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Leapfrog 3D Printer Giveaway Makes Father’s Day BIG

What could make Father’s Day really feel big this year? How about a really big 3D printer for free? Leapfrog thought that would be really cool, so they’ve asked if we want to give one away. Of course we said yes.

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Leapfrog has offered up a Creatr XL printer. These things are really big, with a build area of 230 x 270 x 600 mm! That is like stacking two of most printers on top of each other. Not only that, but they come standard with dual extruders. You can print in 2 colors, or even print in two completely different materials. This means you could print with flexible materials and solids to make jointed objects, or even use a material that is dissolvable for supports that disappear without a trace.

This is quite the tool to have on your workbench, and a gift that Dad will be talking about for quite some time. At least one very lucky dad will!

Creatr XL 5 (1)smallHere are the full stats for the Creatr XL:

  • Outer dimensions: 500x600x900 mm
  • Build size [LxWxH]: 230x270x600 mm
  • Max. print volume: 37.2 liter
  • Positioning accuracy: 0.05 mm
  • Layer thickness: 0.05-0.35 mm
  • Heated print bed: Yes
  • Dual extruders: Yes
  • Professional software included: Yes
  • Material types: ABS, PLA, PVA, Laybrick, Nylon
  • Weight: 37 kg
  • Electrical connection: 100-240 V
  • Extruder size: 0.35 mm
  • Speed X and Y axis: up to 350 mm/sec
  • Extrusion speed: up to 60 mm/sec
  • Power consumption: 400 W
  • Production speed: 0.42 cm3/min
  • File format: STL, G-code
  • CE Certified: Yes

If you haven’t had a chance to play with a Leapfrog printer before, you’re in for a bit of a treat. They build these things to feel extremely solid. The construction is very high-quality and precise. It comes preassembled and calibrated so it should be as close to plug and play as a 3D printer gets!

How to enter:

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The singular down side is that we have only one to give away. Here’s how we’re going to do it. You leave a comment here about what you or your dad would likely print with one of these. Then, the Editors of Make: will gather around and judge the comments based on creativity. Can you make us think “aaaw, I should call my dad?” Can you make us laugh? Cry? We’ll decide on Thursday, June 19th.

The person who we all agree has the most creative comment gets the printer. It is that simple. If you want actual rules written by a lawyer, you can download them here (pdf).

627 thoughts on “Leapfrog 3D Printer Giveaway Makes Father’s Day BIG

  1. No idea what he would print. However, my dad is why I am a maker. He started early on teaching my brothers and I that we could make things – from Legos to wood and nails. We fixed cars, fences, sprinkler systems. I am a maker because my father is a maker.

  2. My father passed away at the relatively young age of 53. Even though the term “Maker” hadn’t been coined when he died, he was one. Besides the typical maker tweaks around the house and his car, he was a licensed pilot and built his own ultralight. His abilities inspired everyone who knew him. The biggest regret in my life is that my sons never got to meet him.

    He would have loved 3d printing technology. I can easily picture him printing out-of-production parts instead of hunting junkyards for them, and improving them on the way. Or simply improving the parts of his ultralight.

    So, what would do with a Creatr XL essentially dedicated to him? How about printing an appropriate memorial statue for his grave each fathers day? Or using it to try and copy him, and inspire my sons and nephews to be makers.

  3. I would print repraps for kids and for some local school to get involved in 3D printing and engineering technology, because if i were there when i was young, and would show myself and kids in my age (38 now) a 3D printer, surely much more life lines mightb be closer to technology and making. I would print dreams, and opportunity.

  4. I was fortunate to learn all my dad could share and become the DIY & person I am today. Now it’s my turn and the Leapfrog would be such an amazing way to share what I know with my son…

  5. I would help my Dad improve the design for the Robohand project that provides low-cost prosthetics to those who can’t afford the insanely expensive “normal” ones. I am an industrial designer and he is fluent in Spanish so we could help people in Latin countries. It would be fun.

  6. It wouldn’t be used with my Dad or my son. I would instead carry on the traditions my Grandpa gave to me and pass down to my Grandson. He’s just over a year old, so they would have to be more simple things, but I would print him all sorts of building toys. Gear shaped puzzles he can start putting together, rod and block type things, and the like. As he aged, we could expand on those toys together. Glue up the gear puzzle to be used as an actual gear with the rod and blocks involved and some rope I can start teaching him about simple machines. It would be a starting point to hopefully pass down the nail straightening skills my Grandpa taught to me. I look forward to the day he’ll be out in the shop with me. I kinda missed that with my boys, I married into the family when they were 13 and never had the oppertunity to give them a grounding in mechanical aptitudes.

  7. All Godzillas from all movies. In matching uniforms for WorldCup. After that, I’d have to ask my Dad. :-) He’d probably want to do something all humanitarian or educational with it, that’s just the kind of guy he is. Be he’s totally on board with with the ‘zillas for starters.

  8. I would try printing a simple brace for my daughter’s abnormal gait, and then start working on some cool play kitchen items and a custom powerwheel car. I’ve always wanted to 3D print my own scale model of a car engine as well! And I’ve got some designs for custom bodywork (aero kit parts).

    Happy early Father’s day, everyone. Especially to my dad, wherever you are!

  9. I am a Muslim. In Islam you are suppose to benefit your parents. My father has been through a lot for me. I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in the age of 10.I was hospitalised for 2 months. My Dad has been with me every inch of the way. I never got to pay back my Dad. I am who I am because of my Dad. If you give me this printer I will not keep it for myself but will gift it to my Dad. Even though it will not fully repay him for everything that he has done for me, at least it will put a smile on his face. I have not seen his smile in a long time. It will also do some justice to my religion by fulfilling the rights of my parents. My Dad and I would probably make a replication of Mecca.

  10. I would donate it to Remarkable STEAM, a not-for-profit dedicated to closing the education gap and creating jobs. Remarkable STEAM also produces the Westport Mini Maker Faire (Connecticut) and is building up programs to involve kids, dads and even moms become exposed to and excited about STEAM initiatives.

  11. My dad, an electrical engineer, motivated me to be a maker. Now I’m the assistant principal of a STEM school where I teach computer programming, soldering, nature photography, CAD, and Raspberry Pi design to middle schoolers. My daughter is known as Raspberry Pi Kid on her blog with almost 100,000 views. I’m using technology now to inspire hundreds of future makers a year.

  12. My Grandpa passed away years ago and loved to tinker. He was a diesel mechanic and fixed lawnmowers for neighbors. As a result, I love the smell of diesel and mowed our yard and his yard with a variety of mowers every week. He always talking about building a perpetual motion machine. As a tribute to him, I would carry on his dream of building that machine and print the parts with the 3D printer.

  13. My dad is one of the reasons I became a maker. When I was growing up we did not have a lot of money so we would have to fix things ourselves when things broke or we would just do without. My dad was always trying to fix things and never quite got there. I remember he once tried to fix the plug of our swamp cooler by wiring both wires to the positive side of the plug. At my young age I knew this was wrong and fixed it after he tried, my mom and I did not tell him.

    A few years later he left and I did not get to see him much. This made me the man of the house, as well as the handy man of the house. I learned so much and fixed or improved things around my house. I like to think I was a role model for my little brother.
    My step dad and mom have hit some hard times, and he is more of a maker then I am. I would love to give this printer to them and bring more of the joy of making to their lives.

  14. First we would print an Iron man and Batman suit, than we would print little superhero figures and than we would go and visit the children in childrens hospital, where I was hospitalized for 2 months about 9 years ago and we would give them superhero figures with their name on, so they will remember that there is someone that thinks about them. And after that we would print figures for our vagon at charity halloween parade in our city. And we would probably used it at school which I am visiting (and my dad is a teacher there), because now we have to order 3D prints from companies abroad, which isn’t very cheap.

  15. I am the Dad but I would use this printer with my son to make parts for our older Heathkit products which are no longer available such as our Hero-1 robot and a GC1197 grandfather clock. We could also make replacement parts for the cars we work on. I enjoy working with my son. I am 64 years old and disabled with lots of health problems. My son comes over and does repairs on our house and does our lawn. He is 44 years old and I don’t think I will be around a lot longer and I hope to do as much as I can with him. This is not meant to be a tear jerker. I just would love to have this as we are both extremely interested in 3D printing but cannot afford one of these printers. We are both avid woodworkers and would love to build things we could add plastic parts to so that we could enhance their functionality.

  16. I would have to ask my dad, what shall we print? Dad would say, it’s up to you son, and I would say, no dad. Fathers Day is around the corner, let’s print some thing together? As we haven’t done anything together in years, as you worked abroad for so long, and i missed you. God Bless You Dad. Happy Fathers Day!!

  17. I would try print parts for a time machine, so I could travel into the past and ask my father to teach me everything he knew about electrical engineering, radio construction and fixing pretty much anything he laid his hands on…
    If that failed, I would print models to test ideas for new sustainable urban living to possibly create a positive change in our environment and continue his commitment for making things work.

  18. We would print/make the parts to create our own nerf gun accessories and have an all out nerf war that lasted the whole weekend or until we broke something and needed to make more parts

  19. My father ran off, and then died before I could meet him. All of my making has been self directed. I guess I’ll have to wait to enter next time around when the contest is more befitting me. Good luck to the other entrants.

  20. My dad was the first inventor I ever meet, having turned his passion(fishing) into an occupation(lure making) he served as an inspiration in the “see a need fill a need” maker ethos I strive to fulfill. I cannot fathom what uses he would create for this printer if he was still alive but we were always outside of the box thinkers so it would be pretty darn cool regardless.

  21. I am from Brazil (where being an entrepreneur is hard) , and me and my dad want to start a company! I was always passionated by electronics and making things, and he is a passionated sales man. Saying by a combination like that (technical and sales), we will rock if we have a 3D printer: it would fuel mine to-be-opened business of making easy-and-fun-to-program little bricks (arduino-and-lego-like). It would make us both a great father’s day and the business of a lifetime!.
    Thank you,

  22. This will be awesome to solve my father dentists afraid issue!
    I’ll just start printing the missing teethes.

    By the way, he just love barbecue. Is the PLA hard enough for some pork ribs?

  23. My redheaded and facial-haired father and I would find locations throughout the US where we could insert mini models of ourselves dressed as old timey cowboys doing things like fighting anthills, exploring a dandelion forest or eating fallen pizza scraps while sitting on a pebble. We would take photos and post them to Twitter. Little cowboy men trying to make sense of a extremely huge and extremely modern world.

  24. I would try to create pieces for a model of a car that I am designing that can run virtually off of the water cycle using some new materials made by MIT and other researchers. In short this model will demonstrate the possibility that we can have completely clean cars that run indefinitely without perpetual motion but with the a natural process of the molecular structure and phases of water. This is not science fiction, this is the American ingenuity of my father and I. I just know it will work.

  25. I would make a device that would clip onto the back of his neck and waggle his glasses when he raised his eyebrows. This happened a lot when I was a kid, usually in the middle of supposedly serious discussions or a stern telling off…

  26. My father has been making things since before I existed. He taught studio art at a local collage until he retired. He is a potter, a sculptor, a painter, a gardener, a programmer, a builder and anything else he has needed or wanted to be. He has slowed down some in the last few years, but I don’t think a day goes by that he doesn’t make something unique to help himself or someone else.

    I see 3D printers enabling older makers to continue innovating and making things that they are unable to make directly anymore. My father is a great guy and creative thinker who still has a lot to offer. A 3D printer would allow him to make a lot of things that in the past he would have fabricated another way.

  27. My father and I share a love both of children and the wild imagination that children naturally carry with them into the world. My father read to me avidly when I was a child, and I do the same for my own children. My dad and I are both in involved in caring professions where we work with children who are facing various challenges. If I were to receive this highest honor from Make, I would print like there were no end to our lives. I would use Blender to model fanciful characters from neglected gems in the children’s literary world. My dad and I and my own children would use this printer to bring tangible signs of joy into the lives of the many children we meet with on a regular basis. These figurines might make an ill child smile, or inspire that kid who isn’t a good fit for the traditional classroom to read more, or really invest in that drawing talent. In our local astronomy club, whose mission is primarily public outreach, we would use this venue to create tangible manipulatives that help children learn about the universe. Leapfrog’s Creatr XL Printer would not be an end in itself, a gift to hold tightly in our own workshop, but would be a fountain for further giving. My father started this tradition of giving by imparting natural wonder and curiosity about the universe to my brothers and I, and receiving this printer would represent an ideal opportunity to “pay it forward” through the generations around us.

  28. My son and I would print an Adventure Time vs Star Wars chess set. Just because he loves both. Plus I think Princess Bubblegum would shred Vader.

  29. My dad a day I live two time zones away and don’t get to see each other very often throughout the year. If we had access to such a nice 3D printer, I would motivate him to design his own half of chess set and I would do just the same for the other half. Next time we meet we would play a game of chess together and perhaps just this once, I would be able to beat him at the game.

  30. My dad has been a wood worker all of his life. He taught me everything I know about tools and making things. He taught me there’s more pride in creating something than buying something. He’s getting older, and sadly he will be shuttering the doors of his woodworking business. I’ve been teaching him how to use sketchup and tinker cad. I would love for him to replace his power tools and chisels for a 3-d printer so that he can still create.

  31. My dad loves sailboats. Since no 3D printer is big enough to print him a sailboat (yet – maybe someday) I guess we could print smaller sized sailboats that we could then assemble inside glass bottles like they used to do in the past. Would be a cool combination of new technology with old tradition!!!

  32. Let me tell you the problem with this contest. You ask “what you or your dad would likely print with one of these”? That question in and of itself is like asking somebody to list just one page on the internet. The possibilities are endless. That is the answer that is always given when anybody I talk to about 3D printers asks the question of “What can you make with it?” (“Ummm ANYTHING!”) Then I quickly take them to Thingiverse’s site and let them see what others have already done.

    So my reply to this post would be just that: “Ummm ANYTHING!” the possibilities are endless. My dad and I (as well as my kids and I) love building different things.

    The one thing that we are working on right now is a articulated laminar fountain with LEDs and music (Bellagio style) for the two ponds in my dads backyard.

  33. Things I would print with this printer? I’m quite new to 3d printing and just have ordered my first one.

    Well, I’m experimenting a lot with folding structures these days. I would love to experiment with printing structures on textiles or other flexible materials to this way create stiff area’s and folding areas on a material. I think this technique has some interesting opportunities for origami-inspired practical designs.

    I also was thinking about designing my own wooden furniture that is held together with 3d printed parts. Such a build volume would be crazy interesting for this application.

    Apart from these I also had the idea to use 3d printing to make a waterproof case for my DSLR in probably pet+ filament with a flexible silicon like 3d printed material at the inside.

    It could also come handy to prototype the to be later metal 3d printed parts I would need for that crazy foldable cargo bicycle I was designing.

    CRAP! i could go on and on… Can’t wait I get my printer handy, yet it will only ship in August. But what if?

  34. I suppose the question is : What wouldn’t I make with one of these? I often find myself with a project, and need something custom. So I spend time digging through bins and buckets of random stuff, trying to figure out what I can hack to “make it work” Chapstick tubes for AAA battery holders, makeshift swivel joints out of whatever, or anything that I randomly need, that I don’t really want to pay for. With a 3D printer – I can just print it – it’s the Ultimate gift for the Makeshift Dad.

    My recent project was simple: my 9 year old twin girls were playing Harry Potter, and they made wands out of paper twisted together. One said to the other “Man, I wish these would light up!” The other replied “Well, we just need to take an LED and run some wires and a battery…..Daaaadddddd!!!”

    So, I went to work – making wands from scratch. It was mostly papercraft with double-sided sticky tape from an old window masking kit, a couple of Joule thiefs put together with salvaged toriods from busted CFLs, pushbuttons hacked from an old DVD remote, and LEDs from some GE battery-operated motion lights I had – since they were diffused bulbs, and had just the right amount of white glow. Those Chapstick tubes I mentioned? Yep, for the wands. Everything wrapped up in misc tubes, liquid electrical tape, covered in paper (to specific 13 and 14 inch lengths, by request), 1 customized handle, and custom paint.

    Now, if I had a 3D printer, I probably would have had the kids design what they wanted, printed it, put the Joule Thiefs inside, painted, etc. Now, I know there’s other ways to make wands – but nothing’s as cool as making stuff quickly and, for the amazement of your kids.

  35. My father passed away when I was only 13 (20 years ago) though we cannot spend time together now, I am always thinking of him, especially when it comes to how far technology has come in this regards since he passed. He was an Electrical engineer and loved to tinker and do DIY projects, so I am sure he would have been head over heals interested in 3D printing. Because he isn’t here on earth anymore, I would honor him by continuing on his legacy of tinkering,diy, and creativity by sharing this knowledge and time with my young son.

  36. i would print all sorts of things – dinosaurs, trucks, trains for my son; swords, ninjas, and other anime figurines for my daughter; and specialized items for diy projects for myself and the wife.

  37. My two teenage sons are finally interestedin computers in more than just video games. The oldest is learning to program and the youngest is working with raspberry pi hardware. To have them be like this warms my heart and makes me long for my grandfather to have been around long enough to see them with this type of technology. I started with electronics with my grandpa with a Heathkit I remember the smell of the solder the click and beeps of the machine as each part came to life. With all this new tech there is so much to learn and its exciting to be able to learn together with them.

  38. My father has an unhealthy obsession with the “Handley Page Victor Bomber” aircraft from the late 1950’s, in his early years in the RAF it was his first major job on a full size aircraft as a service and repair engineer where they were kept while on the ground at . Needless to say, he quickly grew to love every part of this plane and specifically its jet turbine engine. Unfortunately the UK’s fleet of Victors were decommissioned shortly after he started and he has always wanted to see one of them fly again in person.

    With this printer I would produce a scaled model of the Victor to present to him alongside a cast aluminium display model of one of the 4 Rolls-Royce Conway turbines that they used for propulsion created using printed parts to make the moulds needed, all to help him remember his favourite days of yore.

  39. My father would probably make a model of his house, complete with a model of the model of his house. The recursion will continue until the meta-model is so small, that it defies the capabilities of the printer.

    Needless to say. He likes models.

  40. Growing up, my dad was always the person I would go to when anything was in need of fixing. He has always been really great working with his hands and has worked as a self-employed carpenter for as long as I can remember. He was also the person who indirectly got me interested in becoming an engineer, with his seemingly endless solutions and repairs to all of my problems coming out of his shop. Now that I am in college and have moved out of the house, and I am now finding my own fixes and solutions, I feel like this 3D printer would be a way for the two of us to stay close even after I move out. This printer could also help him in his work to prototype designs for woodworking projects he is working on or create parts that he wouldn’t be able to make otherwise. I feel like we could share ideas, fixes and solutions to both of our problems. He is very tech-savvy and we could help each other bounce ideas off of and help design models with each other. I could be able to continue to bond with him over all of the things we would be printing even though I will be far away. He is very tech-savvy and we could help each other bounce ideas off of and help design models with each other.

  41. My dad has been a tinkerer all his life and at a very young age he encouraged ME to be a tinker. While I don’t have children of my own, I do have 2 nephews and 2 nieces. We (Dad and I) would love to be able to hand down the family tinker tradition. We are not just tinkerers, we are fixers. What? You’ve got some thing broken? Let me have a look at it. If we had a 3D printer?…. OH the things we could tinker, fix and BUILD!

  42. I just straight up called my dad and in our casual conversation I asked him what he would do with a 3D Printer. He asked if we could print small animals out for target practice for our local conservation center before fall rolls around. Gotta love Iowa!

  43. If I won a 3D printer, I could “make” my husband stop talking about how bad he wants a 3D printer! My husband is a great dad, so I think he would use this 3D printer to replace broken toy parts for our two year old son. Toy train lost a wheel? While you are sleeping, dad will print you up a new one, like a ninja! At this age, it will just be like magic! When our son gets older, I think they’d use it to make cool things together. “Son, did you draw a cool picture of a crocodile with the head of a lion that breathes fire? Let’s 3D print it!” They could also use it to get out of trouble. “What’s that son, you broke mom’s favorite knick-knack? Let’s 3D print a new one!”

