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3D printers have been a boon for rapid prototyping, but they’re not without their foibles. Whether it’s a faulty extruder, the piece sliding off the bed, a slipping belt, or any number of other errors, one might walk away from a print that’s begun and come back later to find something he/she had not expected.

Luckily, sometimes these failures can come out looking quite interesting. Here are 12 such examples that went right past bad and back to good again. If you’ve had similar experiences, please share them in the comments section.

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Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens’ educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.


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