Great Father’s Day gifts to make with a 3D printer or Cricut

Some best fathers day gifts
ever received were made by my children. From homemade drawings to a jewelry box my daughter made in carpentry class, there is no end to the joy that a homemade gift brings me.

It’s now even easier to give cool gifts with the advent of home 3d printerslaser engravers and t-shirt manufacturers such as CricutMaker 3. If you have one, the door is open for you to give your dad a fun gift he can treasure.

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite gift ideas from the designer space to inspire you to make something cool for dad. Believe me, he will love it.

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Your dad is the best dad. Everyone knows it, except him. If you have a 3D printer at home, you can give it this great reward by TheCraftyBot to show it how you feel. It shows a person holding their child on their shoulders in a wonderfully minimalist way.

The base is the perfect size for adding the word “dad” or even your dad’s name. Use a program like 3D Builder – free with Windows PCs – to engrave names on 3D models and you can make it a truly personal reward.

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Cricut vinyl cutters look like they were made for t-shirts. It’s so easy to develop an idea, cut it out on the Cricut Explore 3, and put it on a t-shirt. I’m a huge Destiny fan, so my kids made me this shirt last year.

A special mention here to Cricut’s Infusible Ink. It lasts much longer than standard vinyl, so your dad will have his gift for much longer.

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If you’ve looked to Etsy for Father’s Day gifts, you may have noticed that engraved tools can be pricey. I made this custom hammer with my Fluxx Beamo and a $10 hammer from Lowes. I know this laser engraver seems expensive, but if you start an Etsy shop to sell your creations, it will quickly pay for itself.

Having a laser engraver makes it possible to engrave or engrave tools, eyewear, or even leather goods like wallets to make a previously purchased gift a little more personal.

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This design by Agustin is amazing. It’s a lockable wallet that can store cash and cards and can be printed in just about any color combination you can imagine. The design prints in just four pieces with minimal effort and the creator has even added an editable file in case you want to add some personal touches.

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There are many tutorials online on how to grab a piece of Google Maps data and turn it into an image that can be laser engraved. I used this one, which was very comprehensive. It uses an online app called Snazzymaps, which has a handy set of image optimization tools to turn any Google map data into laser-ready art.

After that, it was just a matter of creating a hexagon-shaped template (you can make it a circle, square, or whatever you want) and adding the image. If you want a slice of Brooklyn to rest your drink on, get my custom .svg file here.

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My dad comes to visit for a month a year from the UK, and this year we made him his own mug to keep here. Using the Cricut Easy Press and my Cricut Explore 3, we made her this simple “cup of Pappa” – Pappa is what my daughter calls her – in about 15 minutes. By using infusible ink and sublimation ready mugs, you can easily create amazing designs.

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Making Star Wars gifts on my 3D printer is one of my favorite things to do. This particular print is of a lightsaber with a retractable blade. It can be printed in 3 pieces so you can print the blade in different colors from the rest. This is an easy print that equals hours of fun for any Star Wars dad.

Searching for Star Wars on Thingiverse or Printables will yield a huge amount of models that you can print or use in your laser engraver.

So there you have it, just a little taste of the creative gifts you can produce with the right tool. Having one of these machines is a surefire way to get as many presents as you need, so do your dad a favor and get him something he’ll treasure forever.