  44. My dad has been tying knots all his
    life. Some of his fondest memories are fishing with his dad. On their
    way out to fish, he would hunker down near the anchor to avoid the
    wind. He remembers looking at the eye splice around the anchor and
    being fascinated by how it was tied. He’s been tying knots ever since
    and it’s something he’s passed on to me as well. It started with
    teaching me practical knots but has evolved into decorative knotting
    as well. Every once and a while we’ll get together and tie something
    that takes several hours to tie such as a plant hangar or this
    6-sided woven die which took about 18 hours total (left image). I’ve used my knot
    tying and programming experience, along with my visual effects
    background, to generate 3D models of knots which can then be 3D
    printed (3D printed version of the 6-sided die is the right image). I’ve mostly printed small jewelry sized knots through 3D
    printing services. I’ve been tossing around the idea of printing
    larger knots myself (since size is a very cost prohibitive through 3D
    print services) which could then be used to cast into aluminum or
    other metals, a hobby that my dad has been starting to show interest
    in. Winning this printer would certainly help make that a reality!

  45. The best give we’ve ever given my Dad is a handheld dyson vacuume. If he had a 3D printer, he could print attachments for his prized vacuume and slay dust bunnies with extreme discretion.

  46. My dad and I are always coming up with projects for my daughters. At first, I thought he might be disappointed that I he didn’t get a grandson, but I really didn’t give him the credit he deserves. He has REALLY embraced being a grandfather, truly loves his grand daughters unconditionally, and does not limit what he does with them because they are girls. No activity is off limits, or “just for boys”.

    I think he is trying to make up for the fact that we weren’t close when I was growing up and we didn’t do a lot of this kind of stuff together when I was a kid. I’m truly lucky, now. It just goes to show you it’s never too late. He really is an incredible role model as a man, husband, and father.

    To be honest, I have no idea what we would make with this gigantic 3D printer. Since it is so huge, I think we’ll start with a model of the partially built Death Star!!! 0_0

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this. Stay calm, make on!

  47. I’m not a dad yet, but I recently met a beautiful woman who wants to build 3D printers with me (!) so who knows where that might lead? As artist-designers we’re both extremely inspired about DIY fabrication and 3D printing. As for my part. I love being able to test designs, make useful objects, and develop new machines and tools that push the state-of-the-art forward. My partner is excited by the potential to make wearables, objects that improve quality of life (kitchen tools, bike accessories, etc.), large format art and interactive installations that incite the imagination, and objects to aid teaching in an elementary school setting. I spent my first year of 3D printing learning all the necessary skills, designing RepRap parts, and contributing code to “Marlin” firmware, and in the process I became part of a truly amazing community of visionaries who really are changing the world. My partner and I have lots of plans and designs buzzing around in our heads, many far beyond the abilities of that first RepRap I built as a learning project. A Creatr XL would allow us to bring our most ambitious visions and collaborative works into the world at a very auspicious time, propelled by the momentum of this amazing technology, and we would be truly honored to be the caretakers of this impressive machine.

  48. I am a father, my children are just to young to post this on my behalf. I have been saving up for a 3D printer for the last year but due to life have not reached my goal.

    The reason for my decision to purchase a 3D printer is to make custom memorial trinkets. See my mother passed away last year and was cremated per her request. And I have held onto her ashes with the plan on making custom trinkets for the family that will let each of us keep her near us no matter where we go. 3D printing seemed like the perfect solution, I could create custom trinkets for each family member that personified his/her relationship with my mother. This way I believe they could be made out of a durable plastic shell and the contents could be sealed during production, and I wouldn’t have to worry about the legality or cost of trusting my mother’s ashes to a 3rd party.

    But sometimes life gets in the way. And my budget constantly gets nibbled up for minor emergencies, This is just the way life works.

  49. My passions include my children, aviation, gaming, and obviously making things. The first thing I would print out would be an model airplane, that is themed by my gaming background and is in the shape of a dragon. From there on I would have my son help me create future projects that can inspire his imagination as he grows up.

  50. When I was growing up my dad made all sorts of things, mostly out of necessity. He fixed things around the home, serviced and fixed the car, built a trailer, designed and built a 5 1/4″ gauge electric train, designed and built electric scooters and bikes, and countless others. He was in the Royal Australian Airforce for over 20 years and each time we were posted to a new city, building a workshop was a high priority.

    Weekends usually involved me being “told” to help him in the workshop. It wasn’t until I was all grown up that I realised I had received a fifteen year apprenticeship in Making. Of course it wasn’t called making back then. I learned a broad foundation of skills in mechanics, electronics and construction which have served me very well as an adult.

    Most of my making happens in software. Even though it’s done on the computer I view it as a creative process. Sometimes it spills over into micro-controllers electronics and contraptions. I’m close to completing the build of my Shapeoko. My dad built a CNC mill for PCB construction seven years ago. At the moment he’s building his own version of a Segway.

    Other than his creativity, what I admire most about my dad is his patience. I was a curious little boy with a special talent for breaking things and an inability to cut square. Despite the frustration he must have felt, Dad kept getting me to help, kept teaching, kept inspiring. Now as a father of two young children I understanding how challenging I must have been for him. I draw on his example as I learn the patience to teach my children Making skills.

    My dad made me the man I am today. I think that is his greatest achievement in Making.

  51. My boys and I would print a 3D model of our Norwegian Elkhound for my wife. The Elkhound doesn’t have long to live, and we would like to give my wife something to remember her by.

    After that, my boys would like to print out pieces for some board games they’ve designed.

  52. My Dad spends his summers on Grindstone Island — one of the Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence River in upstate NY. This is a beautiful region of the country. He is a retired mechanical engineer having spent his career working on gas turbines and centrifugal compressors. One of the things on our to-do list is to design and print a modular RC airplane built for the purpose of carrying stereo GoPro cameras. Yeah, quad-copters could do it but I want the smoother, straighter, more organic motion of a fixed wing. The idea(s) is/are: 1. a. Modular and click-together design because there is a size limit to the parts you can print on a 3D printer, b. Modular so we can swap out parts (single camera vs. stereo camera mount, engine in the nose vs. engine on the wings), c. modular so I can break it down and fly with it (I’m in TX, he’s in NY), 2. Amphibious (water landing in case of emergency), 3. Flaps to carry the high payload for slow flying and then tuck for faster flying to chase a tuber or water skiier, etc. behind a boat. The goal is to get some beautiful aerial videography of the area.

  53. My dad and I worked together on developing a safety lever for his rifle on my 3D printer so we could see if it worked before he machined it out of metal. It really helped us be able combine our skills to come up with a product. Now we are working on a VW Karman Ghia and we could replace small plastic parts on the car to restore it.

  54. My father and I have been wanting to get my son interested in electronics. We’ve tried the fun little kits but he gets bored with them. I came up with an idea to build something amazing to get him really interested, and my father is ready to help. We want to build a giant walking insect that can be ridden. This is build using a Hurricane Sandy – destroyed, steel gazebo, most of a beat up car, lots of rebar, and quite a few special joints, gears, and toothed – rings made by a 3d printer. All of these things tally up to quite a bit of money, and I have already been selling a lot of my military stuff and and higher-priced equipment that I’ve built and accumulated over the years. A free, and relatively big, 3D printer would not only cement my 6 yr old son’s interest in electronics and science, but would also be a great project to bridge a good relationship gap between my father and my son!

  55. My kids and I love the fun and unusual. Any excuse to whip up Fin, Fry or FFriny, maybe a retro Cow & Chicken or CChowicken. My goal is to be the most awesome dad ever. Make it so. Make me awesome! You have the power!

  56. I really want to use this to print out the 3d ultrasound of my two daughters…

    But in reality I’d probably use it to create parts for a robot.

  57. My son would like a Leapfrog
    We’ll name it Tiny Tim
    We can print out a little bathtub,
    To see if he could swim,
    We’ll let him drink up all the filament,
    And gobble up the (G)code!
    So when he tried to talk
    He would have ABS bubbles in his throat!
    Bubble,bubble, bubble. . .

    Nothing better than working on a project with your son or father.
    Happy Fathers Day

  58. It would be tricky for my dad and I to use this *together*, as we live about 400 miles apart– but I think both of us would experiment with the materials this printer can handle to figure out what possibilities we have (I, for one, could see trying out Laybrick for decorative sculptures)…

  59. If my father had a leapfrog printer, I have absolutely no doubt what he would print with it. After decades of service work, homeschooling 3 tyrannical boys, all while slowly earning a degree, my mother has finally found the point in her life where she is finally free to pursue her own passions. My father is a computer tech guy, but is also very mechanically able, and a good carpenter. When my mother decided to quit her job as a midwife to open a soap making business, my father supported her completely and has done his best to give her as much assistance as he knew how, and made her some very simple soap molds. Her business is booming, people love her homemade all nature soaps, and is having trouble keeping up with the demand. The soap molds are working, but she needs more of them, and would like fancier shape molds.

    If my father had a 3d printer, I have no doubt that that he would print some soap molds for my mom, to to help to help her business grow. He would also likely integrate his missionary work (Guatemala, parts of Africa), as he had been trying to help push both clean water technology, and simple farming equipment for some time now.

  60. I never knew my father, but the male influence in my adolescent life was my grandpa. He taught me the old ways of country living. I lived with them until I was 8 and we didn’t have indoor plumbing until I was 6. He took a black plastic water line and ran it down the hill on the ground from the well to outside the house. We could fill it with water and let it sit in the sun for an hour, crack open a valve on one end, and have 15 minutes of hot water for a bath.

    On the weekends we used to thumb through his collection of Foxfire books and we would say, “let’s try that!” It might have been a simple as making a bullroar from some rope and an old cedar shingle or as complex as pine tar from some fresh wood we cut down in the thicket he had planted himself 15 years before I was born. I remember when we were working on an old car, we made jackstands from two old steel car wheels welded together. Another time we took a hickory sapling that had gotten broken down the winter before by an ice storm and he taught me how to use a drag knife to shape a spindle for a footstool that had broken.

    He was the very definition of a maker, and what gives me the drive to now teach my own son. My son is only three, but I see in him the wonder and quizzical nature that I can only imagine my grandpa saw in myself.

    I could only imagine what he would do with a 3D printer… He would be so thrilled to know that this technology is around. I know that every time my son breaks a toy, I think to myself, “I can make that better!”

    We would love to have a 3D printer to be able to teach my son the new ways, in addition to the old.

  61. I would ask my dad to print copies of all of the tools and “stuff” of his that I lost or destroyed during my childhood. After that, I’d ask him to print copies of the tools and “stuff” my children have lost or destroyed while exploring their world the same way I did ;-)

    OK, really, I’d ask my dad to print some really cool car and amplifier parts. Things like custom emblems and trim pieces. That would be uber-cool.

  62. My Dad is no longer alive, but he was a maker in his day. He also didn’t believe in throwing things away if they were still useful. The first thing he’d probably print up would be replacements for the feet on various appliances.

  63. My father has necrosis in his legs and cannot walk much. In regards to this he has gained weight and lost out on being to go into the world in his later years.

    He’s had a hard time paying for bills and surviving after being let go from his position as a graphic designer. He’s always had a love of using technology and design hand in hand and has taught me and helped my own curiosity to bloom and grow to become a designer and eventual architect regardless of coming from very meager status and class.

    I’ve tried to give him things to do as he is a kind of shut-in thanks to extremely low mobility. Steam account and video games with large open worlds to allow him to explore. I’ve recently supported the Oculus Rift so that I can share this with him and try to expand his small world and release him from his the grip of his body.

    Things like those can only go so far as eventually he has to return to his small apartment that my brother tries to keep for him, his limited mobility and his limited income. It’s grown tough and my brother and I find ways to support him in small doses but still have to sustain ourselves and our lives.

    After two strokes and one heart attack he’s started to have some difficulty in movement and speech. His health has risen recently but the long term effects just aren’t going to change. He doesn’t use a mouse anymore but instead a large trackball. He can barely type but has slowly grown back to it.

    I’m hoping that he would use a 3D printer in literally any way he saw fit. I myself have already considered ways to print objects that simply make moving around his home easier for him. Exoskeletons, grabbers, anything I can come up with. He’s always had a mind for design and introduced me to it at a very young age to the elements of engineering, design and physics. More importantly how making something of your own can give you freedom.

    I would not have become a designer and craftsman myself if it were not for him. I would not love what I love, the edge of technology, the gleam of brighter sci-fi tomorrows and the desire to inquire, ask questions and solve problems were it not for him.

    He does not have the means to solve his problems physically; like reaching for high up things, moving from room to room or even standing easily. I would love to be able to figure and design ways to alleviate the burden with him. Doing something like that as we haven’t for a long time. I have started my own family and live in a different city. He cannot visit my home but I can see him when I have the chance.

    We’ve always designed together. From a young age he said I had a natural eye for negative space. When I fought hard for scholarships and went into design school he was there every step of the way. When I had to choose between textbooks and food he found a way to help with both. I would sit over his shoulder and he would teach me everything he knew. I can only think that he would use this as a way to alleviate the burden his small life has become and share that with others to help him.

    There is a kind of freedom to 3D printing. The ability to serve one’s own needs and the needs of others without mediator. Just an extruder, a spool and your idea. When you lose autonomy a 3D printer can place the means of production in your mind and hands.

    I know his mind. We share one sometimes. I’ve seen his mind make beautiful enchanting and enlivening things but with out his ability to fashion those ideas anymore I have wanted to find a way to place this technology in his hands and say what he told me before I left home “Don’t stop growing. Don’t stop learning. Ask the hard questions but try your damnedest to answer them. Your knowledge will make you free no matter where you go.”

    I want to give him the tools to have that kind of freedom based on his knowledge and not in his dwindling health and physical limitation.

    Regardless of a 3D printer I want him to be free.

    1. That is so, so beautiful. I considered for a while whether or not to do an entry. My dad has been a maker since before I can remember, even though he most likely has no clue that the term exists. He has a growth in his brain that has caused minor epilepsy, which means he is no longer allowed to work alone, and had to give up his small farm.
      Reading this, however, I realize how lucky I am that he has still got all his basic functions and mobility – he forgets stuff sometimes, and every now and then he speaks gibberish, but those scary moments are few and far between. He is still very capable of using his hands to create, and in truth he never did have much trust in technology. I’d much rather this goes to someone where it might truly make a difference, rather than end up on the shelf. Best of luck to you and your dad!

  64. My Father has always tinkered or fixed things my entire life. I remember stories of when he and his father built a boat, or fixed an engine. I’ve learn so much from my father. I want to be able to show him how amazing 3D Printing is. I’m sure he would have a thousand things for me to try and print for him. He has so many old things that they don’t make parts for, it would be amazing to be able to fix them with him, like his father did.

  65. I want to print an army of robots to take over the world and re-make it in my image. It’s what my dad would have wanted. You know, if I bothered to pick up the phone to ask him. Because, really, what father doesn’t want his son to build a robot army to take over the planet? And this would be better than stepping on stray Lego bits in the process!

  66. I want to use this printer to teach kids Making skills. On a more personal level, I want to use this printer to make a series of mechanical logic-driven toy blimps and toy robots.

  67. Ok so this is a pretty funny story. Back when my dad was younger (mid-20’s), he lived in the Middle East (Lebanon) and he used to live by the beach. Now around that area, there were a lot of entertainers and performers (he had hoped to become an entertainer himself one day) and he was taking a walk, enjoying the fresh air. He bought a banana from a vendor and sat at a bench and was preparing to eat it. A couple of meters to his right was man with a trained monkey, kind of like those “organ grinders” but without the organ. This monkey was trained to do different tricks whenever the owner snapped his fingers or clapped or whatever. My dad is sitting pretty close to it, close enough so that the monkey can clearly see the banana in his hand. So my dad is getting ready to peel it when the monkey runs over to him and tries to take it. My dad pulls the banana away. He must have pulled it away at least 3-4 times and all the while the owner is trying to call/signal his monkey back. The monkey gets so frustrated and wild that it bites my dad in the leg very hard. Now my dad is a really nice person and would never hit an animal in his life if he didn’t feel he had to protect himself or forcefully end an unpleasant situation, ha. But naturally, he gets really pissed and while the monkey has its teeth clamped around his thigh, he lifts his arm and hits the monkey on the head. The monkey drops to the ground, gets up and staggers its way back to its owner. The owner apologizes while my dad finds a new place to enjoy his banana lol. So long story short, I would probably print a monkey and either keep it on his shelf as a reminder of the unpredictability of nature or I would just let my dad repeat history and hit it on the head, smashing it to pieces. Either way, we both win lol.

  68. Dad is quiet and reserved. But every once in a while he gets a little tipsy…he takes the restaurant napkin, wraps it around his fist and ‘becomes’ YODA! It is the only time he let’s go and really talks to us and laughs with us. Of course it is YODA, not dad ;). I would print a napkin-based version and surprise him at dinner for his birthday (73!) go dad! And much later when we are telling stories about dad, we have something to use :)

  69. My dad is retired and has started getting back into making… things. When I was a kid, he made miniature tack for model horses, chairs, etc., but then, of course, he had to go and get a real job (or several) to pay the bills.

    Now that he’s retired, he’s come to realize that he can get back to his passion for just making whatever crazy idea pops into his head. He’s making electronic cigarette mods, straight razor scales, dip pens/nib holders… basically whatever he runs across that tickles his fancy.

    Just recently, he asked me if I knew anything about 3D printers. I explained what I know (a bit), and he seemed *really* interested. Of course, he doesn’t know 3D modeling, but I do (and I’ve got him learning SketchUp), so we started talking about working together on some projects (no idea what, yet, of course) and taking advantage of the 3D printers at our local library.

    So, to answer the question “what would you and your dad make with a 3D printer?”, the (yes, totally cheesy) answer would probably just be “memories”.

    (Okay, maybe memories and totally-rad calligraphy nib holders. I’m thinking something tentacle-y.)

  70. While my father and I have a good relationship, this would be for my stepdad who came into my life when I was 16. An exemplary model of a man, whom I have seen MacGuyver many things from the scrap pile, by hand, and after spending hours making it work, he woyld brag about saving $3. While possessing a cellphone for 2 decades, he has yet to text a single character. The wonderment of a 3D printer might actually move him to the 21st century…directly from the 19th…where, for the most part, he now resides. At 66 years old, he can still outwork 2 average men and does it with a smile on his face. He has taught me, by example, that a handshake is your word and that defines a real man. He has never faltered and because of that, has my utmost respect and admiration. I doubt we’ll win the printer, but I am smiling while sharing just a tiny bit of info about this great man. Thank you for the opportunity to do so. Happy Father’s Day to all of the ‘dads’ out there…whether biological or not…especially Al Gunson of Orillia, Ontario, Canada. Cheers!

  71. Awesome suggestion and connection for the give away. Though my life, my father and I hadn’t spent a lot of time. He was military and we moved a lot but over the years we connected more. We had a huge bridging when I was about 26 and he wanted to go on a fishing trip. I am an avid outdoors man and he has a love for the “tight lines”.

    The two of us went on a venture as father and son for the first time, attempting to capture the big one. Well, I will admit he caught the biggest fish and swore up and down it was a gold medal winner in the rushing waters of the Black Canyon. Sadly, you need 2 or more people to verify the size of the fish and or a photo of the fish with a weight and measurement (ruler). We had neither the 3rd person or a way to measure it, we were just there to have some fun and snag some bites. All we have is a photo of the fish and him holding it then we released it as Rainbow Fish were not be be kept legally that year. Again, another way to not get it noted and him a medal. My family and I were looking to get it mounted for him over the past years but alas have not done so.

    The connection between this and your contest is being a maker or more a destroyer to tinker, I would love a chance to replicate this fish based on the photo of him holding it. I would be able to recreate the stance, hold and measurements based on his hands now compared to the size of the fish in the photo we have. Why mount a fake fish, when you can MAKE a fake fish? It would be a fun project that’s for sure and would certainly make for a fun fathers day gift with the right time, measurements and production system. Who knows, maybe we could get that fish as proof to be a gold medal rainbow trout and get the man a gold medal he wants so dearly.

