19 DIY Lamp Shade (Most for Free)

You know what 3D printing is really good for? DIY lamp shades, that’s what. Here’s a selection of free & premium designs to 3D print yourself.

Here at ALL3DP, one of our favorite applications for 3D printing is custom lamp designs to light up the darkness.

In fact, digging around on specialist content repositories like Cults 3D, you can find some stunning examples of DIY lamp shades.

Presented below is a selection of the best designs. Please note that the majority of these models are free to download, except where otherwise noted for premium models.

DIY Lamp Shade #1: M&O Paris lamp

This beautiful lamp was inspired by the most famous building in Paris, the Eiffel Tower. Designed and engineered by Samuel N. Bernier, a Canadian industrial designer, this item can be easily produced using any conventional desktop 3D printer. It’s printed in several pieces however, so some assembly is required.

DIY Lamp Shade #2: Lump

The low-poly Lump is a rather endearing lamp shade. It’s pretty minimalist, granted, but it’s also incredibly easy to fabricate on a 3D printer. You won’t need any supports or rafts, so there’s no fuss or muss. Make a couple of these in any color you like, and have an instant upgrade to any light fitting in your house.

DIY Lamp Shade #3: LampiON Lamp Shade

The LampiON lamp shade is a premium design, retailing for 15 euro, which is made of two separate parts modelled on a simple hexagonal grid. You can either use one or both parts in a single construct, layering one over the other, depending on your personal style. It looks cool, for example, if you print the “web” is a different color.

DIY Lamp Shade #4: Ribone Cross One

From award winning designer Martin Žampach, Ribone Cross One is a striking design of intersecting lines. Combine this lamp shade with a dimmer switch, and it gives off a pulsing optical illusion when the lights are turned on. This premium design retails for 10 euro.

DIY Lamp Shade #5: The Pumpkin Lamp

The Pumpkin Lamp, a.k.a. “La Citrouille D’Omar”, is a novelty item perhaps best saved for the Halloween season (unless you’re one of those folks with a pale complexion for whom it’s Halloween all year long). Print off several and pair them up with green light cables, and enjoy your light-up pumpkin patch.

DIY Lamp Shade #6: Artichoke Lamp

Inspired by another vegetable, this time the leaves of an artichoke, this beautiful lamp shade would make a nice addition for the home or office. You can use any standard hanging light cord and a low temp bulb.

DIY Lamp Shade #7: SMF.01

The SMF.01 is an elegant floor lamp assembled from 3D printable components plus wood strips and a light cord with light bulb socket. The STL files retail for 6 euro, and you’ll have to supply the rest of the components yourself. It’s a neat idea, to make your own furniture. In fact, that’s exactly what SMF stands for — Self Made Furniture.

DIY Lamp Shade#8: Valeria Lamp

The Valeria lamp is a very sophisticated design. So sophisticated, in fact, it wouldn’t look amiss in the library of Ron Burgundy, with its mahogany shelves filled with leather books. The small dimensions of Valeria make it most useful as a table lamp, and it’s easy to assemble and print. This premium model retails for 3.99 euro.

DIY Lamp Shade #9: Night Light

The Night Light emits a warm reassuring glow, perfect for keeping nightmares at bay. And check out its sibling, the Spot Light, if you’d prefer some disco-flavored shenanigans with your interior lighting.

DIY Lamp Shade#10: Iceberg Lamp Shade

Like the Lump, the Iceberg is a DIY lamp shade with a low-poly design, but this item is more visually ambitious. Its angles have mutated and grown to an intimidating size. It should still be relatively easy to print, though. The Iceberg is a premium design that retails for 15 euro.

DIY Lamp Shade #11: Anna Flower Light

The Anna Flower Light is truly a labor of love — designer Gordon LaPlante says he made it “for my love and the co-founder of gCreate, Anna Lee”. The light resembles a hanging flower and projects light evenly across the room, while also providing ample down light.

DIY Lamp Shade #12: Z-Lamp

Another lamp from designer Helder Santos — this time offered via the collective EUMAKERS umbrella — and we’re getting another strong Ron Burgundy vibe from the Z-Lamp. Reasonably certain that Mr. Santos is a fan of the “Anchorman” films… and there’s absolutely no shame in that!

