Mar 16, 2016 | By Tess

Every year on March 17th, cities and towns around the world are painted green in celebration of Ireland’s foremost patron saint, Saint Patrick. The day, which traditionally celebrates the beginning of Christianity in Ireland and Irish culture in general, is a time for everyone, Irish or not, to indulge in all things from the Emerald Isle.

To help get the maker community in the mood for the upcoming Irish festival, we have put together a list of our top ten 3D printed Saint Patrick’s Day accessories, which can be worn, carried or used in your Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations, whether that be sitting in a pub with friends having a pint, partaking in a St. Patty’s Day parade, or singing traditional Irish folk songs.

1. 3D Printed Lucky Charms

Though it may seem obvious, what better way to get into the St. Patty’s Day mood than by adorning yourself with some 3D printed lucky charms? This set of 3D printable Irish inspired charms, available on Thingiverse, include a horseshoe, a leprechaun hat, and of course, a four leaf clover. The charms, which we suggest 3D printing in green, were uploaded by The Microsoft Store onto Thingiverse for anyone to make. And, as the charms take only 10-20 minutes to print (on a Replicator 2 at a 10% infill), what’s stopping you from making 3D printed lucky charms for all your friends! Be sure to spread the luck of the Irish this St. Patty’s Day.

2. 3D Printed Shamrock Box

If you happen to need something to hold your lucky charms, whether they are your 3D printed ones or the cereal, why not 3D print this charming shamrock box? Like the 3D printed charms, the shamrock box is a straightforward print, that does not require any supports or rafts and can be printed at a 50% infill. The box, unless it is scaled, measures  4.5 inches x 4.5 inches x 1 inch, and comes with a cover, to keep your lucky charms safe.

3. 3D Printed Shamrock Shot Glass

If you’re after a slightly more debaucherous St. Patty’s Day celebration, maybe this 3D printed shamrock shot glass is more your speed. The festive shot glass was uploaded by Thingiverse user Landru, who urges makers to enjoy his print but to also drink responsibly! Landru has also uploaded the .STL file as a solid object, if makers want to hollow the glass out themselves. Also important to note, as the shamrock glass will be used to house liquids, you may be better off printing at a high infill rate, as well as making sure you are using a food-safe plastic material. Bottoms up!

4. 3D Printed Celtic Coasters

Once you’ve had your shot, or perhaps have taken a sip from a fresh pint of Guinness, place your glass down on these awesome 3D printed celtic themed coasters, uploaded by Thingiverse maker ijprest. The coaster design was inspired by another item on our list (see #10) but has been modified in terms of its size and shape to better hold a glass. The 3D printed coasters, while a great accessory for Saint Patrick’s Day, could also be used yearlong to protect your furniture from dreaded glass rings.

5. 3D Printed Shamrock Eyeglasses

If you love Saint Patrick’s Day parades as much as I do, you know that dressing up for them is already half the fun. If you’ve got your green outfit laid out for the festivities already, think about adding these DIY 3D printable shamrock glasses to your ensemble. The 3D printed glasses, uploaded by Proto3000 are printed in separate parts—the frame and the legs—and can be easily assembled with no extra tools required. Check out the video below to see how shnazzy the 3D printed shamrock frames  can look.

6. 3D Printed Noisemaker

Every now and then makers need to make some noise, and what better way to be loud than with a 3D printed noisemaker at your local Saint Patrick’s Day parade? Along with your 3D printed shamrock glasses, and your lucky charms, you’re sure to turn some heads this March 17th with this loud accessory (though we can’t guarantee they will be happy heads!). This 3D printed noisemaker, uploaded by MakerBot, consists of four 3D printable parts including the body, the clicker, the gear, and the handle, which can be easily assembled by fitting the pieces together. The assembly does not require any additional parts, and as MakerBot suggests, the pieces can be printed at a 3% infill.

7. 3D Printed Shamrock Bookmark

There are of course those who prefer to avoid the crowds and cacophony of Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations, but that doesn’t mean that the day can’t be enjoyed more quietly. If you’ve planned to curl up with a cup of green tea and a good James Joyce or Oscar Wilde book this March 17th, why not save your page with this 3D printed shamrock bookmark? The print was designed by the Maker Club, which has made a series of 3D printed paperclips in the past, to pay homage to the Irish cultural celebration.

8. 3D Printed Shamrock Vase

If you’ve gone out to collect your own bunch of clovers to place in your windowsill or on your table this St. Patty’s Day, consider making your very own 3D printed shamrock vase to put them in. Thingiverse user UrbanAtWork recently uploaded the design for his 3D printed four leaf clover vase, and though his own print seems to have clogged at the top of the vase, there is potential to make a good print. The .STL file is a solid, so UrbanAtWork suggests printing with no fill and no roof and with a 0.2mm layer height.

9. 3D Printed Leprechaun Trap for kids

If you have lots of children to entertain this Saint Patrick’s Day or are looking for a fun way to get your child involved in 3D printing, Thingiverse user MrKindergarten has designed a fun 3D printed leprechaun trap for kids to play with. The trap, which consists of a 3D printed box, stick, and 3D printed gold, is simple enough to be introduced to younger children to get them interested in 3D printing. Not only that, the leprechaun trap is a fun game to play with your kids on St. Patty’s Day - as MrKindergarten suggests, when your kids are out of the room place some glitter and a small prize in the box to make them think they’ve caught a magical little creature!

10. 3D Printed Celtic Clover

To wrap up our list of 3D printed Saint Patrick’s Day things, there is this impressively designed 3D printed celtic clover. The piece, designed by student Dylan C. of UpperLakeHighTechnology, is a beautiful and intricately designed clover inspired by traditional Celtic art. The print pictured was additively manufactured on a SeeMeCNC Delta Orion in a green plastic and would make a stunning window or wall hanging. If you’re feeling extra festive this year, you could even sport the large shamrock as a pendant!

There it is, lads and lasses, our top 10 list of 3D printed Saint Patrick’s Day accessories and objects. As the day approaches, we suggest you load up on green filament and get printing! Erin go Bragh!



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Anja wrote at 3/20/2016 7:32:15 PM:

@MkrClub: In the article, we have already linked to your Thingiverse page. Nice work!

MkrClub (#7 in your list) wrote at 3/19/2016 7:11:02 PM:

If you're going to grab images from a website - the LEAST you could do is link back to our blog.

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