  72. My father is a bit of a luddite, but is a teacher at JobCorps, and would probably have fun making prints with his students and getting them involved in tech classes. I’d probably start fabricating pieces to join the astromech builders and design my own artoo unit. I also took my daughters to their first Maker Faire this year, and they’d print out the 3d body scans they had done at the demo booth.

  73. I would print my father a reconstructed lumbar spine and disk’s. He is a life long Construction owner and used his body to support his family. His lower spine has deteriorated so much that he has chronic pain. He’s had multiple back surgeries. (6 total) There is a 80% chance another surgery would leave him paralyzed. So he’d rather suffer than be limited to a wheel chair. It would be awesome to relieve him of his pain. Then he and my son can enjoy fishing together with the lures they make with the printer!

  74. I’m not going to lie, I don’t really know what I would print with the 3D printer, but I know the fact that it is there would make me be whith him, and that’s what really counts.
    I know I’m not the only one here participating, and I know you ma pick someone else, but think about your dad, and how much time you want to sped with him or you wanted to but now you can’t. I would rather spend this time now than crying in his grave. A not 3D printed grave.

  75. My father is a musician. A really damn good one at that. Recently though, he hasn’t been playing much. Instead of taking the time to record the 80+ songs he has written out, he has gone through divorces, lost his company, and dealt with the loss of his parents. He has had very low self esteem as of late.

    He has given me so much, and there is nothing more I would like to do than to give him a guitar. Not only to encourage him to pick up and play again but to give him the push he gave me many times when I was feeling low. If I had a 3D printer, I would print my dad the most kick-ass guitar.

  76. I’m the closest thing to a father my nephew has, and as such we spend a lot of time together building things, however a lot of the things he wants to try to build are either too complex for standard tools or would cost a small fortune to have fabricated, and there are no maker spaces arround where we live. This is breaking his maker spirit and he is starting to loose intrest in making things himself anymore.

    A 3D printer would allow us to prototype his ideas to make them work, at which point if need be we can have the parts machined. There is no greater maker than the young and it is their spirit that keeps us feeling young.

  77. My Dad wants to print out parts for my Girl Scout Robotics team like mounts for the radio and clips for the hydraulics.

  78. My daughter and I used to be really close but now we don’t see each other that often because of my job. When we are together we always watch Docter Who or play chess like old times. I will miss spending this coming Father’s day with my daughter but her birthday is the week after Father’s day. She has always had an interest in 3d printing and I really wanted to give her a great birthday present. If I win this printer Im going to print her a Docter Who themed chess set and suprise her on her special day. I know this sounds cheesy but her happiness is the best father’s day present for me.

  79. I teach a engineering/robotics class in the South Bronx and think it would be really great if I could introduce my students to 3D printing.

  80. Actually I want to reverse the scenario. I’m the son of a professional who made and fixed things. He gave me my love of same – nothing more awesome than envisioning, planning and creating. I was a controls engineer for a large part of my career and loved making machines. But, I have so far failed to interest my son in making. I’m betting with the ability to 3d print I can get him into it. It has the cool factor and involves other things he’s interested in like 3d graphics. Here’s to convergence!

  81. My daughter and I used to be really close but now we don’t see each other that often because of my job. When we are together we always watch Doctor Who or play chess like old times. I will miss spending this coming Father’s day with my daughter but her birthday is the week after Father’s day. She has always had an interest in 3d printing and I really wanted to give her a great birthday present. If I win this printer Im going to print her a Docter Who themed chess set and suprise her on her special day. I know this sounds cheesy but her happiness is the best father’s day present for me.

  82. As a father of 4, our executive director would use this wonderful machine for his 50+ middle school ‘STEM daughters’ in our program. There are so many items that could be printed and various lessons that could be taught with Creatr XL printer, but the one powerful thing that needs to be understood is that many young ladies of various ethnicities and household demographics would have the chance to experience this beautiful machine from Leapfrog. He has been trying for the past several months to obtain a used 3D printer and partner with organizations that have access to a 3D printer to give our ‘STEMistas’ the opportunity to experience these artistic pieces of equipment. As there are too many things to choose, I can tell you how we could use printing the Statue of Liberty pictured: We have a lesson on the oxidation of copper and how the Statue of Liberty is coated with a thin layer of copper, which turns a blue-green with age due to chemical reactions between metal and water. This process is known as patination and occurs with most copper when it’s placed outside. We could print a 3D diorama of Statue of Liberty as built by Frenchman Bartholdi. This gift from Leapfrog would be a gift for tens of future STEM professionals and scientists.

  83. I have never actually known my dad- he skated out when I was about 3 yo. But I have a son of my own, who is… Ironically 3 yo now… and his dad will NEVER leave his side!
    I love building projects with him – he calls it “bixing” – and I would love to make an ABS linked crank gear-train for his bedroom door (to act as his door handle). He loves gears, cranks, and pretty much anything that produces motion, so I think making him a crazy gear linkage on the face of his door would be an awesome project to do with him.

  84. Remote controlled airplane parts! I want to fly what we build. That would be a great fathers day!

  85. I love my dad and I would love to give him something as awesome as a 3D Printer, but honestly, if it wasn’t sitting in a corner all day, he would probably use it to print cubes. Maybe some other shapes as well, but all he would do is print simple shapes and hand them out to his friends and tell them that it was 3D printed.
    He would brag about all the cool things the machine can do and probably brag about everything that I make on it. But when push comes to shove, he is a dad, and all dads love to show off their gadgets.

    On the other hand, he would constantly ask me to make things for him to show off. Weird cup holders, a custom thingamabob for his client’s computers, desk toys that resemble Klein Bottles, a new piece for his record player that is crazy hard to find. Card holders for when you have a fancy dinner and you put everybody’s name at their spot and photo holders for his desk. Basically, every chachkie and trinket he can think of.

  86. I would build anything and everything my kids and I desired. Dinosaur sets, space shuttles, ships, planes, and whatever else we can think of!

  87. My father spent some time in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. We couldn’t afford a good lawyer so away he went for 2 years.
    The one thing that kept him sane while in there was a radio. He listened to it every day, and continued to listen to it after he got out. A few months ago, he dropped it, causing the case to break apart. Some of the little shards of plastic couldn’t be found, so now it’s just a taped up mess.
    I would use the 3D printer to print him a new case for that radio.
    He’s done so much for me for all of my life.. If I could give him back the one thing he needed at the worst point in his life, it would mean the world to him.

  88. I’d help my kids print out some of their favorite characters- and take a look at Blender or other programs for modeling. If we could rig up an animatronic Minecraft character, it would be pretty awesome for them to experiment with.

    1. I know this is a contest, but I was thinking of building an animatronic Minecraft character.
      Have you looked into EZ-B robot boards?
      Use an EZ-B, a video camera and some servos and you can build a character that sees, talks, hears, understands voice commands, moves and tracks faces. I have one in my humanoid robot Dave.
      Dave is my 3d printed humanoid.

  89. (This was the conversation between me and my son re: this contest.)

    Me: “Hey, Alex… can you tell them in your own words why you want me to win this printer?”
    Alex: “Hi, I’m Alex, and my dad should make the whole Lord of the Rings thing!”
    Me: “What do you mean by the whole Lord of the Rings thing?”
    Alex: “Like, how Bilbo left and everything the… ring is going to… they need to destroy the ring, it’s Dark Magic.”
    Me: “And what am I going to print from that?”
    Alex: “Maybe… Gandalf the White?”

    So you heard it here first, folks… if I win, I solemnly swear to print a 600mm tall Gandalf the White. :)

    (On a side note, my favorite Alex quote of all time happened last year… he wore the Batman dog tags I printed for him to school one day and told all his friends “My dad made it. He can make anything.”)

  90. My (late) father and I would always be bouncing ideas back and forth for inventions and projects that we could do. We both shared a sense of tinkering. I remember several months before he died that he was talking about these new “3D printers” that could make anything from just a single material. He was referring to SLS systems, but he knew they were the wave of the future.
    I design a lot (and I mean a LOT) of parts and tools and gadgets on Autodesk Inventor and Creo Parametric, and always wanted to be able to make them in the real world. 3D printing does just that, as I’ve discovered in the past months.
    I would make many trinkets and gadgets to give to people because 3D printing is awesome and people need to understand that they are coming to pretty much everybody.

  91. My dad died last week, seriously… As a maker all his life (before the term existed), he taught me to NOT be scared of trying to learn new things by doing new things and using new tools. With this printer, I’d carry on that philosophy with my own kid. I’m really into the idea (at the moment) of building universal joints for a modular furniture system making use of the lowest cost and readily available materials in different countries. So that any makerspace with a Leapfrog could help people with work and living surfaces.

  92. My father has been handicapped all his life. He got polio at 2 weeks old. He is doing well these days, but has some mobility issues. We would design and produce accessibility aids for disabled people, especially anything that might help people in the outdoors. My dad is an avid outdoorsman and has designed crude tools to achieve his goals. We might even build a mechanical clock, as we are both clockmakers.

  93. My Dad is a hilarious guy. He would make great use of this 3D printer. He has an obsession with extra terrestrials and sasquatch. I can imagine him printing little alien figurines and bigfoot statues with the Leapfrog 3D printer.

  94. As a father, teacher, and professor, I would use this to give my Tech Lab students a creative outlet with new technologies. Funding is always extremely limited in the public school and gets worse every year. Standardized testing had a mission of providing the world with mind numb automatons where, with a project-based classroom, it gives students a way to learn these technologies while providing them a creative outlet. Seeing some of these other posts I see that I am up against some stiff competition but know that, if I won, the printer had the benefit of helping hundreds of high school students.

  95. My Four year old son says he would print a giant scary Lego robot to help daddy fix things around the house. But daddy disarms bombs for the Navy and wants to print robots that do the work for him.

  96. I have so many ideas and nothing to print them on! My kids would go nuts over being able to design and print real things! Of course, those things would have to be pretty good to win my wife over! Wait, I’ll clean up the workshop and my office if I win this… that’ll win her over!

  97. I was born with the Maker gene. I inherited from my father
    just as he had from my grandfather. I did not get to live with my Dad growing
    up, but I did spend as much time with him as I could. At the age of eight, I
    decided I wanted to build a computer. Knowing I was going to be in over my
    head, he got me a Sinclair ZX-81 instead so I could learn and not get
    overwhelmed. My interest in controlling things was born with that. He built me
    a small interface to control a relay from the ZX expansion port. I was hooked.
    As I learned more, I turned towards robotics. Like before, Dad was there to
    provide mentorship. He gave me his copy of the book “How to Build a Computer
    Controlled Robot”. I studied it intensely for years. In middle school, that
    book and my dreams introduced me to my lifelong friend, Paul. Together we used
    that book and my Dad’s encouragement to build a robot platform under our school’s
    Industrial Arts program. We designed and built all the control and sensor
    circuits by hand. We even built a microcontroller around a Motorola 6809E to
    run it (Paul was a huge Radio Shack Color Computer fan). We won local and state
    awards for our creation. Dad was proud to say the least.

    Growing up to adulthood, my love and respect for my Dad and
    Making only grew. Though I joined the ranks of the software engineering world,
    the love of electronics never faded. Dad still does his hardware magic in the
    industrial control world, but he has found a way to reach the next generation
    of Makers. For the past three years he has taught a robot building class at a
    local high school. This is not the watered down Lego league stuff. He does it
    the Maker way. I love that he still spreads the knowledge of the old and the
    new. Now that my daughter and my nieces and nephews are old enough to start
    making, Dad and I have talked about teaming up to mentor them in the art of the
    make. My mentor and hero will be working by my side as I become my daughter’s
    Maker hero.

    So, since this is about what we would 3D print if we won, I
    think the first thing we would do to pass the torch is build a shrine to the
    robot book (my original copy has been lost, but I did find a reprint). I owe so
    much to that book as it gave me experience, passion for creating and most
    importantly my best friend. It would mean a lot to me and probably give Dad a
    case of the nostalgia. After that, three generations of Makers would begin printing
    parts for a new robot platform so the spark of creating could catch and grow in
    the young. Maybe my (highly condensed) story won’t invoke the thought of
    calling your dads, but just writing this makes me need to give my Dad a call. I
    think I need to thank him, profusely.

  98. Because my dad is retired and doesn’t really have to be anywhere or do anything at a certain time of day, he tends to sleep through most of it, keeping a weird schedule that just doesn’t match anyone else’s. If given this incredibly awesome, ginormous 3D printer, I’d print parts to construct a robot that would physically throw him out of bed and make him get to work during daylight hours so he could do more with his time. The robot would have annoying snooze functions, like pinching eyelids and pulling them open, yanking off blankets, blasting air down his nose, poking soft fleshy parts, etc.

  99. Well I believe that the first thing we would print would be the parts to another printer so that both of us father and son could share the experience of owning a 3d printer together, and then I would follow suite and make one for my two sons. Bring us all closer…

  100. I would teach him how to design and print his own parts for his projects! He is always buying them online and they are not cheap at all! Its seriously hurting his pocket. I’m sure the 3D printer will be an awesome “toy” that will bring us together during the weekend. :)

  101. I would make a tribute to my Dad, reflecting the feelings of this poem I wrote after he passed.

    Dad’s Goodbye

    Day to day withheld, each hour after hour,
    The world revolved, turned, I ignored the power,
    Lying underneath her skin, just below,
    The pulse of life within, the world can’t know,
    The meaning the words unspoken contain,
    The truths unsaid, silent voices restrain,
    From speaking the words of power, release,

    Allowing what should be to be, in peace,
    But wrenching effect, rendering anew,
    A whole new aspect, a new point of view,
    If only released, allowed to set free,
    Instead it’s contained, the keys held by me,
    Held close to chest, unwilling to reveal,
    The pain within, begin to let it heal,
    Breach through the surface in the dead of night,
    Sleep of the angels disturbed, they take flight,
    In a dream the truth revealed as it stood,
    The man laid bare his wish that if I could,
    Allow the release, let go, set it free,
    The soul kept too near, not allowed to be,
    When destiny decided long ago,
    Just where things should be and how things should go,
    In dreams of nothing related, really,
    There he stood waiting, nervous, uneasy,
    I approached and understood his desire,
    From his smile I knew that now was the hour,
    For me to say the words too long withheld,
    For me to grant the peace in which he dwelt,
    For me to finally allow, what should come,
    For me to finally do what need be done,
    Looked upon his face, the father I’d known,
    And he smiled, a smile where all his love shown,
    After all this time, it is easy to say,
    Those few little words so long kept at bay,
    In the dream world I approached, we hugged close,
    Held him and held him, too long I suppose,
    When we parted I knew it was the last,
    My wounds were all healed, pain all in the past,
    As I looked in my Dad’s eyes one last time,
    My “Goodbyes” could be said knowing that I’m,
    Going to be okay, he let me see,
    A reflection of him is who I’ll be,
    As the dream faded, I rose to the dawn,
    Finally accepting my Father was gone.

  102. When my three boys were younger roughly 8- 12 years old there mother decided to up and leave well I did what I wanted to do send raised my boys we had. Some. Trying years but also some of. The. Best times. Of my life .well they are all grown now and off doing there own thing just as things got easier I had to have back sergury we’ll that didn’t go so well I had some fluid leak and cause permanent nerve damage about 14 or so surgeries between my neck and back I no longer can work I am not really complaining I can’t change it I wanted a 3d printer since I saw the first one on make I was hooked but I can’t afford it I just got into arduino and I am an hobby carpenter but I am very limited but with this printer I can print some proto types of toys and many other figures I have in mind I know i would have a learning curve but that’s another reason I want one I can do sitting down thanks for listening and I know it will go to who you think is the best candidate but I hope that’s me .

  103. My dad would use this 3D printer to help anyone interested print things to help spread awareness about 3D printing. He owns a printing store and wants to be able to let more people know about 3D printing and the maker movement in general. Having a 3D printer in his store allowing people to print free prints would accelerate the spread of the maker mindset and will also allow the 3D printing club at the local high school have an opportunity to have something to print with. This would help greatly because the 3D printing club does not currently have a 3D printer because they are generally too expensive for the students to afford, especially since the school does not help them financially to obtain one. Having a 3D printer of this massive size would also allow anyone interested to do whatever they imagine without any limitations and I look forward to what the local community in Austin can create with such a resource.

  104. My son really would like a fish mounted on his wall from a father and son fishing trip so I was thinking we could take the measurements of the fish and print it out, paint it and hang it.

  105. Hi. I don’t have any adorable dad stories unfortunately. I still need this printer however, to make the world a better place for all the dad’s out there. I will do this by fulfilling my life’s ambition to create sustainable, customizable, biomimetic architectural blocks which will require very little money and zero power tools to build with. I’m learning to program evolving structures now and 3D printing is the next step in the poorly funded master plan. Oh, the prototypes I will print with composite materials! My point is, that printer and I have a destiny. Don’t stand in our way! Happy Father’s Day to all!

  106. The best memory (the one I go to when I think about my dad) surrounds a fishing
    trip we took.when I was about six.

    My dad was a diesel locomotive electrician for a major rail carrier. The depot from which he worked eight hour shifts throughout the day and the nature of his work had him rotating through the available shifts. It was physically demanding work with erratic schedules which didn’t leave a lot of opportunities for quality time with the kids.

    A friend of my dad was a deacon at a local church. Knowing my dad’s trade, he asked my dad if he would help install a lighted sign for his church. In lieu of payment, he offered to let my dad come fish at a pond on on property he owned. My dad would be the first fisherman to fish in the pond since it was stocked two years earlier. Knowing I liked fishing and seeing the opportunity for a day out with his son doing something we both enjoyed, my dad sacrificed a Saturday doing the work for this small church.

    A few weeks later, my dad told me he was taking me on a fishing trip – the first trip for just the two of us. On the following Saturday morning, he woke me early to get ready to head out. My mom even made us a special breakfast – egg sandwiches – for the hour or so drive to the fishing pond.

    By 8 AM, we were standing on the bank of pond with rods and reels and plastic
    worms, ready to try our luck. I cast my lure into the water and slowly reeled my lure back to the bank. It was halfway back when I felt the tug of a fish and, within 90 seconds, I had my first catch of the day. My dad got his at almost the same time. We continued casting and catching fish until we lost count of the successes. To this day, the most vivid detail I remember was us both laughing so hard we were
    crying.

    Over the years, we managed to get out a few more times to fish together. Every time, we talked and laughed about that first fishing trip.

    Before he died, it was always his plan to spend his later years fishing. I can imagine how neat it would have been to sit with him and design and make some awesome plastic lure for us to use on our next fishing trip. Even if we weren’t as
    successful as we were that on that first trip together, we’d probably be
    laughing just as hard.

    1. Wow, my dad also worked as a diesel electrician for a railroad, well actually he spent most of his career as a troubleshooter. Trains are massive engines, that pull long trains full of cars. When they stopped to fill up the large tanks of Diesel fuel, it was his job to find and fix any problems they had before sending the train on its way.

      He spent many years doing this, and eventually the range of the trains was increased, and the depot he worked at was reduced to just a skeleton crew. He ended up working in a town several hours hours away, and would only be home on the weekends, where he spent much of his time fixing things, and building new things.

      His knowledge was not limited to just electrical things. We fixed cars, replacing engines when they need to, and even completely overhauling my own car when I was a teenager. He gave me one of the most valuable things you can ever give a person. Knowledge.

      I guess I picked up my makerness from him. I have become the fixing guy. Because of what my dad taught me I am not afraid to try to do new things. Luckily I have resources like this website that make it easy to keep learning new things.

      I only hope I can pass on my knowledge to my two sons, and instill in them the desire to keep learning, keep making, and hopefully one day teach their kids.

  107. My father has been dust since 1997. But my mother raised me and my sister alone and recently had a stroke. so a 3D printer would come in handy for making adaptive tools for her. I’m also disabled so making tools for our benifit would be great…….

  108. I would use this to get my twin eight year ago daughters interested in making (and the science of things) while they are young. When they are older I hope they will look back with fond memories of when they first got involved in learning everything with daddy.