DIY Lamp Shade #13: Ribone Collection

The Ribone takes its inspiration from the visual aestheic of heat-sinks on industrial lamps or LED bulbs. And hey, it looks positively super. This premium model retails for 10 euro.

DIY Lamp Shade #14: LUX Lamp

According to its designer, the LUX lamp “celebrates the light in the darkest time of the year, winter.” It was designed and printed during the Lux Helsinki light festival in January this year. This truly remarkable design is a premium model and can be yours for just 1 euro.

DIY Lamp Shade #15: Clasp

You won’t get much shade from the Clasp, but it’s a smart little ornament nonetheless. A disembodied hand has a tight grip on the light bulb, whilst the power cord and switch trails out just below the wrist. The cool thing about this design is its versatility; it can also be attached to a wall socket and keep ahold of your phone while it’s charging.

DIY Lamp Shade #16: Monkey and Bunny Voronoi Lamps

These voronoi lamps are pretty dazzling, and you’ll want to dims the lights elsewhere in the room to see the full effect. Available as either “monkey” or “bunny“, the shades have been designed to cast some delightful shadows on the walls. Designer mingshiuan has actually created a whole series of lamps in this style, like a skull or a heart, and it’s definitely worth checking out the whole series.

DIY Lamp Shade #17: Ghost Lightclip

Convert the LED light on your smartphone into a spooooky desk lamp with the Ghost, part of the Lightclip series from Lab02. Other Lightclips include a Ninja Ghost and a Batman Bat-signal. These designs are great, but unfortunately they’re compatible with iPhone 5 / 5s and iPhone 4 / 4s only. Some adjustment of the STL files might be necessary!

DIY Lamp Shade #18: Lampe

The Lampe is a great functional print from designer extraordinaire Agustin Flowalistik. You may have encountered his low-poly Pokemon, but now he’s branching out into practical designs with a stylish flourish. With accessibility in mind, no screws or glue are required to assemble the Lampe, and it can be printed on any printer with a 120 x 120 x 120 mm printing surface (heated bed not necessary if using PLA).

DIY Lamp Shade #19: Square LED Lamp

One more roll of the dice from Helder Santos, and he’s taking a step back from the “Anchorman” influence for a more retrofuturistic design. This is a simple, elegant LED lamp designed to house a 60 cm 12V LED strip. It features a battery compartment, so it can be mounted without needing a power socket nearby. The Square can be 3D printed without supports, and doesn’t require glue or screws to be assembled.

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A 3D printed robot salamander that can walk, crawl and even swim underwater

Researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have developed a robot which accurately mimics the gait and movement of a salamander. ‘Pleurobot’ consists of 3D printed bones and motorized joints, and could be used in the development of medical devices.

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While X-rays are most commonly used to look at broken bones and other human bodily problems, the technology can also be used to learn about animals, potentially paving the way for radical new developments in robotics, medicine, and other fields. When a team of scientists from EPFL’s Biorobotics Laboratory recently put a live salamander under an X-ray, they weren’t sizing it up for a new leg brace. Instead, they wanted to observe the motion of the ancient amphibian’s skeleton in order to better understand how it moves, enabling them to build a realistic robotic version of the creature and learn a thing or two about the evolution of vertebrate locomotion at the same time.

The partially 3D printed salamander robot consists of 3D printed bones, motorized joints, and a “nervous system” made up of electronic circuitry. A fun project then, but the researchers also believe the robot to be more biomimetically realistic than any other robo-salamanders out there. And no, before you ask, that’s not an insignificant achievement: the EPFL team, led by Prof. Auke Ijspeert, had actually developed a number of realistic salamander robots before Pleurobot, but none of those previous models were designed with close reference to the 3D motion of the creature’s skeleton.



Pleurobot, then, is a salamander robot like no other. By capturing X-ray videos of a real, living Pleurodeles waltl from the top and side, tracking 64 individual points on its skeleton, the scientists were able to observe the amphibian’s skeletal motions while it made different kinds of movement on the ground and in water. By mimicking those skeletal movements, the 3D printed robot is able to walk and swim in much the same way as its living counterpart. “What is new is really our approach to building Pleurobot,” Ijspeert explained. “It involves striking a balance between designing a simplified bone structure and replicating the salamander’s gait in three dimensions.”

