4 Easy & Cheap Ways to Decorate 3D Prints

As I wrap up another successful class at my nonprofit 212 STEAM LABS, I wanted to share one final tip for your 3D prints. We have been spending time learning how to create using CAD with programs like Tinkercad and Vectary. We have moved into using Turtle Art to develop mathematical art designs to be 3D printed and cut out on vinyl.

One of the key pieces to understand when it comes to 3D printing is that the print is just a prototype. They are never designed to be a perfect looking finalized piece. However, with a bit of patience and an eye for detail you can take a simple one color print and make it look really nice.

I have created a short video explaining 4 ways to paint your prints using very cheap and simple materials.

Nail polish

Acrylic Paint

Spray Paint

Sharpie

These four methods work really well if you take your time and do it right. Be sure to let me know your other tricks of the trade so we can continue to refine our work to make it even better in the future.

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