  109. Some of my earlies memories are of working in Grandpa’s shop building swords and fishing rods and race cars out of scrap lumber and nails he and Dad let me use.  We would spend all day in the shop, tinkering and turning out projects.  In the evening, around the meal Grandma lovingly prepared for us, Grandpa would captivate us with stories of his career in the Apollo space program.  His work on the rockets had help put man on the moon, and he would tell us of the things he helped make and the people he met.  Years later, Dad and I built rockets out of 2 liter bottles and a bike pump.  Each one to my 8 year old dreams held the possibility of reaching space, just like Grandpas’.   Now I have a son and daughter of my own, and they love nothing more than to be given wood and nails in “Pop’s shop”.  My four year old son looks up at the sky at that slightly red star and swears to his little sister he can see a robot on Mars.   

    So, we would print swords and fishing rods and race cars.  We would print Apollo rockets and Mars rovers.  But most of all, we would build the dreams and imaginations, and love of tinkering in the hearts of sons and daughters and grandchildren.

  110. This is a really nice thing of you guys to do! I’ve never been able to give my dad anything for Father’s day even during college I couldn’t afford anything. I made due by making them things most years, but less and less once I entered college.

    If my dad had the opportunity to print something on this he honestly probably still wouldn’t, he’d tell me to. Not because he’s not capable or dislikes technology (he always tells me about the printers on TV shows and cool gadgets he’s seen), but because he really supports me towards working computer graphics work.

    During college I struggled a lot with my Digital modeling classes and while he didn’t know at all how I was doing what I was trying to do, he looked up student animations on Youtube and told me I should be doing THAT if I really want to, and that i CAN.

    So he would want anything from me and I would want to really print him something amazing to make up for all the Father’s days I haven’t been able to give or make anything for him. Probably a huge turtle since my family got turtles when I moved out and his facebook picture is a picture of him holding a large turtle, smiling as wide as I have ever seen. I want to see him smile that wide in person, from something I can make for him.

    Thanks for the opportunity and good luck to everyone!

  111. Space… The final frontier; The best times spent with my father albeit him in a wheel chair watching star trek and talking of technology. I am not pulling the emotional card here, through 3D printed technology he was able to regain the strength in his back. From a electric wheelchair to waterskis after 8 years of my youth and cured by the technology you have started to offer. The morphine pump was printed out of a non-immune rejecting plastic that allowed him to on his own regain his strength. He is a post modern wizard and would print out impellers and parts for his boats and star trek models for his grandchild to play with. This would be a way to once again respire his passion for life. You guys rock thank you for listening!

  112. My dad, my brothers and I have always loved making things.
    My dad has made model airplanes and real buildings and many things in between.
    I have always loved robots and miniatures and building them.
    With a 3d printer we could make models of my brothers recumbent bike to test air drag, make airplane model parts, and make parts for my robots.
    My 3d printer is very small and I am forced to cut my parts into smaller pieces to make them fit. We would all love to take advantage of the larger size and two print heads of this Leapfrog 3d printer.
    My humanoid Dave would love to be finished and have me start on his friend Jen.
    I think this new printer would get us all thinking of wonderful new projects to print, add servos and make it move.

  113. Hi. I don’t think I have the dad story you’re looking for unfortunately. I still need
    this printer however, to make the world a better place for all the great dads out there. I know some who are struggling to help provide good homes for their children. I will help ease this burden by fulfilling my life’s ambition to create sustainable, customizable, biomimetic architectural blocks which will require very little money and zero power tools to build with. I’m learning to program evolving structures now and 3D printing is the next step in the poorly funded master plan. Oh, the prototypes I will print with composite materials! I could even print a father figure! Get it? A figure of a father? Ok, that was bad. My point is, that printer and I have a destiny. Don’t stand in our way! Happy Father’s Day to all and let’s make houses!

  114. Dad, you always helped cover for my clumsy mistakes and overall destruction of just about everything around the house, growing up. In the days where super glue and duct tape spared me the wrath of mom’s vengeance, you and your clever “quick fixes” spared my behind more times than I can count. From the time I destroyed the cordless phone’s plastic casing to see what was inside, to the time a attempted to pull the motor from the vacuum when I was 9, because I believed I could make a go cart with it, you always helped me salvage my mistakes. The time I blew out the huge sliding glass door with the potato cannon I built…..well, you couldn’t save me there. As a new dad, I too would like to help cover my son’s inevitable tornado-like path of destruction. The Creatr XL would be a huge help in carrying on this tradition of mercy and creativity. I will always have the trusted superglue and duct tape ready, but in a world where plastic components are in everything, this printer will push the creativity, curiosity, and unavoidable destruction that come with a curious child and an equally clumsy husband.

  115. My father and I never had much of a relationship when I was a child. He was busy working to support the family and I was busy working to support my car and computer intrests. Now that I am an adult we have found a common interest in antique engines and tractors. We both have an interest in building a hit and miss engine. I am also pursuing the build your own Gingery machine shop so that we can have the tools to take on such a project. A tool like this would be outstanding for prototypes or even making molds for the home made aluminum foundry.

  116. My father passed away a few years ago, but not before spending some time with my two boys. I have worked in the computer industry for the past 15 years and have discovered 3d printing recently and have shown the benefit to my boys to see where their minds could go. For nothing more, I would love to develop something for everyone that would better the lives of a group of people large or small, prototyped and constructed using a 3d printer with my kids. That would mean the world to me.

  117. When I was a kid, my dad and I would build flying model
    rockets and RC planes together. These are some of my favorite memories from my
    childhood. We used mostly wood and paper the, but if this level of technology
    existed, I’m sure a 3D printer would have been one the tools we employed.

    Sadly, my father passed a few years before my eldest son was
    born, so they never had the chance to meet. I want to share as much of my father
    with my sons as I can, so we can carry on the tradition. My sons and I have
    worked on simple projects together, but they are getting to an age that we can
    start working on some larger projects. I
    would like to think that they will remember these times as fondly as I do. This
    3D printer would be a great tool for us to further our making endeavors.

  118. My dad would print Al Pacino. He owns every film, and has seen every interview. He’s got the classy memorabilia and the bobble head.

    If he had the chance to print world peace, he’d do that after printing Al Pacino. But I’m sure world peace, whatever that would look like, would come next.

  119. Well, I’m sure this isn’t the most creative or sentimental comment, but
    it is true and from the heart. I’m 51 with a 3 yr old son, so I value
    every moment I have with him, knowing I’ll be leaving him all too soon.
    My dad passed away at 47, when I was just 25, and he never knew how his
    influence on my creativity led me to become a toy designer and
    modelmaker. I’d love to teach my son how to use this newfangled 3D
    printer technology to bring his dreams to life and perhaps become a
    ‘maker’ in his own right. He already makes his own Thomas the Train
    characters and buildings out of cardboard and scraps.

    Besides
    that, I’d love to have a 3D printer to make my own projects. I kinda
    have this crazy idea to print small ornament-sized Australian XB Falcon
    cars to sell or offer as a kickstarter to help finance my restoration of
    my full-size Aussie Ford Falcon John Goss Special. And then maybe do
    other projects to help finance the restoration of my Dad’s old 1963
    Pontiac Catalina that they brought me home in when I was born. I’d
    kinda like to get that restored for my son by his 16th birthday. I know
    my wife would like to see some of my restoration projects graduate from
    our driveway/garage…

    As it is now, I just have access to my
    own modest shop, instead of the “industrial might” of Trendmasters or
    the well-equipped museum workshops I managed, but I still love to make
    things. I do prop weapons and parts for cosplay costumes as a hobby,
    and am currently working on a steampunk Imperial German Zeppelin
    Infantry costume complete with motorized wings. That 3D printer would
    come in handy for making all kinds of stuff I fabricate by hand now.

    I’m
    an Army vet with several overseas deployments and one year left until I
    retire from the Guard, and am now embarking on a second career as an
    elementary school teacher. My focus is on gifted education, especially
    in an urban environment. I’d love to have a 3D printer to address the
    needs of underprivileged and minority gifted students who may not have the access to the technology other more affluent districts provide.

    Thanks for considering me, and I hope whoever wins the printer deserves it and uses it to make the world a better place.

  120. Now, I have a few choices. I could say some sob story about how a tragic pinball accident killed my father, with his last words being, “3D print something… neat”. Followed by my rise to glory in the 3D printing world. Or, maybe I could tell you all about how I can save the world and all I need is a 3D printer with an oddly large Z axis build height. I could even say something about wanting a printer all my life and never getting one, but I’ll just say the truth.

    Honestly, I already have a printer, well kind of. Currently, it’s a disassembled heap of plywood and M2 screws which was formerly know as a printrbot simple, currently getting modded, but I don’t know what to do because I accidentally got a pulley stuck on a motor. Honestly, how does that even happen? Based on the mess in my desk and room, if you were to walk it, you would probably assume it’s some sort of serial killer-esque mouse torture device rather than a 3D printer, only to be more confused by the can of my mom’s hairspray I stole and have had in my possession for over a month now.

    What would I print with this printer? Well, I think the better question is what wouldn’t I print. Well, a lot. there’s at least seven or so files available for printing, so I don’t really think I could print everything. I’m not going to tell you about how I’m will print wells for children in Africa, honestly, almost none of prints will go to children in Africa. I’m sorry, but it’s the truth! Maybe I’ll print the letter “O”, which clearly Leapfrog forgot when naming the “Creatr XL”. I might make a smaller printer inside the printer! (haha, bet you’ve never heard that one before) I won’t use this printer for anything useful. Knowing my dad, he would probably make some sort of iPad stand, or a plastic part we are missing on our snow blower. Does anyone actually use 3D printing for that? Or are they like me who make gears that mesh together just because they can. We would probably use it for some father son bonding time, printing a giant statue of liberty 2 feet tall and then have no clue what to do with it. Maybe use some 3D printed lures to go fishing during the one month print time.

    My dad’s birthday is July seventh, so that would be very cool for him to see that he gets this behemoth of a printer! I’m sure he’ll be hating me for getting it for him when he realizes how easy it is to spend your entire day modeling and 3D printing

    I kind of feel bad, with everyone hoping this printer makes the world a better place. I would just make a quadricopter, if that counts as making the world a better place? I’ll wrap this up, because I’m sure you guys have tons of entries to go thorough, with a haiku I wrote about 3D printing:

    wait, how do these work
    haikus, not printers, well, both
    this haiku was bad

  121. My father lived by hand crafting custom constructions projects. For as long as I can remember, he took me along, on these side jobs for people who never really appreciated the artisanal devotion he applied to the floors, countertops, stairs and every other wooden thing that everyone needs, uses, and takes completely for granted. But, as a 6 year old watching, I saw the devotion. I watched my father’s iron arms cut raw wood, ceramic, and other esoteric materials (I.e. plastics) into crazy, illogical shapes that suddenly all fit together into something beautiful, something substantial and solid. I grew to understand that there’s a lost art here. I can’t count the hours for how often he handed me a small job, like sanding the corners or filling in the holes with putty. And looking back into these memories of my foray into handy “illiberal arts”, I realized that for every half hour he let me try my hand at completing the work, he likely spent another hour fixing my amateur mistakes, without complaint or admonishment, only kind guidance – “Fold the sandpaper here,” “Don’t worry, just get the holes you can see,” ” Okay, buddy – good work! There’s a juice box in the truck for you!”

    Now, as a biomedical engineer with my own 6 year old precocious daughter who watches Beakman’s World and 3D printing videos nonstop (I have the Netflix records to prove it!) and toils away at her own crazy, illogical designs that snap into a unique beauty to show her grandpa, I can’t wait for the chance to bring a 3D printer into the home, to let her share with my father who will, with silent joy, quietly guide her efforts into a solid reality.

  122. My son has lots of duplo blocks, and a modular train tracks (the traditional peg-at-end type). I would love to make/print adapter blocks/tracks so that the legos and tracks could hook into one another for crazy train set action, or make train cars with lego pegs so he could make his own custom cars, just different ways to encourage his love of building.

  123. I’m working to get a 3d scanner system going that will permit me to make a 3d model of my mom and dad together, in their “finest.” I’m currently short a video card, but really hope to afford one soon, as they’re now in their 80’s. I know this doesn’t directly tie into the giveaway, but I wanted to pass along the idea to anyone who realizes that this will eventually become one of the two hardest days of the year. I’m a wreck just thinking about it. It’d be nice to have them standing proudly on my desk.
    As for me, a father myself, I hope that build volume would open the door to many projects with my stepson. I’m looking for ways for us to connect better in the short times I have with him every other weekend, beyond the occasional Halo LAN party.

    I’m also hoping to work on prosthetics for those that can’t afford them, and have ideas regarding using the 3d printer as a rapid prototype system, for making molds used to cast actual devices at a fraction of the current costs of things like Robohands, which are still inaccessibly priced for many people. I’m talking functional, durable hands for under $100 if I can pull it off.

  124. My father and I would probably print a relationship! Just kidding! We would probably make a variety of rod holders and hooks for storing all of our gear! I personally would probably go broke trying to makes all sorts of creations, my first one though would definitely be a phone stand so I can have it sitting up on my desk!

  125. I was raised by my grandfather who started working in underground coal mines at the age of 14. Working in coal mines, miners know that an accident could be waiting just around the next corner if your not paying attention. My grandfather worked at one mine where he had just wished a double shift and went home for the night but as he arrived home he received a phone call saying to report back to work because there had been a mine explosion. Over 200 coal miners, fathers, sons, brothers, uncles, nephews and friends were killed. My grandfather spent many hours helping to retrieve many of those men out of the mine.
    I served in the United States Maine Corps and after I was discharged I went to college and received an engineering degree where my first job was working at the local coal mines. I was a fourth generation coal miner from my family, working as hard as I could to make my grandfather proud of me.
    My grandfather passed away after working in the coal mines for 46 years. He never got the chance to see what kind of a father I became. I no longer work in the mines and moved away so my son would never have to work under ground. I think about him often when ever I am faced with a life problem and I think to myself, what would he do in a situation like this.
    If I were to win this 3D printer, I would like to print a face portrait of my grandfather that I could honor his memory with on this fathers day!

  126. Growing up in the 70s and 80s, my dad and I were always thrilled with new technologies and breakthroughs. We always thought we were living in a revolutionary age, with humanity making astonishing leaps in technology in such a short time. It was an exciting time to be alive! My dad was my mentor and my best friend. He taught me trigonometry when I was in first grade, in the hopes that I would one day follow in his footsteps in civil surveying and technical engineering. When my interest in computers caught his attention, he made sure that I had one the following Christmas in order to pursue programming. He was a man of many talents, both intellectual and artistic. I remember him showing me many pages of his Rube Goldberg drawings he made in his high school years, and how we both thought it would be fun to try and make something ourselves. We never did get around to it, but this article just reminded me of it for some reason…how utterly cool it would be to be able to engineer and manufacture some of the parts needed for those wacky designs to complete a simple action or objective. My dad always took great joy in discovery and learning, especially when it came to his youngest child and namesake. Trips to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL, the Field Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago….bringing out one of his decades-old theodolites to look at the craters in the moon, since we didn’t own a telescope. My father encouraged and inspired my every dream, and when the family budget allowed it gave me the tools to pursue these endeavors. Sadly, I lost my father to cancer on December 20th, 1999. I only wish that he’d lived long enough to see my greatest accomplishments….providing him three grandchildren that would have loved him as much as I do, and that share the intellect, curiosity and creativeness that he saw in me at such a young age. My two youngest have Asperger’s Syndrome, but they are simply brilliant. Since my dad can’t be here to share in the joy that are these kids, it is my job to instill in them the same values, passion and yearning for knowledge as he did for me so many years ago. Someday I will visit my mother, go through old boxes of my father’s papers and documents, in the hopes that I can find a few of those old Rube Goldberg sketches and attempt to build one or more of them with my children in his honor. I think he would have gotten a kick out of that. Here’s to hoping I’m able to fulfill that desire with a 3D printer…the wonders we’ll be able to create are endless! Thank you for your consideration!

  127. My father is a huge sports fanatic but nothing compares when it comes to
    his interest in basketball. Its true. I have witnessed it since I was a toddler and
    up to now he still loves basketball. I could tell by seeing him watch the games
    on T.V. international or local and hear when discussing game results with friends
    or even strangers that has the same interest. I remember long ago over hearing
    his conversation with friends that long ago he watches the games through our neighbors T.V. because we don’t own one back then they said.

    Hence, I’d like to 3d print a trophy similar to a MVP award given on basketball finals games and present it to my father not only that he will love to own one of those but because he is definitely a MVP of the family that deserves such an award.

  128. Growing up my dad helped me so much by trying to introduce new things to me like technology and innovation. It instilled in me the desire to innovate as well. My father has been fascinated with the different things a 3D printer can do. He and I would print anything and everything. We would create new things to work with the Arduino, and the Raspberry pi. We would create things that real people could use, but beyond that it would give my father and I the opportunity to innovate together and learn together. You could almost say we would print an even stronger relationship. Plus I think my father would really love a monster sized Death Star and fleet of rebel Fighters!

  129. My dad is a mold maker, and has instilled the fundamentals of making in me since I was a kid. He’s a hard worker and takes a lot of pride in his trade. I turned out to become an electronic engineer, and I love making things and share that same pride for the things I make. If I had a 3D printer as epic as this one, I would do something I’ve been thinking about now for about a year… I would create a website where people in the Chicago, IL area could submit a STL file to be printed for a super reasonable price, shipping included (like OSHPark.com). It would only be for people in this area initially to keep the demand low enough to make the printer available more quickly. I would LOVE to make this a reality!

  130. Very cool give away! I’m afraid I cant really compete with most of these comments. My father in his mid 70’s is in fine health. I’m in good health, my children are in good health and my grand children are also doing just fine.
    The one thing my father did give me was a love of old cars and trucks. I passed it on to my kids, and my grand kids too.
    I think the first project we would make with this printer would be a family surprise project for my dad. He has always wanted a 1937 Ford Flatback sedan. We would print up one of these (scale size, not life size ha-ha) and have the grand kids paint it up. I know he would get a huge kick out of it. He collects scale models now and Im sure it would be his prized “collectible”
    I can see using it to print up antique car parts … badges etc. I can also see using it in my business, copier and printer repair. Some people just wont let go of their old machines and getting parts for a lot of them is impossible. Broken gear? Print up a new one.
    Thanks again for the contest … Someone is going to get a neat machine the whole family can learn and have fun with.

  131. My dad took astronomy from the late James Van Allen, namesake of the Van Allen Radiation Belts. This was astronomy back when they taught you how to use a sextant. Imagine that. One of the world’s greatest astronomers teaching you how to use a tool which allows you to navigate by the stars. The course I took, some 30 years later was quite different. Lots of computers, telescopes which would automatically point themselves to a designated celestial object, and less stargazing than my father’s recollection. I’d like to bring father, son, and grandson together first by 3-D printing a sextant. I’m sure my dad will be able to re-live some of his college experience through teaching us how it works. Using the inspiration of the stepper motor controlled telescope, I’d also like to create a gear-driven model solar system. It seems the build plate on this 3-d printer could really bring that idea to a large-scale. Big…, ahem, planetary gears, large, multicolored planets, and a considerably easier way to print sections of annular gears. How cool would that be?!? Father, son, grandson, the planets, and the stars.

  132. As a father with 2 young daughters, I would love to be able to enjoy emerging technology with my girls, printing most likely exclusively in pink. Both my wife and I grew up without a father figure, and my whole goal in life is to bring as much enjoyment and fun times into my girls lives as possible. My older daughter takes a real interest in creating things on the computer, and I’m sure that would translate to a 3d printer, I took her to my school once to see our markerbot in progress, and she just stared at it mesmerized. We have talked previously about trying to get one, but I am a student and there is no way it is within out budget for quite some time.

  133. Of the things I can see my husband do with one of these is making marble roller coasters for my daughter to experiment with gravity, momentum and other fun things, his own version of starships in 3D. Since we’re home schooling our daughter, this would get a work out, I am certain!

