Create Your Own Dollhouse with a 3D Printer

Create Your Own Dollhouse with a 3D Printer

A dollhouse is considered a standard toy for little girls. It is believed that playing with dollhouses can help a child develop creativity as well as social skills. But collecting and playing with dollhouses is not an activity that is limited to children. There are many adult collectors of dollhouses who spend a fortune on these toys.

Making a dollhouse can be a very tedious task. You put together all those small parts to make your miniature house, paint it and design its interiors as well. There are dollhouse kits that you can buy from toy stores and craft stores, but they are still tedious to assemble. One way that you can make creating a dollhouse easier, though, is through 3D printing.

How 3D Printing Makes Dollhouse Crafting Easier

In 3D printing, an object is created from a set of 3D images that have been scanned or drawn using computer-assisted design or CAD software. The image is then sliced into layers at the cross-section. When the image file is fed to the 3D printer, the printer reproduces the object layer by layer.

You can actually cut back a lot of time in creating your dollhouse with 3D printing. The painstaking hours that you may need to devote to drawing up plans for your dollhouse then building it up bit by bit can be shortened significantly. With a 3D printer, you can simply watch the dollhouse rise up before your eyes as the printer does its work. Or, if your dollhouse is too big for the printer to process, you can just print out the parts then glue them together. Some 3D printers allow you to use colored resins so you may not have to paint your dollhouse anymore.

What is even more delightful about creating your dollhouse with a 3D printer is that you can even make the miniature furniture, decorations and dolls using the printer. This will give you the opportunity to create one-of-a-kind accessories for your dollhouse instead of buying them from a supplier. Even better, you can copy a collector’s item with your printer and no one will ever know that it is only a copy of the real thing.

Making Dollhouses Can be a Group Project

If you have a young daughter that you want to introduce to the joy of making and playing with dollhouses, the idea of printing the dollhouse can be a delightful and engaging project that you can work on with your daughter. She can design the dollhouse however she wants and you can input her design on your CAD software. Then, together, the two of you can watch the 3D printer come up with the parts that will eventually become the dollhouse that she designed layer by layer.

Not only will this project become a bonding activity between you and your daughter, but this can also be an opportunity for her to develop her creativity. This is one priceless advantage that you can have from a 3D printer.

This Article is written by John C Arkin.


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