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The 2017 3D print calendar – 12 3D models that went viral this year

We’re only a couple of weeks away until the end of 2017– already?! Well, time does fly by, especially with so many things going on in the 3D printing industry and community. One of the best things we love to look out for are popular 3D print models.

YouTubers, designers and even manufacturers often launch cool 3D printing trends that 3D printing users are eager to follow up on.

Just like 9Gag users’ holy meme calendar, every month we update our 3D print calendar to keep track of the community’s latest 3D printable model craze. From Baby Groots to fidget spinners and squirrels, it’s safe to say that 2017 has been rich in 3D printing.

We’d like to give a shout out to all the unsung heroes of 3D printing: awesome 3D model designers that definitely don’t get all the recognition they deserve. Some are becoming famous, like Louise Driggers or Agustin Flowalistik, but there are hundreds of other designers that provide thousands of free models for the whole community. Thank you!

Anyways, here’s our recap of 2017’s most viral 3D models!

The 2017 3D print calendar

We made this compilation based on what was going on in our social media feeds (especially Twitter) and 3D printing community forums. There’s nothing scientific about it, but this calendar should nonetheless provide a good overview of what’s been going on this year.

A recap of 2017's 3D printing fads.

January – Baby Groot

It’s only natural that, after the release of the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 trailer, the adorable Baby Groot would make an appearance on everyone’s build plates. What’s not to love?

February – Save Pangolins

This little critter was created to raise awareness for the crisis that pangolins are facing. Poachers hunt this mammal to sell its meat and scales, which are believed by some to provide incredible medicinal properties.

Save Pangolins 3D print

March – Hairy Lion

The Hairy Lion is 3D printed with long, straight lines around its head. Users then apply heat (from a blowdryer, a heat gun or hot water) to stylize the lion’s mane. 3D Printing Nerd explains the process in one of his videos.

April – Fidget Spinners

Fidget spinners in all shapes, size, and colors were all the rage last Spring. Even people not owning a 3D printer probably still have at least one fidget spinner sitting around the house.

Fidget Spinner

  • On Pinshape: https://pinshape.com/items/29494-3d-printed-tri-spinner-fidget-toy
  • Price: free

Disclaimer: there are many, many fidget spinner models out there. We simply chose one of the most collected models on Thingiverse.

May – More Fidget Spinners!

We thought we’d be seeing something other than fidget spinners in our Twitter feeds as a new month began. We were wrong.

Fidget spinner

June – The Sorceress

This attractive pen holder, which came to save us from fidget spinners, was British designer loubie’s first public “pay for” model. 3D printing community members widely showed their support and shot out pen-holding sorceresses in a variety of colors and sizes.

July – MLP Based Unicorn

With inspiration from My Little Pony, this unicorn is the perfect occasion to test glitter filaments and rainbow material. Thanks for adding sparkles to July!

MLP Based Unicorn

August – Pickle Rick

What a delight it was to 3D print our own Pickle Rick. Any Rick and Morty fan will agree that the Pickle Rick episode is one of the funniest ones out there. Many variations of the basic Pickle Rick emerged, including ones with rat legs or other bizarre elements from Rick’s later transformation.

September – Squizzle

Designer loubie’s at it again! Many smooth and shiny squirrels emerged from this model to remind us that Fall was just around the corner.


October – MatterHackers’ 3D Phil

Like the famous Benchy, MatterHackers’ mascot 3D Phil (a.k.a. Phil A Ment) model aims to help users calibrate and troubleshoot their 3D printers. The model looks pretty cool, too!

MatterHackers Mascot Phil A Ment

November – JoelBot

The JoelBot is based on FatCeliac’s drawing of Joel Telling, a.k.a. 3D Printing Nerd on YouTube. This robot-like Joel, modeled by Travis (aPyroDesign), adds a friendly and welcoming touch to anyone’s desk.

December – Schrodinky

Once again, Louise Driggers is behind this great 3D printable model. This time it’s a cat (British Shorthair of course) in its favorite playground, a simple box.

Jolly bonus ?: another inevitable 3D print this winter is, obviously, a Christmas tree. We can spot many different models on the web, but the Candy Cane Christmas Tree stands out from the rest.

Candy Crane Christmas Tree

Special mention – Agustin Flowalistik

Also, we couldn’t not insert a special mention for Agustin Flowalistik, who doesn’t appear in this 3D print calendar albeit all the awesome, free models he creates! Agustin is a Spanish designer that often creates new designs, including low-poly everything (dogs, Pokemon, planes), Star Wars figurines, planters and more.

Finally, another big thank you to all the designers out there who regularly share free 3D models for everyone to 3D print.

See you next year for the 2018 3D print calendar. ?

About this author

Ludivine Cherdo

Ludivine is in charge of Aniwaa's content strategy and works towards providing useful, informative content, including detailed guides based on her deep knowledge of the additive manufacturing scene. She also reviews 3D printers and stays on top of the latest industry news and trends. After growing up in the US and living in Spain, Chile, and Cambodia, Ludivine is now based in France.