  134. My father has been dreaming about a 3D printer since I can remember.
    We have a lot of ideas about what we would print when we’ll get or build our printer.
    But the first thing we are going to print is a replica of the Kraftwerk band based on InMoov robot. We already have some of the instruments as I like playing music and my father built electronic drums and theremins for me.

  135. Well, I am a dad and my 5 year old and I are the proud new owners of a Monorail play set. Wouldn’t you know it, the TTA is not available. Also no switch tracks available. Entry/Exit stations? Nope! And heck, how can we complete our scale WDW model with the wrong radius size tracks? I submit that a 3-D printer would solve these problems, especially a multi-color/material one.

  136. Happy Father’s Day!

    “If I win, I’m going to print myself some cool new toys and
    probably Legos for my brother so we can make the random things we find around
    the house. My dad and I would probably print some car parts, especially those
    pesky screws that magically disappear like socks in the dryer. I always wanted
    a 3d printer because it’s so awesome and I can make like anything on the
    Internet.” – What I would have said 4-6 years ago

    I do not like my father. I sit and ask myself “Why is there
    even a Father’s Day?” This holiday would have passed like any other if he
    hadn’t shown me the link from Make. I don’t think he even knew what the article
    was about, but my sister managed to stumble upon it after looking through
    crochet references online. She yelled “Dad I think found a printer to replace
    our vampire one.” I think she meant inkjet. He probably only saw the term “3D”
    and that was enough to give me an assignment. Now it’s up to me, the “computer
    guy” in the family or more accurately the google “kung fu master,” to research
    and compare the latest and most advanced printers within our budget because who knew printable car wash coupons were fine works of art?

    My father and I don’t have that familiar bond that others
    may share. I don’t get along with him, but he gets along with me just fine. Why
    would he get along with me if I didn’t get along with him you may ask? When he
    has me as an assistant for his car projects, regardless of his name calling and
    complaints, he knows I will still help and I’m the only one who can. My sister
    won’t do it because we each know that our parents were raised with the
    traditional gender roles mentality, so we take advantage of that fact to push
    certain work or chores to each other. My mother’s already busy enough with her
    nightshift, so helping my dad in the hours before bed is stressful enough.
    Nowadays, he turns his anger into words and berates me for the bulb I broke
    when I accidentally pushed the flashlight off a shelf. I use to call this the
    flashlight attack or insult, but eventually decided against it because of my
    slight mispronunciation in a café once. Talking to your friend about your dad’s
    “fleshlight” (flashlight) issue when parents and kids are present isn’t very
    appropriate. I’m glad Make is holding this contest, otherwise I would have
    never had enough motivation to get this off my chest and would have forgotten
    that there are times where we share a moment all to ourselves.

    If I someday get my own 3D printer, I’m going to redesign
    the world in my own image of it by starting with items in my house. I want to
    prototype police cars, fire trucks, and ambulances because my 5 year old
    brother always love to play with toy models of them. A hybrid indoor and
    outdoor garden system that works and moves like a series of subtle cuckoo
    clocks for my mom. She once told me that on windy days, nature becomes more
    alive. My sister would request elaborate deserts or meals. For my dad I will make
    him the best darn flashlight he’ll ever need so one day he can take a good at
    me and say “That’s my son.”

    I don’t know what I want to make for myself yet. I’m not
    some genius innovator who can invent calculus as a hobby, but I do know I want
    to help others make something for themselves. Thank you for raising me to who I am today and Happy Father’s Day.

  137. My dad would probably print a son that would call him for a better reason than “What would you make with a 3d printer?”

  138. Okay – Mind officially blown. This thing is just crazy cool! And I can’t believe that Leapfrog even came up with it. That said – What does a 4-year old girl who loves puzzles want to do with this thing? Make cool 3D puzzles of course! And I was like – uh – yeah, that could happen. Unexpected request, but sure. Especially considering that daddy knows how to do 3D modeling. Now all we have to do is to come up with a design or two that she actually likes. No doubt in my mind, however – we want it! Cuz after that I’m gonna make her Halloween costume – a suit of interlocking, girly Iron “Man” Armor. Then maybe I’ll work on something for myself. All I can say is that the sky’s the limit with this machine :-)

  139. My dad and I will use the Leapfrog 3D printer to make more robots together. He’s an aerospace engineer and a weekend mechanic. I’m a manufacturing engineering student and 3D printing enthusiast. We work on all sorts of fun DIY/handy man/hobbyist projects together. We have already recently completed on a 5 DOF paint spraying robot for 3D printed parts, a filament extruder for 1.75mm filament, a mini R2D2, and a cat wheel (giant hamster like wheel for my cat). Our next robot is going to be a hexpod that would greatly benefit from the leapfrog printer due to the large build volume. I’ve designed the chassis in solidworks and a large leapfrog printer would help make this father son project come to fruition. Thanks for reading my post and I hope you consider the two of us :-).

  140. I’ll make this world a better one with such a 3D printer. It will be used to relieve a hardworking man anxiety, bring happiness to some little hearts, alleviate profound – I’d say even vital – needs.
    I’m the father of two little girls, and this printer is my way out of hours of shopping around in toy shops in search of the perfect set of chairs, tables, pedestal table for their dolls, the last resort for those “Woops, sorry dady!” which regularly rings in this house when their little hands pray on things just a bit too fragile, and may even allow me, if I manage to gain access to a printing run or two between two dollhouse redecoration project, to build a small scale prototype of my terrace-transforming roof idea. Well, it doesn’t work with the TV – I’ve yet to gain back access to it between two Hello Kitty episodes, but al this contest is about hope, right?

    At last, peace! Delight! Small birds twitting around!
    Plus, for a change, some father-daughters activity that won’t crush my maliness. This, I’d relish.

    For pity’s sake?

  141. That’s easy! My dad taught me how to he creative and also this one rule that I think of with anything I do ” the beauty lies in the details, if you’re going to do something do it right” I would love to teach my dad a new way to be creative and bring it full circle. Thanks for the chance to do something new with him

  142. As I’m growing older I’m starting to realize how hard working my father is. He has been working multiple jobs his whole life. He came from a poor family of 7 brothers & one sister but was the only one who would actually finish college by paying for himself as well run the family expanses. My grandfather was a farmer & passed away at an early age so my father had to take responsibility of the whole family & work incredibly hard to send all of his brothers &sister through school. He had to gave up on all his life dreams & never had the time to care for his own life. It’s only after spending all of is youth taking care of all them he got a chance to get married to my mom.
    Our family hasn’t been very well off but my father continued to work very hard to keep his children never feel the lack of anything.
    I can’t even imagine how he managed to pay for me to go to the best private schools & become an architect & also send my elder brother through medical school to become a doctor & my sister to become an economist.
    It’s really hard for me to grasp the level of sacrifice my father made through his entire life without complaining about a single thing or expecting anything in return for himself. I see myself feeling proud to be an architect but there’s nothing really to be proud of except for my fathers efforts.
    My father never got to use much technology except for a simple calculator or a prehistoric cellphone. He’s still not vary familiar with the computer or the internet. It’d be great if I could show how technology has evolved to make incredible things while he was busy all his life helping others.
    Also, I know if I will give the 3d printer to him as a gift he’ll be very happy but eventually gift it back to me because it’ll make him happier to see me happy.

  143. I like to think that my Dad sees my Maker tendencies as the plus side of me disassembling (and occasionally reassembling) half of our household as a child. I’d love to get my Dad down to our MakerSpace and give this printer a spin. I think that he’d get a kick out of scanning in one of his wooden Santa carvings and printing it out again!

  144. Bless my father, he tries very hard but seems to miss his mark every time. Around 2000-2001 he had a decent position at Novell which he was laid off from. Since then has been nothing but struggle and although he works very hard, he just seems to get caught up in scheme after scheme and it ends in failure. Even close to 15 years later he is still struggling with his entrepreneurship with one idea after another and it seems he has nothing but mediocre success if not failure. Sometimes it is frustrating to watch, and sometimes it is painful when he has to ask to borrow money, but on the other hand it is encouraging to see such a fight after so long. Growing up as a child you see your father as an all powerful being, capable of overcoming all problems. But something happens when you grow up, you start to see a lack of confidence in some areas, or mistakes being made in others. Opinions may vary, but he is still your father and no matter what you love him for the choices he makes.

    At the moment he has put his entrepreneurial dreams on the sidelines so that he can support himself. I would hope with this printer he could MAKE something of himself once again and maybe turn things around, or at the very least find his creative side again.

  145. Growing up, my Dad and I didn’t spend a lot of time together, but once per year we’d go on a long trip into the mountains on a fishing trip. Fishing became the pastime that brought us together. He has always been incredibly into fishing and making lures and hooks, so I would love to try designing and printing fishing lures and rod modifications with him! This machine’s ability to use multiple materials would allow flexible lures or rods with dense cores and soft exteriors that bend in ways that traditional machines couldn’t do!

    Thanks!

      1. No reason you can’t post your story too! If I do happen to win, we will have to mail you a lure haha :) What kind of fish and types of lures do you and your Dad use?

  146. I’m the dad so “what would I do with one of these?” I would print the most awesome stuff for the family model train room so I could keep my kids coming back to visit their old man of a dad… :0|

  147. I never wanted to be a father until I saw your printer. One day I will print me an entire army of kids, each implanted with my own DNA, connected into the neural framework of their robotic limbs. They will all look up to me in unison and say “Hello Dad! Happy Fathers Day”. Can it print DNA strands yet? or print in spider silk? Carbon nanotube laced gel? Wait what year is this? Is it fathers day? Thanks for reminding me, I should pop in and see my Pop.

  148. My dad has Rheumatoid arthritis so gets in a lot of pain after his medication have worn off, he struggles to work with his hand when he is in pain. i would design and print plastic handles to fit on objects like doors and tools, they would be made out of a rubber substance this would help his hands to grip better even when he is still in pain.

    Thanks

  149. Dad was a maker before I was even a concept. I’m surprised I wasn’t fabricated from bits of foam, chunks of metal, carved wood, bits of plastic, duct tape, baling twine, and fasteners. Actually, that would explain so much!

    A printer would have been a huge help to my Dad; certainly more help than me, and would have asked far less questions. He cobbed up parts for his ’63 truck, his Gravely farm tractor and wagon that always needed to clear more acreage, his chainsaw that “warmed us twice,” odd bits to make farming more efficient, fishing lures that always caught a *few* more fish than I could, and finally, his retirement dream, a ’78 SeaCamper houseboat.

    The houseboat, his old dog, and that dream waited while he fought cancer. His doctors did everything possible to detect, deter, and defeat it, but it wasn’t enough. 3-D printer materials may have made that process easier for everyone involved, but it was yet to be invented.

    I inherited Dad’s precisely Dymo-labeled boxes of parts and fasteners, and In the 12 years since, I’ve gained more resourcefulness and even more respect for my father. I’m keeping my 14-year-old car alive, working on a ‘new’ 12-year-old motorcycle, improving my woodworking skills toward a possible career, plus maintaining my father’s small fishing boat, where he’d continue to out-fish me, if he could. A 3-D printer would be a huge help, and would open the doors for me to fabricate many of the ideas in my head, so I wouldn’t have to delay my dreams.

  150. It’s hard for me, someone who loves engineering, someone who will do anything to get just a little more engineering knowledge, someone who wants to do so much but cant, to live in a family who doesn’t support any of it. My family believes that grades and schooling is the only way to get anywhere in life, and they don’t believe that what I’m doing is worth anything. If I were to get a 3D printer, I would be able to share the love I have for designing and making things, and what better way to bond with your family than to share what you love?

  151. My dad is a tinkerer who prefers to repair rather than replace. He grew up with more imagination than money and put that to good use.

    I can see him creating just the right part to keep something else out of the landfill, and then repeating the process.

    He’d also take great pleasure in showing the next generations how to do the same, as he has with my family – and anyone else who wants to learn.

  152. If I had one, we’d print together parts for my future pi based low orbit balloon, to have different sensors and features I keep drawing up.

  153. I’ve always wanted to print parts for my… Honestly, I’m probably going to end up making and printing figurines of critters and other things with my daughter. Two heads, three eyes, big teeth, etc.

    The current ones she makes from cardboard and such just don’t have the right “what the hell is that?” response from my wife.

  154. I am an occupational therapist who works in an inpatient rehab hospital, and it has been my dream ever since I first heard of 3D printers to design splints and braces-maybe even prosthetics!-for my patients.
    The Create XL would give me the opportunity to assist with helping my patients reach a level of independence that is, at the moment, often prohibited by cost, time, materials, and durability. Imagine how easy it would be to adapt splints and prostheses, just by making simple adjustments to the original design. At the moment, almost every tweak to a design requires me to start from scratch. (And to be honest, when you wear something on your hand for that long, it can start to smell.) Plus, they look a lot cooler, and would increase people’s compliance with wearing them.
    This would really change both my life and the lives of my patients! (Plus, it would make my Dad really proud, he says.)

  155. My dad would print up
    rather useful and practical parts for making repairs around the house. But once
    the chores were done, we would make a radio controlled version of his dream car,
    a ’57 Chevy Bel-Air. My dad lost a lot of his mobility when I was young due to
    MS, so instead of teaching me to ride a bike, he taught me to use an ohm meter
    and oscilloscope. When some kids where playing catch with their dads, my dad
    and I where soldering up some project in the basement. I had the best childhood
    ever.

  156. The first thing I can remember making for my dad growing up was an ashtray out of clay. My dad didn’t smoke so I guess the gift was pointless or at least off-base, but when I brought it home to him he was so thankful and proud. Through the years, my gifts to him were probably similarly off-base, but his thankfulness and pride never waned. Now that I am in medical robotics, he looks back to the early clay ashtray as a launching pad for my zeal for creating. He is very proud and I love him for his constant support. If we were to win the printer, I’m sure he would ask me to make a copy of the clay ashtray he still has and then tell me to go grow and create and continue to make him proud.

  157. My husband would print with our daughter…they’ve been learning tinkerCad together and can’t wait to try and print something. They make a great team!

  158. OK, so here is how it is going to go down. Father’s Day is right around the corner, but being unemployed means I have no spare income to purchase a Father’s Day present. Of course, since our son is 3, he is pretty much worthless for legally obtaining cash with (although I did I once offer to trade him to a car salesman for a vehicle… the salesman found this shockingly offensive for some reason, perhaps I was mistaken on the value?).

    So imagine, Father’s Day morning comes (because it’s always about the holiday mornings, except on Valentine’s Day), and there is this amazing beastly 3D printer just sitting there, waiting to faithfully print out gaming miniatures, terrain, and all sorts of other awesomeness.

    In this situation, does the father assume that I won a contest? That I obtained employment and did not tell him? That I embezzled funds from our own savings and unemployment income? That I have turned to illegal fundraising activities such as prostitution and drug sales?

    In fact, can one even assume that this mysterious white box, mysteriously appearing on the table during the mysterious time between the twilight and the dawn, is even made from human hands? And how will this even happen if the winner of the contest is not even announced until days after the morning in question?

    There can be only one explanation.

    Aliens.

    And that’s how it’s going to go down on Father’s Day.

    (moronicus_lithographica@live.com)

  159. My dad inspired my love of making. Throughout my childhood, I never remember a single repairman coming to my house. If something was broken, dad fixed it.

    Beyond that though, he inspired me to use making for CREATIVE uses and not just utilitarian ones. Every year on valentines day, dad would help us win the “coolest valentines box” award. One year we built a motorized beehive with bees that flew around on thin wires, with a sign that said “Bee my valentine!”

    My dad instilled in me the belief that if you’re creative and resourceful, you can make your ideas reality. My goal as a father is to do the same for my kids.

    If I won this printer, I’d use it to empower my children to create whatever their little minds could dream up. Whether they wanted to make toys or statues or games or crazy inventions, we’d work together to find a way to make their ideas reality.

    Moreover, I’d use it to show my girls that they can do anything that boys can do, and that making and tech are fields they can conquer too. Together with my dad, we’d have a tri-generational family of makers in one room. I can’t imagine anything cooler than that.

  160. Recent father of a daughter. Have made her crib, slings, finishing a combo rocker, stroller, minicar. I would probably use this to Make custom gears. And the dual extrusion Makes me want to try conductive materials for the whole integrated wiring idea. And pretty toys.

  161. My Dad, with his unique sense of humor, would print a lopsided ashtray and show everyone “what his daughter gave him for Father’s Day this year.”

  162. We’ve had to move into a flat, meaning that dad had to give up his workshop -aka single car garage. Since the move, things are tight and cramped so all of his tools were sold. Since then he has been teaching himself 3d modelling, with my help, he is not a sit in front of the tv sort of person, saying that if he can’t build things in real life, at least he can build them in a computer. I’d love him to be able to print out his models, even in miniature, so he can get the tactile feel of holding it in his hands again.

  163. I’m a father of a daughter who recently graduated from college with a design degree. Nothing would please me more than to see one of my daughters 3D designs brought to life with that wonderful printer. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there.

  164. My tale is a true story of “back to the future.”

    My dad was a huge influence on me and my forever lasting fascination with emerging technology. Growing up, I wasn’t showered with the typical toys given to girls like Barbie dolls and Princess attire. Instead, my dad chose to introduce me to coding with a Texas Instruments 99/4a in 1981, programmable electronic toys from Radio Shack, telescopes in the backyard, Atari games and mechanical VCRs. In 1983, he was one of the first architects in the Fort Worth area to purchase AutoCad. Run with floppy disks on a Victor 9000, he encouraged me to play and explore. I remember tinkering around on it in his office. To me, it was more of a game than a vocational tool. As time went on, he introduced me to the first Sony floppy disk storage digital cameras and finally we ventured out into the wilds of Texas to experience the treasure hunting game of Geocaching with a Garmin GPS handheld.

    In the late 90’s, I moved away from Texas and away from the opportunity and time to play with and explore technology with my dad. And as I have moved on, my dad has moved on. We became distracted with other priorities and interests in life. Our encounters with technology gravitated to the more mainstream adoption of mobile smart phones, MP3 players and practical uses of the Internet.

    About 3 years ago, I learned about the incredible advancements in 3D printing accessibility for the home. My dad was the first person I called to tell about this amazing futuristic technology. Now in his 80’s, he was amazed and even doubtful that we have progressed into the stuff of science fiction. But I quickly showed him videos and actual prints that ignited the excitement and curiosity we both shared in our earlier years. Alas, the available printers were a tad out of our price range.

    In addition to being a talented architect and champion of early technology, my dad is a phenomenal cartoonist. He is frequently recruited to create drawings to narrate stories and award as prizes for social events. One of his most prized cartoons is a drawing of a White Elephant that he takes to ‘white elephant” Christmas parties. It is the one gift that guests will fight over. The coveted drawing is always destined for a vigorous exchange of ownership as the participants repetitively steal it from one another throughout the game.

    I would love to pick up where we left off and, once again, embark on a journey of technology exploration with my dad. I’d like to turn his idea of creating 2D drawings of a white elephants into 3D printed modern day versions.

    In short, I’d love to take my dad where he took me so often during my childhood. I’d like to take him “back to the future” for Father’s Day.

  165. I asked my 7 year old what he and his Dad would do with a 3D printer. He said, “We’d make Art. We’d also make helpful things, like Dr. Who, and Rose and Martha and Amy and Rory and Clara. And the Daleks…Hey, I didn’t say we’d only make helpful things!”

  166. My father couldn’t be less in me having a 3D Printer and wouldn’t have the slightest clue what to do with one. Sorry; he wouldn’t win any awards for Best/Worst Father Ever, but neither do I feel like writing some goopy post about what a supportive guy he isn’t – contra, I neither feel like raking him over the coals. He is who he is, and I am who I am. Sorry for everyone who IS writing a lovely post about how wonderful their Dad is; you should feel fortunate to have him in your life. This holiday is for you. Know how lucky you are, and please feel gratitude to the orphans and orphans-by-choice in your life.