Although directly inspired by the skeletal movement of the salamander, Pleurobot actually contains fewer “bones” than the real creature, with 27 motors and 11 segments making up entire spinal section. The salamander, on the other hand, has 40 vertebrae and multiple joints able to move different directions. Despite being anatomically simpler than its organic inspiration, however, the 3D printed robot actually contains the minimum number of segments required to accurate replicate the motion of the salamander.


It has been demonstrated that electrical stimulation of the salamander’s spinal cord determines whether it walks, crawls, or swims, but by observing and robotically replicating the movements of the creature, Ijspeert and co can now learn more about how exactly the spinal cord controls bodily movement—not just in the salamander, but in humans too. With this knowledge, the EPFL scientists and their peers may be able to develop future therapies and neuroprosthetic devices for amputees and paraplegic patients.

“Animal locomotion is an inherently complex process,” said Kostas Karakasilliotis, designer of the early versions of the Pleurobot. “Modern tools like cineradiography, 3D printing, and fast computing help us draw closer and closer to understanding and replicating it.”

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3D printed teaching aids enhance education for visually impaired students

Blind students in South Korea are learning in a whole new way thanks to new research on 3D printing for the visually impaired.

New research from the 3D printing Lab at South Korea’s Institute for Science and Technology (KAIST) has revealed that 3D printed tactile teaching aids, including 3D printed replicas of historical monuments and maps, can improve the literacy comprehension, and potentially even writing skills, of blind and visually impaired students.

For both students and teachers, relying on text-only material to teach complex subjects, from geography to history and even math, can be frustrating, if not impossible. While theories can be tentatively explained, visual aids such as diagrams, illustrations, or even physical models provide a much deeper understanding, and are already frequently used in classrooms across the world.

Visually impaired students, however, remain quite limited in this aspect of their education. While accessibility standards are on the rise, the focus has been on upping the number of Braille textbooks or audio guides, which still rely on dry textual descriptions.

Jang Hee I, one of the researchers at the 3D Printing Lab, explains that he and his teammates knew 3D printing could help these students, but it wasn’t until they actually began working with teachers and students that they understood how. Originally, he explains, they wanted to use 3D printing to enhance the Braille reading materials already in use in the classrooms. They soon realized, however, that the visually impaired students would benefit far more from actual physical models that they could feel and touch rather than yet more textual descriptions.

Examples of the 3D printed tactile maps and historical artifacts

They thus redesigned the research project and began 3D printing educational models, such as monuments and maps discussed in their history class. Specifically, the researchers 3D printed 11 tactile maps and 27 different relics. Over a period of three months, four students from the Seoul National School for the Blind used the 3D printed aids (in tandem with traditional text-based materials), while the research team monitored their progress.

Not only did the 3D printed tactile aids help with the students’ overall comprehension of the material, but they also helped the students become more engaged and motivated with their history curriculum.

“[It] used to be that you have to explain in words, so they were able to see what those monuments look like,” explained Jang Hee I. “But they were able to touch it, they were able to figure out what it looked like and they could not only motivate them to learn more about history but to also help them with comprehension.”

Both teachers and students agreed that the 3D printed monuments helped explain and/or understand the course material more easily than textbooks alone. Because 3D printing is affordable and customizable, there’s no reason to stop at just one subject. 3D printed planets could help students comprehend the solar system, while 3D printed organ models have already been a boon in biology classes.

Having demonstrated that 3D printed educational aids can help visually impaired students improve their memory and literacy comprehension, the research team plans to extend their project to see if visually impaired students can also use 3D printed aids to improve their writing abilities. The results of that study are expected to be published soon.

KAIST’s report can be found via the American Foundation for the Blind. You can also watch Jang Hee I describe his part in the research in the IENN video below:

Of course, this is not the first time researchers and educators have realized the great potential of 3D printing to improve the quality of life for the visually impaired. 3D printed tactile maps, 3D printed tactile books, and 3D printed art are just a few examples, and even more excitingly, Canadian company Tactile Vision Graphics is working on a 3D printer designed specifically to 3D print Braille onto everyday objects, bringing enhanced accessibility well within reach to those in need.

