3D Printed Gingerbread Man Ornament

Last week I printed a sorting hat ornament, so when I was trying to decide what to print next, I immediately went looking for other ornaments that I could print with brown filament before I switched to another color. So, with that in mind, I found a cute gingerbread man inspired by Gingy from Shrek. 

A gingerbread man was the perfect thing to print on our printer with the brown filament I already had loaded! So I sliced the design using .2 resolution and the recommended 80% infil.

Gingy took about an hour to print and turned out so well, that I went ahead and printed a second.

Of course, I could have gone to the trouble of pausing the print and finishing the icing with white filament, but I've never done that before, so I wimped out and opted to paint the icing. I tried a few methods which failed miserably (see the messy job above). I tried spreading a thin layer on a paper plate and stamping the ornament. It didn't transfer much paint, so I used a foam paint brush to "stamp" the paint on. That's what made the mess above. I also tried a small paint brush--which didn't have nearly enough control.

After doing my best to clean up the excess with a damp paper towel and some plastic cotton swabs, I ended up painting with the cotton swabs. It worked ok. So, I'm still looking for a good method for applying paint, but Q-tips/cotton swabs will do in a pinch.

I let them dry and hung up the less messy gingerbread man on my tree.


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