    That said, I am still going to enter. I am a recent SAIC BFA in the Art and Technology department. Last semester I was working in Tom Burtonwood’s Digital Scanning and Printing class on these Victoriana Dinosaur Busts. They’re an exploration of the focus on science and memorializing that history, as well as a comment on the mass-produced plaster busts that often grace bookshelves of artists and designers.

    If I won the Creatr XL, I’d immediately start scaling these up and making really huge prints of them. They’re monumental in their own way, and deserve to be sized that way.

    Thanks,
    Victoria Morris.

    shapeways.com/shops/anbaric

  167. My father and I bonded over watching goofy scary movies when I was a kid in the 80s, and while there might have been a couple I shouldn’t have seen (when Carrie reached her hand out of the !%$@ grave! Ack!), what are a few nightmares compared to all the warm and fuzzy memories?

    We’d have a blast 3D printing EVERYTHING for our yearly Halloween parties!

    Creepy lifelike mask of my own face? Check. The best ever Batman costume for my young cousin? No problem! Ooh, or a mask based on that terrifying spider-eggs-in-your-face illustration from “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” that my father had to repeatedly reassure me WOULD ABSOLUTELY NOT, NOT EVER actually happen to me.

    We’d geek out on cheesy 80s horror movies themes! I wonder if we could make a doorway curtain with the vampire face cloud image from Fright Night…

  168. My grandpa was a lawyer and his meager income (34 cents per month) could hardly support a family of 9. The food mainly came from our agricultural lands and the rest of the money went in educating all his children (including dad). My grandfather couldn’t afford electricity so all of them used to study under street lights. My dad was one of them. He studied hard and eventually he enrolled himself in a prestigious university in India. Astounded by his hard work, my grandpa gifted his own mechanical wrist watch to my dad which costed him a lot more than his monthly income. Dad took great care of the watch and he preserved it very well. Fast forwarding 20 years, dad showed me the watch once and I played along with it (I was 6 years old). I broke it. Dad was furious, but he managed to control his anger. I never felt this embarrassed and I still despise myself for committing such blunder. And with grandpa gone, it gets even worse.

    Today, I saw this post and a wild idea conjured up in my mind. I once saw a few DIY posts about building a mechanical watch at home. And with the help of a 3D printer, I can actually build one and gift it to my dad. A vintage mechanical watch built with a 3D printer. Such a great amalgamation of technologies it will be. And a great gift too. I hope it also reminds him of his dad as well :-)

  169. My dad died of liver and kidney failure when I was just entering adulthood. I’ve been very lucky to have my step-dad, who has filled this void for me over the years. In return, I’ve been a devoted daughter, which he also needed. We’ve been able to be there for each other, even though we are not related by blood. My step-dad is an amazing carpenter who has built his own homes in the past and has done a lot to help others when they really needed it. I would love to show him a modern technology that could allow him to restore parts of his 250 year old family home by printing pieces that could help him in the refinishing process. In particular, there is the original homestead on the property, which we think is around 400 years old. I would love to help him turn this building into a museum that we can pass on to future generations in our family. Refinishing the old furniture, mouldings and objects that have been stored inside for so long, would mean a great deal to him. He treasures history, family, and giving to the future. I would like to give something precious to him.

  170. My dad killed himself several years ago, but if I won this I’d print parts for projects he’d love to do, I remember him fixing things around the house and How much he loved music. I think I’d mainly focus on printing things for organizing toolboxes and things in the house, especially since he was so organized and that is an area where I’m lacking. Regardless as to who wins it, Happy fathers day (early) to all the dads out there. Please remember your kids need you and want you to stick around! :D
    P.S. Don’t feel sorry for me here, I’ve learned a lot from my dad, and even though he left in a bad way, I like to think his memory lives on in a good way, So PLEASE, no “Sorry for your loss”es. Death is part of life. Nothing to be sorry for.

  171. My dad died a couple of years ago; I’m sure if I’d had one of these while he was alive and in good health, he’d have had me making trim parts for his 67 Mustang. Or nice cabinet handles to replace the ones I screwed up all those years ago…

    As it is, I’d use it for costume armor parts. Add ons for my Vader, detail pieces for my X-Wing pilot, components for the new costumes we’re going to be seeing for Episode 7 for my wife and stepchildren. And I’d finally finish my stepdaughter’s Iron Man armor, after 3 years. I’m sure I’d find any number of things to use the printer for, but those would be the big ones for me and my family.

  172. He came into our lives when I was a boy and I absolutely despised the man! Hours of yard work for no allowance, getting scolded for doing stuff boys do is no fun for a couple of young hooligans who’s father passed years prior. Nobody can replace a father, but Paul did his best to raise us right, keep our amazing mom happy, and run a milk business for 30+ years. 24 years later, and 12 years after I moved out, Paul and I have a much different relationship. Most recently he has developed Parkinson’s Disease which is a huge blow coming from a cheerful Veteran who pushed dollies for so many years, always made sure there was enough food on the table, and raised my brother and I to become the gentlemen we are today.

    His condition continues to worsen, and I would like an opportunity to give back to the cheerful man that once upon a time stole my mother away but has now become so integral in my life. This is so difficult for me to write, because we never know how much time we have left until it’s too late. The clock is ticking. My ambition is to collaborate with him in creating braces that not only contour with his body, but also in creating puzzles for concentration. I’ve socked away for a 3D scanner thanks to crowdsourcing, the missing puzzle piece can finally be realized with your contribution to the vision. I really appreciate the opportunity to share my story, and hope it serves as inspiration to others. Thank you Paul, I love you man!

  173. My father was an engineer who designed his ideas and had a hard time bringing them to fruition, for in his days he depended on “pattern makers” to understand his drawings/plans to make a wooden pattern so it could then be cast in metal, and then finish-machined and/or further hand-filed & sculpted to produce the finish product.
    Today I too am an engineer in the remanufacturing and upgrading of centrifugal pumps, and I surely would LOVE to own a 3D printer in which to plot my design ideas before submitting them to final production! I would like to plot my “compound vane geometry impeller” to demonstrate my ideas to prospect users/beneficiaries before launching into manufacturing of the final product. This printer would be instrumental in helping me to achieve my objectives, to enrich the pump remanufacturing & upgrading industry!

  174. My dad has a motorcycle problem. He has the carcasses of at least 50 motorcycles. When he sees a rusty old thing on the side of the road, he has to pick it up. His friends (who all have wives at home who won’t let them fill up their property with piles of rust) all call him when they see a “good deal” on the side of the road and he comes to the rescue. Some languish in the barn, some get used for parts, many get fixed up for friends and young people who he introduces to a new hobby. By trade, he was a mechanic but by vocation he is a metalsmith and jeweler. I know he would love to get his hands on a 3D printer that’s big enough to model parts for the bikes and continuing to share his love for making and working with his hands with friends and family.

  175. I lost my Dad last year but if I had a 3D-printer, my son and myself are into doing things that would change the world. We are both into developing gadgets using the Raspberry Pi and the Arduino prototype boards and the 3D printer would take it up several notches in the things we could do. I could see my wife having 3D-printer parties with her sewing and quilting friends creating all kinds of quilt-ware.

    Thanks

  176. My Dad and I would print a 1:1 scale Tardis out of plastic (in sections and assemble), but it may take a little wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey…

  177. My Dad is and has been always a maker. He has done it all from creating small and finicky toys that kids have enjoys for years to our prized wooden giraffe used to hold housecoats in a kids room (now being passed down to my grandson) all the way through to building their house. In his 70s, he is still a maker and he passed that on to me from an early age. I have been creating and building for as long as I can remember. My latest addiction has been to restore electro-mechanical pinball machines. My other passion is my work with a not-for-profit musical theater company that puts families into shows and performs at family affordable prices. A 3D printer the likes of this would allow both of us, and others around us, to push our art forms further making mockettes for theater, parts for pinball machines and toys to delight family and friends for years to come.

  178. My Dad passed almost 20 years ago. Although he and my Mom settled in the US and became Americans, he’s buried in Denmark, where he was born, next to his parents and younger sister and brother. Now that my Mom has also died just recently, I’d like to bring my Mom’s ashes to be buried next to my Dad in an urn I’d print with the Leapfrog Printer. It’d be a 3D portrait of the whole family: My Mom and Dad, their four children, five grandchildren and the two dogs. I think that’d be a really nice gift for him.

  179. My dad loves spending time in the outdoors, more specifically spending lots of time on the water fishing, and ever since I was about 2 I’ve tagged along with him to the lake or river trying to out fish him. (That day rarely presents itself) We also both really enjoy doing things like custom tackle building and always trying to come up with the next best thing to catch more and bigger fish, the possibilities that a 3D printer would create for him would be endless when it comes to making fishing gear, camping gear, 3D printing has also been something we’ve wanted to try but never something we have been able to afford with the economy like it is. Any time one of us has a new invention of some sort we’re always trying to top it or improve it somehow, having technology to help with that would be amazing.

  180. My dad has always been a huge fan of the outdoors, camping, hunting, hiking, more than all of them fishing though. Ever since I was about 2 I joined him at the river or lake, trying to out fish him. (Doesn’t really happen) He has always enjoyed tackle making and trying to create the next new best thing that will catch more and/or bigger fish. Having a 3D printer would expand his innovation side and possibilities endlessly. He’s always wanted to have a 3D printer to dink with but never has he been able to afford one. A huge benefit for him would be the ability to print parts for fishing reels too. Last year we had a part break in the morning just before we started fishing. It was the part that kept the line from going out, after a lot of time diagnosing and trying to fix the issue eventually we cut up a spinner and bent the wire into a fashion to where it worked as the broken part…that day I caught a big Chinook salmon and he got skunked, but we celebrated together because if it weren’t for his ingenuity I wouldn’t even have been able to fish. Right now I am in highschool and jobless, the last few years have been really tough and I haven’t been able to get my dad anything for fathers day except for just homemade stuff, this would be an incredibly epic gift to give for this fathers day, one he would put to good use.

  181. I would use it to print out Norman Rockwell’s “The Scoutmaster” Using Dad as the Scoutmaster and my brother and me as the Scouts. Dad spent a lot of time with us in Scouting and helped us both get Eagle. I didn’t find out till I was in my 20’s that he never slept when camping. He couldn’t sleep on the ground because of his back.

  182. My dad and I would get my children into printing things. We talk about all the stuff with 3d printing to them already it would be amazing to see them building and printing things of their own.

  183. If you really knew my dad, you would know these two things about him: 1) he loves airplanes. He absolutely loves them; they are his hobby, his passion and his life’s work. To him, airplanes are these fascinating creatures with endless powers and abilities that he loves to exploit. He builds them, fixes them, enhances them; he loves to test their functions and press their buttons and to him, they are the ultimate gateway to exploring. 2) He is also smart, and not just your average smart, but a real intellectual. When he helps my brothers and I with our seemingly-complicated math homework, the words that leave his lips, I swear, are of a different language. Detail-oriented, nothing ever slips past him and everything is done to a perfection that can be mistaken for OCD. However, Dad’s intellectual status expands past just academia and into the real world where he uses his creativity to solve real issues and his kindness to make others happy. The quiet, nerdy airplane man behind the workbench with super glue stuck to his callused fingers is much, much more than he seems, being also a casual genius, a critical thinker, and a giver all in one.

    So knowing this and knowing my Dad, I can only imagine what he would do with a tool as spectacular and foreign as the Creatr XL printer. He might lock himself up in our garage and never come out, playing with his new toy and creating whole new airplanes, airplane designs, and airplane models, or he might make multiple projects to share with those around him, making the printer a gift to his loved ones. Either way, the Creatr XL would be more than just a printer to my Dad; it would be a gateway to something new and inventive that only he could imagine.

  184. When I was a child my Day helped me put together my first plastic model. It was a span-together model car. As I grew older I continued to build more detailed and complex models and my Dad was always there to help me and taught me details like the best way to paint and construct my model. He even taught me how to make custom adjustments to make the model unique or how I wanted.

    When I was 16 my Dad bought me a pick-up (1976 Chevy Step-Side) that didn’t run, was rusty, and needed a motor. We spend the summer putting together a motor, dropping it into that truck, installing a new gear shift, installing new carpet and making adjustments so I had a working vehicle. It was like when I was a kid but a full-scale model I could actually drive.

    If I won the first thing I would make a model car of a 1976 Chevy Step-side just like the one we built together. I would do a detailed paint job to make it EXACTLY like the one we made together. Nobody makes a model kit for that particular vehicle so it would be so unique and it would have so much sentimental value from those days of building models that culminated in my first vehicle!

    jmcharries@cox.net

    1. That sounds really nice. I remember my dad and brothers making model cars all of the time. Guess it’s one of those father-son things that just kind of happens

  185. We would spend more time together expanding our imaginations and creating new things that did not exist.
    -Grace, Jake, and Lily

  186. Enough already! My son, the Teenager, got it into his head that if he asks me for a 3D printer over and over again that I will get him one. So at least 10 times a day he asks. “Dad, can you get me a 3D printer?” “Dad, you said you would get me a 3D printer!” “Dad when are we going to order a 3D printer?” Make the madness stop!!! I would if I could, but my job went away and with it most of our income. My son is a budding engineer and inventor and loves robotics. He works with the robotics team at school so they would benefit as well if he had a 3D printer.

  187. Well the only thing my dad wants right now is a gazebo, so I guess I could figure out a way to lego piece-meal a 3d printed gazebo for him.

  188. Simple- a cool looking, more comfortable cast for our Granddaughter/daughter. She just turned 5 and a week later on memorial day fell off her bike, breaking her shin bone in 3 places.

    The directions don’t say to include it, but everyone else is including their story.

    In the past year the family has gone through:

    Surgery for all 3 members of the family
    Separate trips to the ER for mother and daughter
    June 2013 mom lost her job, but got a new one before severance wore out
    March 2014 dad lost his job and is still unemployed
    After Xmas the old family Labrador had to be pot to sleep

    I’m sure there is something else that I’m forgetting.

  189. This is an amazing opportunity for the winner to change other people’s lives in the same manner as profoundly as my Dad changed mine. My Father was a brilliant man, and unfortunately passed away seven years ago. He spent a great deal of his life sharing the tremendous amount of knowledge he had. There was honestly nothing he could not design, blueprint and build. He was quite simply, astonishing. Were I to win this phenomenal printer, I would use it to create the parts needed to teach children and aspiring special effects makers how to build animatronic hands, heads and anything else they could imagine. I would work especially hard to ensure, just as my Father did, that people who may not be able to afford professional training, still get the chance to express and grow their abilities. Thanks to my Dad there is almost nothing I can’t do with my hands and my mind. And since my wife and I can’t have children of our own, I would use the printer to pass my Father’s wisdom and knowledge on to the next generation in as many ways as my Wife and I could muster. Happy Father’s Day Dad. We love and miss you immensely.

  190. I would use it to build toy cars and robots for my son, so as he tears them up I would be able to fix them better. We also want to build a robot, a rocket, and a “Herbie the love bug”. He’s just 4. I know there isn’t much of a chance with all of these other heart wrenching stories, but my little boy is my best bud, so I have to give it a try. Being hyperactive, he probably wouldn’t be able to stand waiting for the prints to complete any way.

  191. My dad is rough on his lawn tractor and farming equiptment. He would probanly print parts for whatever needed fixin’. One that comes to mind is our best shovel”s handle broke. He would fix that up.

  192. Growing up I never had a dad i use to wish that i did but after many
    years I realized that it just wasn’t going to happen for me, but a
    few months before I turned 12 by some crazy twist of fate I got a chance
    to meet him for the first time. I lived with him for about 9 months and unfortunately we didn’t hit it off as well as I had always imagined we would. I wasn’t use to him
    and being the rough, tomboy girl that i was i think he had no clue how
    to really connect with or handle me.I’m 23 years old now and i have
    only seen my father 1 time since I was 12 and that was only about 9
    months ago. When we finally did see each other again he told me he was
    sorry he had not been there for me but he would like to make up for it
    now and get to know me. I think now he is more accepting of who I am. I
    think he now knows that i will never be that normal daughter who just sits there and looks pretty . He understands I’m the type of girl that likes working with
    her hands and getting a little dirty. I’m never going to be a girly-girl.

    I have wanted a 3D printer for some time now and i have been looking into ways to try and build my own.The 3D leap frog Printer is way more
    impressive than I could have ever hoped for mine to turn out like.If by some crazy
    miracle by god that I some how win this incredible printer, I think this
    would be a great way for my father and I to begin to bond when he comes to visit
    me. I would love for the first project that we do together would be to
    build make the “birds nest stadium” in Beijing or the Canton tower in
    Guangzhou. I choose this place because i have recently had a chance to
    see these beautiful monuments. If we choose to make the Canton tower i
    would like to print it piece by piece instead of one big chunk. so that
    after we are done printing it we would have a giant puzzle that we could
    build together.

  193. Okay, no joke! I got a 3D printer off of Kickstarter, Zortrak M200, and was delivered 6mths ago, but the wife was pretty mad at me! And…I have not one, but two more backed which are not delivered yet as they are start-ups. So…it would be really nice to see the look on my wife’s face when she gets to the point, “How much did that cost?” And I can say, “Not a damn penny! Now, can I 3D print?” But we all know this is not what will come out of a married man’s mouth but instead, “it’s a gift from Leapfrog.”
    But this will bring up the conversation of this contest…and what I’ve said so far. You know what, I don’t think I can get your printer without getting into “trouble” with the Mrs. I’m sorry for having bothered you..carry on.

  194. What a great chance.
    My father and I used to be veeeery close. We used to share sports, hobbies and best of all dreams… We spent together many adventures, archery, scuba, fishing, long talks. He was an extraordinary mechanical engineer and I was the computer guy, we dreamed to build a hovercraft or air cushion vehicle. He made a design and I made the plans on the computer, it Would become a great 3 generation project because my 7 years old son always was curious with us…. My Dad just passed away and now we are not able to build the project….. But I think my Dad would enjoy to see from heaven the 3D printed model and my son could have a reason to remain his “Pop”… And maybe further ahead start a new 3 generation dream….

  195. hi im disabled limited income
    and my girlfriend wants to get married the ring I cannot afford so I would print her one it uses different material right?

  196. Well, we could make dog toys as now we both have dogs – although he lives a few thousand miles away so I might have to print an airplane to get there,but MAYBE just some sort of vehicle like a bike to drive there however I would just print some things that other people want me to sell to them to get him out here to visit his granddaughter for the first time.

  197. This year has been so hard on my dad and my family. We’ve lost a lot, we almost lost our home in a flood and a tornado and my dad works so hard every single day for my family. There’s not one day he’s not working to help us or to spend time with us, even when he’s tired or stressed. He’s the most creative person I know, and I am not just saying that. You should see the incredible work he does. He’s so creative and talented, but he’s not able to live his his dream of only being a photographer and artist. Because of his stressful job and the fact that we are struggling to make ends meet every week he’s lost his passion for creativity. He’s put down his camera, he’s lost the spark in his eyes that meant he was working on something really incredible. He’s given me my love for the arts, nature, and just about everything I love to this day. I want to give back to him, he deserves to feel creative again. I know this 3D printer would do just that, I can just see him making so many amazing things. He’s turning 50 this year, this month actually, on June 25th and I just want him to be happy and creating art again. Please help him to do just that.

      1. To be perfectly honest, my dad would probably print a companion. He loves to be out and about, seeing and doing new things. A few years ago, my mom decided she absolutely prefers being at home…ALL. THE. TIME. For a while I became his tag along. Now I’ve moved 4 hours away and the poor guy is left to choose between going alone or sitting home. We could design and print him a fabulous companion who would listen to all of his stories…no matter how many times he tells them!!

  198. 7 years ago my family lost everything (our house, car, money) because of our restaurant, we had only 1000 dollar to move houses, start a new life, pay the rent and go to school. My sister and I were secondary school students, so we couldn’t help our parents. My mother didn’t get a job, so my father had to find some. He had to go to Germany (1500 km from us), where he worked 14 hours a day, 6 days on a week. He always sent 90% of his salary to us, and didn’t came home, only once every 6 months. I missed him so much, but this was the only way to survive.