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US Military Uses 3D Printing to Create Swarms of Mini-Drones

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No country in the world spends more on their military defense than the United States, which is constantly utilizing emerging technologies to try and keep themselves a step ahead of other global superpowers like China and Russia. One big area of research, as many people are aware of, is drone technology, which has allowed the military to use unmanned aircraft to do their dirty work. Now, it’s important to note that drones are more than just potential military weapons, they’re also being used a means of entertainment and exploration as well. 3D printing technology can oftentimes play a major role in the production of these unmanned aircraft, and has helped to manufacture drones for both a variety of uses, such as extreme drone racing and space exploration.

After hinting that micro-drones would be a part of the increased military budget to-do-list last month, which amounted to an increase of $582.7 billion, the Pentagon has just revealed that their micro-drone program is finally in action. The micro-drones, created with 3D printing technology not fully detailed in the budget report, were experimented with in Alaska last summer and are now being brought to the public eye. The experiment was conducted by the Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO), founded to help cultivate strategic counter measures against threats from Russia and China.

These micro-drones can actually be launched from the flare dispensers of various US fighter jets. They are parachuted down in small-sized canisters, where the micro-drone wings then catch the wind with their one-inch propellers. According to SCO director William Roper, the 3D printed micro-drone swarms have been under testing since 2014, and aside from the canister launching, can also be dispersed by ground troops as well.

These newly developed 3D printed micro-drones are actually dispensed in swarms, and although their purpose is classified, they could potentially be used to confuse opposing forces and carry out more cost-effective surveillance missions. Each micro-drone weighs just about a pound each. The swarms are able to come together in packs and influence situational awareness from the moment they come out of the canister. 3D printing technology helped to ensure that the micro-drones had the appropriate strength for their miniaturized size.

The SCO office is currently located in the same building as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which is known for their focus on emerging technologies of the future. Though they share similar end-goals, the SCO is more of a wild card agency, and is focused primarily on creating ‘trick plays’ for the US military, using both old and new technologies to re-innovate defense strategy.“In a world of fast-morphing technologies and diverse threats, no single military capability or tech development strategy is going to ensure our national security,” said Arati Prabhakar, the director of DARPA.

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There has not been much public attention on the SCO until this year and, along with their 3D printed micro-drone experimentation, they have announced a few other projects and concepts to enhance the US military system. For instance, the Avatar project will focus on blending new high-tech fighter aircraft with older iterations, reengineering them to become new unmanned fight jets. SCO has also worked on the Arsenal Plane concept as well, which uses an undisclosed plane to transport a variety of weapons to nearby fighter jets. The 3D printed micro-drones makes up just a small portion of the Department of Defense’s gigantic budget increase, which ultimately seems to be centered around not just creating new weapons, but reintegrating old systems in a new and strategic way.

“We don’t have to develop new planes,” Roper said.We don’t have to develop fundamentally new weapons. But we have to work the integration and the concept of operation. And then you have a completely new capability, but you don’t have to wait long at all.”

—The article is from 3D Printing Industry

Educating Hungry Ravens with 3D Printed Tortoise Shells

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You may not have noticed the declining number of desert tortoises in the Southwestern US in recent years, but it hasn’t escaped the attention of a team of conservationists who have come up with a high-tech way to use 3D printed shells to educate their predators to leave them alone.

The initial image that came to mind was of a series of slowly marching herbivores, lazily munching on vegetation while fending off arial attacks via lasers that had been fitted to their shells. Apparently, however, that is both impractical and unnecessary and so for some reason has not been fully explored as an option. In the meantime, the conservationists have been working to create a series of 3D printed decoy shells to fool the hungry ravens who are all too often targeting the youngest of these tortoises as their meal of choice.
The thing about ravens though is that they are surprisingly clever. So, instead of simply creating decoy shells to distract the ravens, they are using these artificial carapaces as part of a raven re-education program. The plan is to place these decoy shells after having sprayed them with a non-toxic substance that the ravens find highly unappealing. It shouldn’t take too long for the ravens to realize that they are pecking at something awful smelling that doesn’t yield any reward and they may begin to simply discount tortoise hunting as a worthwhile expenditure of energy.

