print this realistic looking 3D printed chocolate bar and replace it with an actual one inside a wrapper. The reactions will be amusing, not so much for the one who tried to sink their teeth into a plastic bar.
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Kongo’s Bugging Eyeballs
As amazing as 3D printing has been when it comes to providing prosthetic solutions, this is not one of those cases. Instead, these bugging eyeballs are meant for to the section of the populace that has either “recently moved to a town with a populace mutated by pollution, radiation or demonic forces,” or the ones who think that their face “should reflect the dread you experience whenever you contemplate existence in an infinite, uncaring universe?.” Well, these 3D printed might be of some use come Halloween time.
Computer Monitor Catapult Prank
It is a fully 3D printed catapult that the kids can use to prank their elders. It can be printed in either ABS or PLA. The catapult can either be attached to the computer monitor with duct tape or foam tape. Use a lightweight fishing string the connect the trigger to the mouse or keyboard cable. Once set, it can be loaded with preferably something that does not ruin the computer parts it comes into contact with.
Remember, when we mentioned the ability to create hyper-realistic models with a 3D printer? Well, that came back to bite. Using models like this, kids can create 3D printed flies, bees, and wasps. Concealed inside a pack of chips or a box of cookies, they will create an incredible jump scare. Or they can be used to keep others away from your food.
Flying Surprise Butterfly Prank Toy
This flying surprise butterfly requires a bit more effort to set up, but the results are remarkable, especially on unsuspecting victims. These neat rubber band powered surprise butterflies fly out when people open cards, books, or packages. All that is needed to assemble the printed parts are rubber bands and glue.
Spider Scare Box
This 3D printed version of a scare box can be used to house different 3D printed bugs like flies, lizards, cockroaches, spiders, and much more. It also requires a bit more effort to set up. You will need a wire bent in a diameter of around 80mm, trimmed to the needed length. Further, you will need a thread to pull the bug out of the box. The thread has to be fixed at the lug on the spool. Fix the other end to the lid at the correct position. Once correctly set up, it will jump to greet whoever opens the box/
Just hearing the name and the thought of finding a cockroach makes most people squirm. This awesome model is based on an American Cockroach. The body is 40mm long, and the legs are 1mm wide, and antennas are 0.5mm wide, and the total print is 2mm. You can simply print out a couple of these creepy-crawlies and let the pranks begin.
This prank has the potential to score serious scolding from the parents, just because of the amazing results. Printing the model in white makes for a fun 3D printed take on this classic prank. It was also designed to work with the milk cartons with a twist top. For old school cartons, just using the spill will still freak someone out. There are two spills, a full spill, and a spill with a carton cut out for your pranking needs.
Bonus: Electrical Outlet
This faux electrical outlet may work better if attempted on guests or someone not familiar with the placement of outlets at your home. Stick these around and watch people try to plug their devices without success. Who knew so much joy could be had with a bit of PLA and double-sided tape?
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