3D printing Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer during the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. According to Wikipedia, the holiday evolved into an occasion in which two people expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”).



Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves and the figure of the ubiquitous winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards, although 3D printing offers Makers a new twist to a classic holiday.

Indeed, MakerBot is full of ideas for Valentine’s Day giftsWith Thingiverse Customizer, the MB crew is offering Makers the ability to personalize a token of affection for their loved ones.

Simply log on to Thingiverse, open the Monogram Pendant or Half Heart Monogram Pendant in Customizer and choose which letters you want to use. 

There are options for size font weight, and whether to join the initials with a heart shape.

Makers can also create an embossed monogram by opting for a backing on their pendant, then swapping the filament midway through the print.

Interested? You may also want to check out MakerBot’s 3D printed heart gears, candy heart box and heart ring, as well as the 3D printed Human Chromosome Jewellery Collection by Louise Hughes.

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