13 Free 3D Printing Ideas for Beginners

I am always looking for new 3D printing ideas to put my printers to work. In this article I will cover my top 3D printing designs for beginners. These models are easy to print, without much fiddling around in the slicer.

Because I’m a big fan of 3D models that don’t require supports, all of the 3D printing ideas covered in this article will just need to be imported, sliced and then printed.
So without further ado, let’s get right to it.

Koholint Island by Jukka Seppänen

Let’s start the 3D printing ideas article with the incredible Koholint Island by Jukka Seppänen. It’s one of my favorite 3D printing designs from Jukka. And Jukka is one of my favorite 3D model designers from MyMiniFactory. He has a lot of free models from which you can choose from.

The Island is easy to print, does not require a lot of filament and you get an awesome display piece in the end.

The printing details for this model:

  • Printer: Artillery Genius, Sidewinder X1, Sapphire Plus and BLV Cube
  • Material: Devil Design Ocean Blue, Dark Grey PLA, White PLA, Green PETG and Sakata Gold PLA
  • Layer Height: 0.15mm
  • Nozzle Temperature: 205C for PLA / 230 for PETG
  • Bed Temperature: 60C
  • Print Speed: 50mm/s

Bender from Alsamen

Bender from Alsamen is a gorgeous model which does not require any kind of supports and prints beautifully. Make sure you check Alsamen’s Cults profile for other 3D printing ideas. Most of his designs do not require any kind of supports, so they are great for any beginner looking for something cool to print.

I printed over a dozen models from his portfolio and each of them came out beautifully. He’s on my follow list and each time something new comes, one of my printers starts melting filament.

The printing details for this model:

  • Printer: Artillery Genius
  • Material: Gembird Silver Silk PLA
  • Layer Height: 0.1mm
  • Nozzle Temperature: 205C
  • Bed Temperature: 60C
  • Print Speed: 50mm/s

Jon Snow Bust by Eastman

Next print on the 3D printing ideas list is John Snow by Eastman. I am a huge fan of Eastman’s models and this one is one of it’s best work. Head over to his MyMiniFactory profile for other 3D printing designs. He mostly does easy to print busts and you can also join his Patreon for models which are not available online. Well worth it!
Unfortunately, the images below don’t do the model justice.

The printing details for this model:

  • Printer: Artillery Genius
  • Material: Gembird Marble PLA
  • Layer Height: 0.16mm
  • Nozzle Temperature: 210C
  • Bed Temperature: 60C
  • Print Speed: 50mm/s

Joker by Inspyre3D

Joker by Inspyre3D was my first test print during the review of the TwoTrees Sapphire Plus printer. It came out really well and because of Christopher’s smart design, I was able to print it without supports. For the most amount of detail possible, I recommend to print this model with a low layer height.

And if you are looking for more 3D printing designs, or want to support Chris, head over to his Patreon page.

The printing details for this model:

  • Printer: Sapphire Plus
  • Material: Gembird Silk Green PLA
  • Layer Height: 0.15mm
  • Nozzle Temperature: 205C
  • Bed Temperature: 60C
  • Print Speed: 70mm/s

Baby Yoda from Star Wars by Rober Rollin

I printed Baby Yoda from Star Wars by Rober Rollin during my Dragon Hotend Review I did a while back. It was my first print from his 3D printing designs, and I got hooked. Meanwhile, I printed other models from his collection.
Make sure you check out his Patreon for other 3D printing ideas. If you join, you can also do requests for models. Awesome!

The printing details for this model:

  • Printer: Creality CR-10S PRO
  • Material: Sakata 3D Ingeo 3D850 Gold PLA
  • Layer Height: 0.15mm
  • Nozzle Temperature: 195C
  • Bed Temperature: 60C
  • Print Speed: 60mm/s

Talumihl – Master of Festivities by Bendasie

I could not believe it when Talumihl – Master of Festivities by Bendasie print finished without any kind of supports. The level of detail is insane!
I think it’s well worth checking out Bendasie’s Thingiverse Profile for other 3D printing ideas. He does an awesome job when it comes to detailed models.