3D printed tortoise shell

The key here is that the ravens aren’t harmed, there’s no need to hunt them down or poison them, instead just fill them with a strong sense of doubt about the cost/benefit ratio of attempting to eat a small tortoise. It’s the same sort of aversion therapy that I wish would work for cockroaches or talkative children, I’d rather not squish them, but instead have them convinced that they must be in the wrong place and leave.

The faux-shells were created as part of a collaboration between Hardshell Labs and Autodesk and are also equipped with sensors that track the ways in which the ravens interact with them to provide more data about the predator’s behavior and to paint a picture of any improvements that need to be made. The initial phase of testing is underway, with three lures having been placed by conservation researcher William Boarman. He hopes to be able to conduct a larger scale test involving as many as 50 shells along with motion-triggered cameras to collect data about the predator interactions.

Boarman described the development of this unique approach to conservation and the contribution made by 3D         printing: “About 15 years ago, we used styrofoam models of juvenile tortoises that were nowhere near as authentic-looking as the 3D models are. Nearly 40% of those models were attacked by ravens, so we are confident the more realistic 3D ones will work. We are testing to see if other tortoise predators, such as coyotes and kit foxes, respond to the lures. If so, we could possibly use the models to train them with taste aversion not to eat tortoises. The applications [of this technology] to conservation are so broad they are only limited by conservationists’ creativity.”

Just how good are these fakes? Autodesk’s Tatjana Dzambazova thinks fooling the ravens is a sure bet. She’s showed them to colleagues and found that even when they know one of the shells they are looking at is fake, they can rarely distinguish which is which. This means the unsuspecting ravens are even less likely to spot the fake. Of course, there’s always the chance that they will detect the trickery using other means, but Hardshell Labs is ready to respond to whatever the ravens might bring.

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Tim Shields, the founder of Hardshell, described the type of information to be gathered as part of the perfection of these lures: “We hope to use these lures to assess predation frequency by recording attacks (beak marks made in soft ’tissue’ of the lure), videotape and photograph raven behavior as they approach and attack the lures, experiment with robotic versions adding the element of motion to the equation, and experiment with marking, trapping, and aversively training the birds. As we gain experience, we will probably find other combinations of predator and prey with whom this formula will work. We may ultimately be able to add an olfactory element by accurately ‘scenting’ the lures for species that identify prey both by sight and smell.”

So, short of lasers, shell mines, and extensive training in the art of taekwondo, these clever fakes seem to be an excellent way to engage in a non-damaging bit of conservation. And even if the tortoises don’t know it, their chances of survival are looking a whole lot better.

—The article is from 3D PRINT.COM

3D Technology May Be Key to Removing Tons of Explosives from WWII-Era Shipwreck

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This story reads like an edge-of-your-seat Hollywood action adventure film. The best stories are always true and, better still, in this one 3D technology is the hero.

n 1944, during the Second World War, the SS Richard Montgomery, an American Liberty ship built in 1943, wrecked in the Thames Estuary near Sheerness, UK not far from the large city of Kent. The ship, which had departed from Hog Island, Philadelphia in August and was heading for Cherbourg, France, was one of nearly 3,000 used during the war to carry cargo. When it sustained a devastating crack after dragging anchor on a sandbank and ultimately sunk, it was carrying 1,500 tons of explosives on board.

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Initially, a stevedore company was tasked with removing the volatile cargo from the SS Richard Montgomery but after only a day into the effort, the hull of the ship had cracked open, complicating the removal of the explosives. The removal effort continued for nearly a month but then was abandoned in late September of 1944. By that time, the ship had broken into two separate parts and the explosives remained on board.

The SS Richard Montgomery is, in essence, a “ticking time bomb.” The approximately 2,000 cases of cluster bombs and the hundreds of standard bombs, each of which weighs almost 1,000 lbs., have the potential to cause enormous damage. According to one historian, “the blast could cause a tidal wave,” and, warned New Scientist magazine in a 2004 article, “if the ship exploded, it would create one of the biggest non-nuclear blasts ever seen and would devastate the port of Sheerness, causing up to £1 billion (around $1.4 billion) damage.”