    After 6 years he got a job in Austria, way closer to us, so now I can see him every weekends. Since then we are working on a Iron Man costume, our plan is going to childrens hospitals to read them tales. This build puts is in touch again after 7 years, so now I am happy again.

    He did his best for us, now I am a university student. I think no one will ever do so much for me like him. Without him I couldn’t afford going to university, and couldn’t make my dreams true. This is why I love my Dad so much.

  199. since there is only one to be got ,I would print another , so both of us could have fun dreaming and creating and strengthening our bond on a whole new level…

  200. We lost dad just over a year ago. Dad was a tinkerer so sky would be the limit with his mind. My son has desided he wants to fix up my vintage motercycle and this would be perfect for making the body parts as some are no longer availabe. I could also see my son making modelsplains, trains and trucks.

  201. Saturday morning breakfast was a great time to spend with Dad, frying bacon, toasting English muffins and talking about last week and planning projects for the weekend. That came to a screeching halt when the muffin splitter broke. A fork or knife just doesn’t hack it once you used a real muffin splitter. Saturdays just aren’t the same. Crumbs everywhere, torn muffins and parental admonishments of “don’t cut yourself” and more. There really can’t be a substitute to bring back those Saturday mornings with properly split muffins. I’ve searched high and low for a replacement but nothing is like the original. The only possibility is to make a new one with a 3D printer. That goes to show you what 3D printing has come to…bringing a family back together, maintaining a harmonious relationship with the real world, improving the environment for all mankind and making replacement parts for hard to find substitutes. It may not be a big project but the Creatr XL would be just the thing to do it.

  202. My dad is very fun-loving and caring. He would use the printer for not just work (he’s a designer), but fun and enjoyment. Not to mention, being the caring person that he is, he would share the printer with his family, including me. He knows I am very interested in 3-D printers, and he would teach me how they work and how to work them. Most importantly of all, the printer would shrink the amount of boring time in the household, which overtakes our home for ours on end.

    Thanks!

    (My son wrote this)

  203. It would almost have to be something to hold something electronic. Either an arduino case or prop. Maybe even make him a new electric razor outer skin (to put my razor in of course!) But you know it is the quality time that counts. As long as it stays in my house…. He can print over the network. Maybe….

  204. I am a single Mom of two young girls ages 4 and 8. My job requires a lot of travel and my Dad, who is retired, will come to stay at my house for a week at a time while I am at conferences and be Mr. Mom. He is a wonderful grandfather. I learned my love of making from him and I have been trying to instill that same love in my girls.
    My Dad is left-handed and a stroke a few years ago greatly reduced the use of his left arm and hand. This is particularly unfortunate since this has made it very difficult for him to continue in his woodworking hobby. If we won this printer, it would give him a new avenue for making in a different format.
    I can’t imagine how many different things we would design and make, but I am fairly certain that one of the first things would involve toys for the girls: likely a family project helping them to make dolls of themselves for their creative play.

  205. I’m the Dad. My son Neil is an independent filmmaker who makes stop motion animated movies. He is currently working on a movie concept in which a heroic sentient robot saves the boy who is the son of the robot’s inventor from the clutches of an evil general who wants to wipe the robot’s personality and turn it into a killer robot. This film will require figures for all the characters, including the robot, the boy, the general, and others. They will have to have multiple facial expressions, as well as articulated bodies. A Leapfrog 3-D printer would be ideal for creating these characters.

  206. I know that this contest is for Father’s Day, but I would like to enter this in hopes that I win it for my son. That would be an outstanding Father’s day present for myself. My son Owen is eleven years old and quite accomplished. He reads maker-type articles, raspberry Pi and Arduino projects and programming books etc for the fun of it. I don’t get it, but he does. He comes to me and tells me about all of these things that he would like to do with this 3D printer, most of which I am clueless about. He already has something designed that he wants to create to help me at my work! He told me about this contest. I want to encourage him to continue his education and help him in his passions, and this will help. I won’t use this prize, but he will love it and learn from it. Helping my son would be the ultimate Father’s Day present.

  207. My dad was the first person that taught me that I could be a maker. I was the first girl in the school system in grade 9 to take industrial arts. I lost my daad a few years ago but I continue to be super proud of what I can do and the confidence he instilled with me. Now, with my son, I would make 3D scuptures of his artwork. He’s a print major and I think it’s be fun to make some of his 2D prints into 3D.

  208. My dad never bought me LEGO. Instead he harnessed my DIY
    spirit with projects around the house fixing and painting things cause I was so
    ‘good a figuring it all out.’ He only saw the tip of the iceberg, he saw I was
    a ‘handyman’ but never saw the inventor and engineer. On camp outs during
    scouting, family camp outs, and the occasional fishing or crabbing trip if
    something broke, got stuck, or fouled in some way He’d look the problem over
    give a shrug and look at me “ What’d you think?” I always felt his pride mixed
    with mine when I finished; task complete, if not totally fixed. All the things I’ve
    built and made to him are traits of the ‘handyman’ he gets all the things I’ve
    machined for classes but not the process behind it. To sit him down start to
    finish, from concept of the mind to Physical object that he can hold, to show
    my dad the inventor and engineer. My dad never bought me LEGO, but maybe that’s cause I’ll get to print my own.
    Thanks!
    Matt

  209. My dad never bought me LEGO.
    Instead he harnessed my DIY Spirit with projects and painting around the
    house. I was the go to son because I “got it.” He called me a ‘handyman’ which
    was the tip of the iceberg, he never saw the engineer or inventor. On scouting
    camp outs, family trips or the rare fishing/ crabbing adventure, if something
    broke, wore out or got fouled up he would look at me sometimes and say “What’d
    ya think?” I always felt his pride mixed with mine when the tent rod was
    mended, fishing reel fixed or tarp strung up for its last rainy night. To my dad
    all of this was squarely in the realm of the ‘handyman’ He always enjoys the
    trinkets I make in my ME classes and bring to him. I want to sit him down from
    concept to completion form CAD model to the physical, and hand him an object
    that moments ago was an idea. My dad never bought me LEGO, maybe that’s cause we’re going to be able to print them.
    Thanks!
    Matt

  210. My dad and I have always dreamed of creating unique fair type foods… Stuff like spaghetti on a stick, pretzel corn dogs, etc. With a 3d printer of this magnitude we can simulate our ideas and analyze the minute details of turning ridiculous food ideas into reality! We can use the printer for conceptualizing the machines needed to produce the stuff too!

  211. My father and I are very very close, he has always been there for me since I am physically disabled. He has always been there to make, modify or adapt things for myself and my wheelchair. He is working much more now, and it is getting difficult for him and iI to mod things for me and his needs. I feel with all my heart, that my dad would use this 3d printer to print both wheelchair parts and brackets, holders, etc for my wheelchair and crutches in order to make my life easier. This would be the best gift my father could want for fathers day, him being able to make my life easier which is all he ever wants.

  212. Mechanical engineer, naval commander, veteran, husband, brother, and friend. These are generally what many people recognize him as, but to me he will always be my dad. I’ll admit growing up as the daughter of a commander and engineer was never quite easy. What can I say? An order is an order. Nonetheless, I quickly grew up with a love for the sciences. Some of the best childhood memories involve working on a number of engineering and scientific projects with him. I owe a lot to my dad for inspiring me to be the creative engineer I am today and for challenging me to be my own hero.

    And while my dad is a man of many honorable and respectable qualities, I must shamelessly point out that he is also quite the self-confident man – a quality that I often find amusing and hilarious. The story is that my dad has this delusion that he is remarkably handsome. His motto: “I’m sexy, and I know it.” My response: “You’re sexy… but no one knows it.” Dad, I love that you’re confident, but let’s be honest… So I guess knowing my dad and his delusional ways, I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up 3D printing a miniature statue of himself. He would also probably print various household parts here and there (as well as a naked Hawaiian lady bottle opener), but he would definitely take pride in a mini Ritchie. I would certainly use it
    as a source of humor, but what can I say? Whatever makes the old man content.

  213. Hi. I don’t think I have the dad story you’re looking for unfortunately. I still need
    this printer however, to make the world a better place for all the great
    dads out there. I know some who are struggling to help provide good
    homes for their children. I will help ease this burden by fulfilling my
    life’s ambition to create sustainable, customizable, biomimetic
    architectural blocks which will require very little money and zero power
    tools to build with. I’m learning to program evolving structures now
    and 3D printing is the next step in the poorly funded master plan. Oh,
    the prototypes I will print with composite materials! I could even print
    a father figure! Get it? A figure of a father? Ok, that was bad. My
    point is, that printer and I have a destiny. Don’t stand in our way!
    Happy Father’s Day to all and let’s make houses!

    1. Hi again. I had some trouble with my Disqus account so I had to create a new one and re-post my comment. Hope that’s ok!

  214. My 10 yr old son has been getting Make for the last 2 years, as a gift from my dad (his grandfather). My dad is not known as a ‘Maker’, more like a ‘breaker’ of things, but he sees that my son is a natural Maker. I got my crafty genes from my mom who gave me the flexibility to create and mess around in the basement and garage, and taught me to sew at a young age. I’ve passed those genes onto my son, and am trying my best to encourage him along the path of creative thinking and doing. I’ve set my son up with his own work bench, some basic tools (his favorites include the hot glue gun, his carving knife, and a cordless drill), and all kinds of materials that he can experiment with. He is currently building rubber band powered balsa wood airplanes with tissue paper coverings, reminiscent of the 1950’s.

    The one problem with having a Make subscription for an average 10yr old is that more and more of the projects in the magazine involve a 3d printer, which we currently don’t have the ability to purchase. So, if we were able to get our hands on one, I think it would greatly increase my sons’ capabilities to create the kinds of things he wants. I’d think of it as a fathers day gift to my son. I’m ready to make some new memories with my son and learn something new in the process.

  215. Would be amazing to own this 3d printer. This thing is like a magical device. If you could dream it, this printer could probably make it happen.

  216. At the risk of sounding incredibly cheesy (hey, my dad is worth it!), my dad would make dreams come true. I’d argue that, as a teacher, he already does that, but next year he is trying to get a MakerSpace put into the high school where he teaches. He let it slip to some makers in training and they have been jumping out of the building with excitement. He has met some resistance from the upper administration that ask about what learning outcomes it meets or something like that. My dad is all about giving kids the best opportunity to learn, no matter who it rubs the wrong way. He is getting a little concerned that by getting his students excited, he has let the cat out of the bag too soon. This printer would jump start the excitement in this rural community and reinvigorate my dad’s passion for making. Most kids at his school don’t ever get a chance to “make” with technology and he wants to give that opportunity!

    The impact of the maker movement can and should be felt even in small rural communities! Start the next round of makers with this printer!

  217. My father and I are very close and we both have a passion for creating things. We constantly find new projects to work on or repair things around the house. My father sparked my interest in building things when I was very young by getting me a bunch of Lego sets. And one year, as a Father’s Day present, I made a giant sign out of Legos that said “#1 DAD” and this really got to him. He was so happy with the present that I think he shed a tear, even though he will not admit it. Now I am going off to college next year to study engineering, and I am worried about losing the relationship I have with my father. If I won, I would recreate the sign I made for my father many years ago, for him to keep around the house or on his desk at work. This way whenever he looks at it, he can be reminded of me and it’s as if a part of me is still home with him and will hopefully help keep our relationship strong. Also, my father and I have been wanting to purchase a 3D printer for all of the projects we do together at home, but we cannot really afford one. Also if I won, I could show my dad some of the cool things I will be learning in college and my dad does love learning new things!
    Thanks!

  218. I want a 3D printer for several reasons:
    To print objects to help my wife with her Jewelry making
    To print molds, etc for my Son who is an artist
    To get a start on a business that I can run after retirement
    And mostly just because it’d be cool to have one to be able to print whatever I wanted.

  219. My Dad is an old school maker. He knows how to make many things out of wood and metal. He shared this knowledge with me growing up and gave me the maker spirit. I am handy with woodworking tools but have always leaned towards technology. My Dad has shown interest in this as well but is a little behind the times. He was curious enough to buy me a 3D printer for Christmas without knowing much about them. So I am entering this contest so that I can pay him back two-fold. First off, I would give him the printer. He would really get a kick out of that. Second, I would share my knowledge of such things as he did in the past with me. This would bring life full circle with the teacher becoming the student. I’m sure he would be printing accessories for the grand kids and their golf cart in no time!

  220. I only have my daughter and son every other weekend and always am looking for ways to engage them in fun, educational projects. We have have made a lot of smaller projects together and it is fantastic bonding time with them. My daughter, who is 16, has gone on to participate in her high school FRC robotics program, thanks in part to the exposure from making and taking things apart. My son, who is 14, will be joining this year. I think it has really helped them become interested in science, technology and in my daughters case, Math!

    I would use the 3D printer to make a lot of parts for projects that I see in the Make magazine and other open source projects that require them. This would greatly expand the amount of projects I could do with my kids. I look forward to the last few years I have with them before they head out into the world.

  221. My oldest son and I both enjoy model railroading. O, the things we can make. We can start with the corner market. Then move on to make a drive in theater. I can see all the little people and cars that we printed out and painted. Making a old farm house and barn would fit right in along the country tracks as they head out of town. O, the things I can make. I can print a little bonfire with hobo’s around it. This could bring the railroad to life.

  222. While my father passed away 3 years ago far too early at the age of 55, I currently have three young daughters ages 5, 3, and 6 months. The older two both love playing with their small dolls, and other small plastic toys. I have made them several small toys out of wood, and my wife has made a bunch of play kitchen food out of felt, but I know there are all kinds of things I could make for them with this printer. I enjoy the time I get to spend with them, even when it only amounts to about 4 hours a day after work.

  223. As a father to two amazing Stepkids and one daughter of my own creating something would be the easy part. Getting access to the base materials would be the tough part. My kids spend their time mixed between Minecraft marathons and Lego so creating custom lego, probably with a Minecraft theme, would be the start of the creativity. After this, they are constantly losing gameboard pieces as they take pieces from several games to put together to make their own, so the printer would be used to both replace the missing pieces and create custom ones for the games they are constantly inventing. On top of that I would be developing custom shirt and pant buttons to let the kids have some custom-wear for sure. Wax-molds to make fun candles and interesting crayons would be on the list and of course we can’t forget custom BIC Pen shells so the kids could have personalized pens for themselves and their friends. A 3D printer wouldn’t just give my family and I an edge in having more fun, it would be the beginning of a new world… (any chance you could throw in some of the resin as a favor? We’ll run out before too long!)

  224. Hello,this is my mom’s account because I am to young to have my own account. I would make clones of my dad because I love him and I amost never get to see him.
    He is the best dad in the world because he works very hard.

    Hello,my name is Mina, my brother Rene wrote his coment above, I want to win the
    Printer because I want to give it to my Dad for a father’s day present because he stays out of town for more than two weeks to do his job, if he get it he can work here so we could see him more often because we miss him so much and we love him!

  225. Last February while my husband was traveling for work, our twin sons were born 4 months early and only lived for an hour and a half. He watched on Skype. The nurses at the hospital took little fragile ceramic casts of their hands and feet for us which we have in a glass display case at home. He would use the printer to make more durable duplicates of the casts for ourselves and similar ones for other families in my infant loss support group. That and of course a Thundercats Sword of Omens for our living son.

  226. I would print out a number of small guitars, amps, tube bodies, and larger scale passive components to make a sort of chandelier/mobile with LEDs going through each component. My dad is the reason I got into making anything and we both work on audio equipment; he’s on the tube amp side and I’m on the effects pedal side. I’d like to have two of these light fixtures made, one for him and one for me, to have above our work benches. Same light shining down on us while we both make and fix our projects. I think that would be a nice way to have form and function while symbolizing a great father-son relationship that got me into making.

  227. my dad would be printing all kinds of things,like replacement rotors for his rc plane, small 3d figures i’ve made and accessories for our electronics projects.probably he would even print a giant model of his favorite car :)

  228. My son is too young to use the internet unsupervised (8) but not too young to appreciate using his imagination. If he and I had a 3d printer, we would print his creations from Minecraft for starters. Then I’d teach him how to use Blender. Then we’d play around with architectural design software. Then, I’m sure he’d want to print models of different Pokemon. Then we’d build a website together (I’m a web developer) where people could upload their own designs for us to print for them. (It’s been done, I know. But what better excuse to get him into programming?)

  229. Honestly, my dad would print things that he thought were his original inventions. He’s always coming up with “New” ideas that would make life easier or products better. Some of his most recent invetions include: a clip for the visor that holds sunglasses; a magnet on an old radio antenna that picks up screws from hard to reach places; or the coffee can that accelerates charcoal grilling (otherwise known as a charcoal chimney). At least he’s not inventing weird things like those guys overseas (like the woman’s lap pillow). If he starts with that kind of stuff, we are cutting him off. Maybe with this he can invent the plastic paperclip or a handle for his Diet Coke can.

  230. My dad would print another model of him to go on hunting and fishing trips with, because we are always to busy to go on them.

  231. I am the dad. I’d use it for two things. First, to teach my math and science-loving teenage daughter how to turn dreams into reality. Second, to create a trailer to allow me, Dad, to continue to backpack, but by pulling my gear instead of having a strap pull on a badly healed bone.

  232. My dad works with cars. Sometimes a plastic parts are broken I always say: If we would have a 3D Printer we could just print it, but dad says it’s way too expensive for us (and in our country this is a new thing. Just few retailers sell a 3D printer but plenty of places to buy the filament but they are still printing in small dimmensions and prices are cosmic). And dad just buys an expensive part that is just a piece of plastic and sometimes hard to find. If i would have a 3D printer I would print a toys for my little sister (she really likes horses), I would print robot parts, gifts to others, Phone cases, fancy Raspberry Pi cases, Arduino cases, portable homemade USB Battery case, and finally I would make a case for my homemade amplifier. I think Mom would have plenty uses too like printing a custom cookie forms, fruit bowl, or plastic cups.
    3D printer would be an epic helping hands for us

  233. I am a 3D artist and have been teaching my dad a trick or two on how to use them. He is quite tech savvy and catches up pretty quickly. It’s cool to see what he is making these days and I can’t think of a better gift for him than a 3d printer. I myself fancy one too but 3d printers haven’t quite made there way to India yet and the ones available from abroad are pretty expensive.

    Thanks :)

  234. My dad was(and is) my Maker roll model, he was always fabricating some new solution to a crazy problem. Growing up and working alongside him, I acquired great experience that fueled my maker attitude while we still enjoyed awesome father and son time.

    I see the application of 3D printing as the next evolution of solving those problems. My dad still continues his passion for fixing things with creative solutions. Bringing a 3D printer into the toolbox is an opportunity to repeat some of those wonderful Father and son times. Plus it gives me an opportunity to pass some modern approaches to classic skills to my daughters.

  235. A 3D printer would allow me to build kites that would be quite difficult to make using conventional materials and methods. One example would be to duplicate a bird’s skeleton from ABS plastic and then cover it with paper or light weight fabric.

  236. My father and I have never been really close, but there is one thing that has always brought us together: RC aircraft. This started when I was about 8 years old. My dad bought a helicopter for my birthday that would fly straight up, pop out a paratrooper, and come back down. I decided that it was too loud, and ran away crying.

    Later, when I was no longer terrified of autonomous machines, we invested heavily in all sorts of RC helicopters and airplanes. We would load tens of these in his truck and fly them around for hours. Well, for hours when we didn’t crash them into the ground, each other’s aircraft, or ourselves. This is what we could use this printer for. Model aircraft parts are EXPENSIVE. If we didn’t have responsibilities, we would go broke trying to maintain our addiction.

    I once flew a F4U Corsair plane straight into the ground from a hundred feet up. I made my plane loop successfully, during which the battery fell out. I counted the dollars while hearing my plane whistle ever faster to its demise. Surprisingly, only the cowl, elevator, and rudder broke. These cost me nearly $200 to replace. I could have easily printed out these parts, and been back in the air the next day.

    My dad once flew his plane into a wall. I don’t know what he was thinking, to be honest. It’s the same story, however: the quiet and knowing self-talk as you start to lose control, giving way to repeatedly yelling “no. NO. NOOOO!!” as it finally explodes on-target.