The printing details for this model:

  • Printer: Sapphire Plus
  • Material: Gembird Silver Silk PLA
  • Layer Height: 0.12mm
  • Nozzle Temperature: 210C
  • Bed Temperature: 60C
  • Print Speed: 50mm/s

Stagroot by Jukka Seppänen

The Stagroot by Jukka Seppänen is a really amazing model which can be printed without any supports. It can also be used as a print test for stringing. That’s how I used it during my Sapphire Plus review.
But if you have a well calibrated machine, no need to worry. The model will look great when finished.

The printing details for this model:

  • Printer: Sapphire Plus
  • Material: Sakata 3D Ingeo 3D850 Gold PLA
  • Layer Height: 0.15mm
  • Nozzle Temperature: 210C
  • Bed Temperature: 60C
  • Print Speed: 70mm/s

Banzai Bill by Forge #D

Banzai Bill by Forge 3D is a really nice model which can be printed in multiple colored parts. It’s one of the best 3D printing ideas for a kid, or to test your 3D printer’s calibration.
Martin has other multi-color 3D printing designs available on his MyMiniFactory profile so make sure you check it out.

The printing details for this model:

  • Printer: Artillery Genius
  • Material: Devil Design Black, Red and White PLA
  • Layer Height: 0.15mm
  • Nozzle Temperature: 205C
  • Bed Temperature: 60C
  • Print Speed: 70mm/s

Earthworm Jim by Inspyre3D

Earthworm Jim by Inspyre3D is the second model I printed from his MyMiniFactory page. Most of the print does not require supports, but you need to add some under the head.
Yeah, I know. I promised I will share only 3D printing ideas with no need for supports. But this model came out so well, it hard to skip it.

The printing details for this model:

Donkey Kong by Alsamen

I printed Donkey Kong by Alsamen with my first roll of Silk Copper filament from Sunlu, and I was not expecting to get such a beautiful print. Well, the Artillery Genius did it again, and the awesome models from Alsamen can only add to it’s performance. Not much to say here. Download the model, and print one for yourself!

The printing details for this model:

  • Printer: Artillery Genius
  • Material: Sunlu Silk Red Copper PLA
  • Layer Height: 0.16mm
  • Nozzle Temperature: 210C
  • Bed Temperature: 60C
  • Print Speed: 50mm/s

Werewolf by Rocket Pig Games

The Werewolf by Rocket Pig Games was printed during my Artillery Sidewinder X1 review. It came out really well and the Gold filament from Devil Design is really close to the real deal.
If you haven’t heard about Rocket Pig Games before, you can visit their MyMiniFactory profile here. Most of their models are paid, but you join their Patreon for monthly 3D printing ideas.

The printing details for this model:

  • Printer: Sidewinder X1
  • Material: Devil Design Gold PLA
  • Layer Height: 0.15mm
  • Nozzle Temperature: 205C
  • Bed Temperature: 60C
  • Print Speed: 60mm/s

Vortex Keep by Jukka Seppänen

Did I mention I love Jukka’s 3D printing designs? Here’s the Vortex Keep by Jukka Seppänen which is my latest print from him.
Really easy to print and assemble. It took me a few days of printing, but I think the results are great.

I can’t wait for other 3D printing ideas coming from Jukka. My printers are ready!

The printing details for this model:

Orchids Lamp by Sid Naique

Ever since I first discovered the Orchids Lamp by Sid Naique, I knew I need to print it. I was lucky enough to get it for free when he had a promotion, and the results can be seen below. It’s an amazing model, with an intricate design and not hard to print. I think it was mainly designed to be used as a lamp, but I like it better as a display piece.

While you’re there, check out his other 3D printing designs. He models the most detailed busts I have ever seen. You can also follow Sid and support him on Patreon.

The printing details for this model:

  • Printer: BLV MGN Cube
  • Material: Sakata 3D Ingeo 3D850 Gold PLA
  • Layer Height: 0.16mm
  • Nozzle Temperature: 210C
  • Bed Temperature: 60C
  • Print Speed: 50mm/s
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