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Probably obviously, monitoring the condition of the explosives that are still on board the SS Richard Montgomery is of critical importance and this is where cutting-edge 3D technology comes in. The Maritime Coastline Agency, which spends around £40,000 (a little over $57,000) monitoring the ship 24/7 for years, recently used “multi-beam sonar technology” to create a remarkably detailed, 3D image of the ship. The incredible, high-resolution image allows the MCA, scientists and technicians to actually look inside of the hold of the vessel and to get a clearer sense of the position and state of the explosives.

The MCA did not indicate what the next steps might be in the high-stakes drama of the wreck of the SS Richard Montgomery but it seems clear that 3D technology will continue to play a key role in monitoring the ship and, hopefully, facilitating the long-awaited removal of the decades-old explosives that threaten the English coast. Tell us your thoughts on this issue in 3D Technology May Help Remove Explosives forum over at

—The article is from 3D PRINT.COM

A More Personal Shave Made Possible with 3D Printing from Phillips

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Hairy Dutch folks will be excited to hear that Dutch consumer brand Philips has begun the year with a promotion limited to the Netherlands. Now, if you’re located in Holland, you can go online and design a custom, 3D printed shell for your Phillips shaver. You’ll have to act fast, however, as the company is only 3D printing 125 copies of the shell.

At, you can begin personalizing your own shaver, selecting the size of the 3D printed scales, adding text, and choosing the type of guard you’re looking for, for beard or precision trimming. You’ll notice on the site that Phillips has partnered with Twikit for the customization of this product. Twikit has previously partnered with Auchan to bring 3D printing to European mega-stores. The design is then 3D printed in SLS nylon from Shapeways, a natural partner for the consumer brand as Shapeways was originally spun out of the lifestyle incubator of Royal Philips Electronics. The device itself is based on the company’s 5000 series, but you won’t be able to get this level of personalization with an off-the-shelf shaver.

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If you’re lucky enough to live in the Netherlands, not just because of this promotion but because of their great design scene and universal healthcare, you can head to the 3DShaver site now and register to get a $99 shaver. Not a bad price for a personalized product you might end up having to buy anyway? If things go well, who knows, maybe they’ll broaden the program to the rest of the world!

—The article is from 3D Printing Industry

Become Your Own 3D Printed Super Hero, Courtesy of Zortrax

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Out of all of the desktop 3D printer manufacturers out there, Zortrax may be among the best to show off their 3D printers’ capabilities through the creation of amazing 3D printable designs. Their robotic arm was a highly sought after item and their 3D printed MIDI controller was something I’m still looking to get my hands on. Their latest is a beautiful Batman-esque cowl sure to entice any cosplayer, despite not being associated with any actual superhero universe.

Jumping after the countless cosplay designs executed with 3D printing, Zortrax designer Piotr Czyżewski created a generic superhero character that could show off the capabilities of Zortrax 3D printers. On the back of the cowl is a spinal element, modeled after a protective shield, red LEDs are used to create the character’s red eyes.

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The 46 individual parts were sliced in Z-Suite and 3D printed over the course of 11 days, before being screwed together. No post-processing was required, given the already-polished look that HIPS, in this case Zotrax’s Z-HIPS, has when printed.

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Though it may take a bit of time to complete, Zortrax has made this mask available for free download so that, once you print the mask, you can put it all together yourself. All you’ll need is some 3 mm screws, an Allen wrench, 4 12-volt LED lights, cables, a 12V power supply, glue, and a soldering iron for wiring the LEDs and power supply. By giving away the files, Zortrax is demonstrating the customizability offered with 3D design and 3D printing. You can modify the design to your preference and 3D print the parts in the colors of your choice. If you’ve got a 3D scanner and the skills, you can even modify the design to fit your own head!

While it may not belong to a particular Super Hero universe, it is definitely worthy of one. Maybe a 3D Printed Justice League? Definitely not an original name, but it’s something. Anyway, I’m open to suggestions.

—The article is from 3D Printing Industry