Every weekday here on Hypertext we feature a new 3D print made by the community, and 2018 has been another great year of projects.

It was tough narrowing it down to our five favourites, but the following list won out exemplifying some aspect of the hobby.

Make sure to click on the name of each print to be taken to our dedicated story for each project, which will walk you through how each of them came to be, including insight from the people responsible for them.

You’ll also find links to the files for every print hosted on Thingiverse, so you can try your hand at making your own over the holidays.

If you’d like to see every print featured so far, head on over to the 3D Print of the Day archive.

If you have a print you’d like for use to feature, drop us an email.

Titanfall 2 articulated Vanguard mechs David Spinella  

Titanfall 2 will forever be an underappreciated game that got screwed at launch by being released too close to other large titles, but that doesn’t mean the community hasn’t immortalised the games with tributes like this: a pair of articulated prints for the Vanguard mech.

Each of these are 20.5 centimetres tall, made up of 48 pieces and have movement in the main areas you’d expect, including the central “eye”.

One is painted up as BT-7274 (the green one on the left and the mech that players use during the singleplayer) and the red one is based on the MOB-1316 which appears at the beginning of the game.

Download for free from Thingiverse. 


T-35A RC tank by Dean Rauch

While a 3D printed prop that sits on the shelf or wall is great, there’s something fantastical about making them move, which this RC tank does. Not only does it drive around, but the turrets also swivel and a smoke machine is used to imitate exhaust fumes.

To top all of that off, this has one of the best paint jobs we’ve ever seen on a print. The weathering here is top notch and the subtle rust effect around the bolts is completely convincing.

It’s also appropriately hefty at 60.7 X 20 X 21.4 centimetres, making it around 1/35th scale.

Download for free from Thingiverse.


Atlas mech from BattleTech by Robert Davie 

Most of the 3D prints we feature come from overseas, which makes this one from a local maker all the more impressive.

Not only is this a faithful recreation of the famous Atlas but, much like the Vanguard mech, it’s articulated in many places.

It also features a phenomenal paint job and acted as the first in a series of similar projects from Davie. See his Hellbringer and Huntsman recreations to be similarly impressed.

Download for free from Thingiverse.


Working Mario question block by Jonathan Whalen

Inside of this 14.5 centimetre cube – modelled after the question block in Mario – is an Arduino, a motor, a vibration sensor and a 9V battery.

These components work together to hold up to three coins. Hit the bock from any side (as Mario may do by jumping into it) and one of the three coins it can hold will pop out.

The coins themselves are US $1 gold coins, but there’s also the option to print out your own fake currency should you, like us, not have access to those.

Download for free from Thingiverse.


Realistic Futurama Hypnotoad by Jason Sly 

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