    Hell, I have had an RC helicopter flown into my legs before. Not only did that cost a couple hundred bucks to fix, but if I had the ability to print shin-pads, I could have stood there like a superhero instead of cowering before the rotors smacked into my bones.

    So, my plea to you is this. Both mine and my dad’s planes are currently out-of-service because of stories like the above. The addiction has become a tad too expensive, and so we have had to put off some repairs for a while. With the ability to print new parts (and armor), crashing would be much less heart-attack inducing, we we wouldn’t have to run away from each other’s planes.

  237. My dad likes to work on old cars and tinker with small electronics. He would probably print parts for one of these projects.

  238. My Dad is an inventor and loves to tinker. He will closely examine all the types of packaging to see if he can reuse it in some way. At one time he even glued in his own tooth which had fallen out because he was convinced he could do a better job than the dentist. He was wrong on that one but the Dentist was impressed, a little shocked but impressed. Since he has been retired he is itching to try new techniques so I would love to win this for him.

  239. Ah, the father who’ll never admit he knows YOU ARE PROUD OF HIM! That’s my dad. And it’s not a good thing. Sure, at his core he may realize I’ve always admired him but if he was to vocalize it, “Yes son, I saw the light in your eyes when I took you to the injection molding factories I worked at when you were growing up.” Or at least, “Son, I saw the energy you put in to every chore I assigned you. The energy you had as I built our two first homes. If you were trying to do it like I did, you were probably very proud of me.” Or even, “Son, you know when you had all of those ideas of injection molded thingamabobs and I waved off all of them? I just couldn’t grasp the idea that you were proud of me.” If he was to vocalize it (I sure did), I believe it would have started the mentor/understudy relationship we have always teetered on. My dad sold injection molding machines and seemingly couldn’t grasp that I thought it was the coolest, most innovative job I could imagine. And I don’t know for sure if he knew what I really imagined through my childhood, as I sat on the top of our largest tree: It was that my dad and I would invent together, he would put an injection molding machine in the backyard instead of a pool. But my athletic brother and mom won out with the pool. And when I was up in that tree and my dad would look up at me, it was those moments I would see the brightest gleam in his eyes. Hey, I admit that my dad was and is a man of few words and the gleam in his eyes may have been him thinking, “Finally, a distance I can keep an eye on that rascal but I don’t have to hear his nonstop ideas and questions,” but it must have been him having a moment of realization, coming up with the one project we could both do happily together: build a tree fort. And we did! After that, we . . .or he, just couldn’t think of a large project we could do together . . . ever again. Until now. If Dad and I were to win the Creatr XL printer, we would create a variety of tree fort/treehouse plans of which the parts would be created solely in the Creatr XL. My dad has always been enthralled with Habitat for Humanity. We would send out several fully printed treefort kits to accompany those new homes for families in need.

  240. I would like to make toys like figures for my kids and with my kids. They both have a list of things they want to make.

  241. I never made things with my dad, and I’ve always regretted it. I vowed to not make the same mistake with my kids. I have an 8 year old daughter who is my princess. She’s a little girl, through and through. I would love to be able to create various pieces of jewelry with her for her, and her dolls. I’d love to see the look on her face when she designs a tiara or a ring, and her dad can create it for her!

  242. I am 10 and I love my Dad very much. We would make projects and sit at the computer and program.That was until he decided we didn’t have enough space or materials to keep building at home. Now when I want to spend time with him he if off trying to fund raise and expand out the Coventry Makerspace. All I wanted was his time and not the latest 3D printer or laser cutter. Help me get my Dad back and send him a printer please!

    1. A most worthy entry! Blake’s dad is a fantastic guy working hard currently to establish a makerspace in Coventry. If they won they would not only be able to continue making things together, but also with all the other Coventry makers who owe so much to Blake’s dad.

      Good luck!

    2. Passionate pitch, this clearly helps a lot of people… not just a dad and son but a whole city of father and sons.

  243. My dad is a self taught Engineer with no Engineering degree. He is beyond brilliant and has taught me everything I know about tinkering, engineering, designing and making anything. He constantly has a project going whether it is a home-built underwater fish light system for my boat or a new piece of equipment he is designing for his company.
    My difficulty lies with the question “what would he make with this?” That is like asking what Leonardo Da Vinci’s new invention would be or what would the topic of Hemmingway’s new novel (if either of them were to make something now). I cannot fathom the things he would build with this. The only guarantee I can make is that it would an incredible feat of engineering imagination.

  244. Dad was a maker before “maker” meant something. He still has the trailer he built over a Ford Model T axle to move Mom’s things to South Carolina after they got married. We didn’t buy anything new growing up; he just fixed it when it broke. When I was 13, I wanted to use my “life savings” to buy a john boat to fish the pond down the road. We built one instead. Any time I ever said “I wonder if I could…” he would say “sounds fun, let’s figure it out!” We built a suspension bridge from the deck to the jungle gym. He lives in a house he built out of shipping containers. He has designed tools for the construction trades. He is a carpenter, a plumber, an electrician, and a mason. He can work in wood, metal, leather, and clay. Like every other teenager, there was a point at which I began to roll my eyes at him. “C’mon, Dad, can’t we just get a new lawnmower every 15 years or so? Like a NORMAL family?” Thankfully, we weren’t a normal family. I learned about ingenuity, persistence, and how good it felt to go to sleep tired after a full day’s work. He instilled a maker ethos in each of his four kids and now it is time to do the same for his grandkids. What might we create with a 3D printer? I can’t tell you – but we’d have a heck of a lot of fun. And we just might happen upon something awesome.

  245. with out a doubt my father would design and build either a part or holder for one of his numerous guns, or he would use it to build a model of the latest building project he is working on!!

  246. My son was born with an interrupted aortic arch and a brain malformation called polymicrogyria. I would like to someday 3D print his brain and his heart life sized so he can understand that even though he started life with the odds stacked against him he is amazing. My son has overcome most things the “professionals” said he wouldn’t. He is amazing beyond belief. Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads. Good luck to all. Always remember the forget to tell your children what they can’t do and instead help them find ways to make the impossible possible.

  247. A 3D printing Haiku for the contemplative dad:

    colors, hot bed, thought

    green frog quickly springs to life

    he prints his future….

    My dad and I would print components for kinetic sculpture. My nephew would print components for an articulated hand, he saw one at the Maker Faire and is completely obsessed. He/we would be incredibly excited if I won!!!!

    1. My dad and I would print components for kinetic sculpture. My nephew would print components for a hand, he saw an articulated hand at the Maker Faire and is completely obsessed. He/we would be incredibly excited if I won!!!

    2. My dad and I would print components for kinetic sculpture. My nephew would print components for an articulated hand, he saw one at the Maker Faire and is completely obsessed He/we would be incredibly excited if I won!!!

    3. My dad and I would print components for kinetic sculpture. My nephew would print components for an articulated hand, he saw one at the Maker Faire and is completely obsessed He would be incredibly excited if I won!!!

  248. We’re going to make my dad a tie. Finally, I can give him a tie that won’t be shoved into the back of his closet, never to see the light of day again!

  249. If I was going to print something for my Dad, it would likely be jeep and fishing related attachments. He has passed away however.

    What i really would love to have a 3D printer for is all the various things I could do with my four children, trying to Advance their education and more importantly, enthusiasm for the STEAM fields.

    Just a few ideas that come to mind:

    For Annabelle (13): A decent arrow rest for her Katniss styled recurve bow. An adjustable and perfectly fitted shoulder rest for her violin. A custom case for her Meggy Jr would be great too.

    For Emmaline (10): A plethora of doll-scale accessories, furniture, and even architecture that she would help to design. She loves design and science, and wanted a 3D printer for christmas. Another violin shoulder rest for her too.

    For Aiden and Owen (7, 5): Plenty of action figure accessories, modular toy car components, Marble run add-ons, hotwheel track adapters and mounts, and Nerf gun modifications.

    For all four: Custom printed rocket fin / base assemblies with batteries and LEDs for night flights, custom wall hanging hooks for bookbags, and a fix for every broken toy we could make cooler rather than throw away.

    I will own a 3D printer ( or 5 ) some day, but sooner is better for these growing minds, and I would certainly do my best to print kits for my cneighbors and community as well.

    As for _my_ dad, he taught me to be fearless with a screwdriver, patient with failure, and involved with my children.

    I try every day to make him proud, even though he always was unconditionally.

  250. My Dad is always really busy trying to provide for our family. He somehow manages to bring in money for us and be a good father at the same time. One of his passions he passed down to my sister and I was his love of running. About 5 years ago, though, his knee was really bothering him, so he had it checked out. It turned out that most of the cartilage on his left knee had worn away after years of running. This unfortunately meant that he needed an operation to change the angle of his leg so it rested on the part of the knee that had retained cartilage. Today, he is only able to run very short distances and at a very slow pace. His knee will bother him on and off, but not when he wears a brace. The one he got from the doctor works OK, but a special, custom-designed brace is what he needs to keep his leg from hurting at times. With the 3D printer, my Dad and I would design and print a better brace for his leg so he could start running with my sister and I again.

  251. I’ve always felt that my father was disappointed in me, that I never lived up to his expectations. With something like this though, I can finally show him how successfully I can 3D print a new father.

  252. My dad is 87 years old. He’s an MD. When I was four or five he built a color TV on the dining table — a large Heathkit. It took months, but we used it for more than a decade. When I was 12 he built a Heathkit stereo receiver/amp. When I was 14 he bought me a PAIA modular synthesizer kit, taught me to solder, and went upstairs. When I was 15 he got a TI SR-52, the first one that came with those magnetic cards for storing up to 224 program steps; he learned to program it and taught me. When I was 16 he got an Apple II and taught himself BASIC. Remember, he’s a doctor. And not one of those doctors that works with their hands, either.

    I’m 52 now, and I own a 3D printer — a Thingomatic I built from the kit. Last year my dad needed a custom wedge to hold a replacement camera battery into the OEM charger it didn’t quite fit, so I designed and printed one while he watched. And I saw the light bulb go on over his head.

    Now he’s interested. Now he wants to know how to make stl models. Now he wants to know how the conversion to gcode happens and what all the parameters do. Guess what comes next?

    Now he wants my Thingomatic.

    No.

    If he really needs a lot of little custom parts fabricated — and he does; not a week goes by where I don’t hear about the strain relief that tore out of his night-table lamp or the endcap that fell off the Venetian blind mechanism and got lost and “If I send you a picture can you print one?”; apparently this is what happens when you’re 87 years old and would rather repair things than JUST THROW THE BROKEN CAMERA AND THE BROKEN LAMP AND THE BROKEN VENETIAN BLIND AWAY AND BUY NEW ONES ALREADY, DAD! — if, as I say, he really needs a lot of little custom parts fabricated, let him get his own damn 3D printer.

    I don’t mean to be an ungrateful son. If he needs help designing parts (which I doubt because, 87 or not, he’s fully capable of learning a CAD program), I’d love to do that with him. But he needs his own printer.

    “Well,” you may be saying, “granted, this guy’s dad needs a printer. But it doesn’t sound like he has any use for one as big as the Creatr XL.”

    This is where you are wrong. For, you see, my dad has also become interested in my quadcopter.

    Thank you for your consideration.

  253. My father probably wishes he could print money, but failing that I’m sure he’d love to print all manner of parts and stop-gaps to help with the many half-finished projects he always has on the go. If he ever runs out of ideas I’m sure my 5 siblings and I can give him a few requests.

  254. My father has Parkinson’s and it has been
    difficult to watch such a strong vital man lose strength and stability. If I had the Creatr XL printer, I would start
    by printing a mug holder with a thumb ring extension to help my father steady
    his coffee cup. Not only do you shake
    with Parkinson’s, you lose fine motor skills, so I see all kinds of
    opportunities to develop printable items that will help someone with Parkinson to
    steady or convert fine motor skills to gross motor skills, which will allow my
    father to keep his personal freedom for as long as possible. Even though I am 52 I am still a “maker” and
    Kid at heart and love to give my father the gift that keeps on giving as
    helpful ideas come to mine

  255. No my Dad doesnt have a disease, me and him have a great relationship ,and no he’s not missing any body parts. Iam disappointed i couldnt spark your sympathy through an unfortunate situation in my life (which im thankful for) and Lord bless all those Dads with life challenging impairments, but in all honesty this printer would change my life as well as my Dad’s. Both of us wait anxiously at the door for the new MAKE magazine issue weekly/monthly, getting ready to start a new project, because that’s what me and him do, we design and build but never had the opportunity to take projects further, which this 3d printer will allow us to do. It is my dream as a 16 year old to one day work at MAKE and with that printer my immediate goal is to design something with my father to present at a MAKER: Faire. MAKE has influenced me to become an engineer and to excel in my education to become an engineer that can change the world. MAKE has united me and my Dad as well as paved the road for my future goals. I would owe the world to MAKE if this printer is awarded to me and my father.

    Thank you,
    Sincerely,
    Xavier Zurita
    Future MAKE employee.

  256. I am 13 years old and love to make things with my dad. Though we are not very tool savvy and end up messing something up, we always try to do the hardest things anyway. We have attempted to do things from an air cannon, and rocket fuel to a neodimium rail gun, and a multi touch table. Doing it all hand drill and hacksaw. We really need an update in tools and I think this would fit the bill perfectly.
    Hope you consider, many thanks
    Cam

  257. My name is Nathan and I am 11 years old. I am very proud of my dad. My dad is the owner of PCBGRIP a recent kickstarter project that raised 79,338 dollars. It is an electronics assembly system that makes soldering much simpler and anyone can do it. He would like a 3d printer to make prototypes of new parts. The PCBGRIP system shipping was delayed from june to july because it takes a long time to send a part design to china, have them make it and then send it back. It would be cheaper and easier to 3d print parts instead. Plus PCBGRIP could ship out faster.

  258. I would like to print a functional jet engine model for my dad. He is a mechanical engineer designing parts for a variety of jet engines. Ever since 3d Printers have become a major thing in the maker community, my dad has been trying to get a good working one, trying and failing to find some in the Kickstarter and Indy gogo fundings, he has lost a fair amount of money to non-working prototypes. I think this would be an amazing gift for him to be able to explore his multitude of hobbies, jet engines being one of his main ones.

    Thank you.

  259. My name is Freya. I am 9 years old. My Dad is trying to raise enough money by working a second job on weekends to buy a 3D printer for my classroom to use at school. He says that 3D printing is the future and he wants my class to have every opportunity to keep upto date with technology. We would probably print some green tree frogs. We like frogs. We might print some number lines too to help teach counting. Thank you. Freya.

  260. My Grandfather past away in November 2013 and we are all still a little down and Fathers Day is going to be especially hard for my Dad and Grandmother. We loved to fish with him and spend the day at the cabin. I joined my school’s FTC robotics team and I learned how to use a 3D design program and even got a dumper for our robot that I designed, 3D printed at Cirrus aircraft. My dad is busy a lot and we love to find any opportunity we can to spend time together. I would love to help him design fishing lures and I would like to 3D print some beautiful flowers for my Grandmother. We have to redesign and renovate our basement and it would be cool to design something to be put in there that is either decorative or functional. All in all, a 3D printer would certainly brighten our Fathers Day weekend.

  261. Not to go for the sob story but my father was in name and biology only. All I know is he died about 5 years ago and we only know that because a friend of the family saw the obituary and sent it to us. My Mother took us away from him when I was about 4 years old and the only memories I have are not good. I am became a DIY’er, Maker, etc based on the influence of my Mother. With not a lot of money, she did everything around the house from exterior to interior improvements and embedded in me a love tools unlike any woman I have ever seen. Now I have a 6 year old son and a 3 year old daughter, both of whom are showing an interest in building things, tools, etc and I plan on taking everything I have learned from my Mother such as persistence and courage to do it oneself plus all I have learned in the 20 years since i left for college and passing as much of that confidence down to them as possible. What would I make? Anything my kids wanted, of course (within reason)! But also custom car parts (old corvette and bel air), molds for my wife’s cake making business (see Sweet Pia’s Confections on FB) or even the occasional prototype for wild idea I have.

  262. It would be cool to show my dad what 3D printing is. We enjoy doing projects together and a 3D printer would be a great start to a whole new array of projects. I have really wanted to get into 3D printing but the cost was way out of hand. Now I can have a great gift for my dad and many hours of fun with him!

  263. My dad, even though he never really knew it has always been a maker at heart.. While I was growing up he played music most of his life, worked as an auto mechanic, a machine shop mechanic, a carpenter, restaurant owner and in his later years he took up wood working, scroll work and other wood craft.. I was fortunate as I learned much from him throughout my life.. Last Fathers day he suffered a series of severe strokes with left him bed ridden, partially paralyzed and pretty much unable to talk or communicate well. I would like to be able to help make things that help make caring for him easier and more efficient.. Custom clamps, braces and supports and other things as well as things to help him and help occupy his time.. he was 75 at the time of his stroke and not to far from being 76.. Mom is 70 so everyone caring for dad is quite a chore and many items that could help him are very expensive to buy outright. He has never seen a 3d printer before and I believe he would find it fascinating just to watch create and make something he can touch or use.

  264. I am a dad that is starting a non-profit (www.hackawaysf.com) to get kids excited about electronics and robotics. Not just any kids, but kids that don’t get to see engineering and tech every day, don’t have role models in the industry, and are drastically under-represented in college and the tech industry. With this printer, diverse students could create anything on their minds – thus empowering them and encouraging them to see themselves as creators, makers, and engineers. This printer would open doors for so many kids that usually get shut out.

  265. I’m writing for my 4 kiddos who think they have a great dad, but they can’t type yet :). You see, their dad isn’t the sports dad who knows how to play baseball, or the really cool dad who knows the game scores. He’s just a local math teacher who loves to invent really cool stuff and shares his creative thought with his kids. His latest invention required the use of a 3-D printer and as he told us over dinner about it, I though, ya, too bad that will never happen. But my kids, they believe in him. They get completely in awe of this grand guy who has really cool ideas and to them, he’s the best guy ever! (I admit I secretly agree :). He created a mini putt-putt golf course using angels and formulas that his math students create using hands-on tools. He helped design a pacifier holder we are selling under a new small business. He’s got 100 ideas and each one I’d love to see develop. Here’s to an awesome Daddy of 4 who is pursuing science, math and engineering to the delight of the new generation.

  266. Not my dad, but my girlfriend’s. He was paralyzed from the neck down 16 years ago after a diving accident. Before his accident however, he was a talented craftsman and carpenter, he even built the house that my girlfriend and her family lives in! When I met him, he welcomed me with open arms and now treats me like the son he never had. He’s an amazingly strong man and a continuing source of inspiration for me.

    Lately I’ve wanted to return the hospitality and kindness he’s shown me by trying to help improve his quality of life around the house. I designed and 3d printed numerous small parts on my Printrbot for his wheelchair to help him hold things like television remotes and silverware (which he was thrilled about), but lately I’ve been limited by size. I want to create larger pieces that would be more functional for him around the house. The Creatr XL is an amazing printer and would be a fantastic upgrade that would allow me to keep making new useful devices for the man who has been through hell and deserves an easier life. I love my own dad very very much, but theres nothing I’d like more than to be able to continue helping this man.

  267. I can remember working on everything with my father — he seemed to have a this mechanical wizardary to a 10 year old that he said would teach to me. I did not understand at the time that lessons were already occurring. He taught me that with a little patience, planning, and persistence we could fix, salvage, create, or (an unknown term at the time) hack anything. Fast forward. Now, eldest son (and probably his little brother who is 2) is fascinated by anything that he can create, make, fix, or hack. I know where he gets it from…Thanks Dad.

    mikedkurtz@gmail.com

  268. My dad and I really enjoy making together, and we have always wanted a 3d printer! Since we are both novice makers looking to get into the maker world, this would be the prefect thing to jumpstart us into the maker world! We have both wanted one since the first one came out on a make cover!

  269. Like many others my dad and I were never really close, which I kinda understand. My parents had me at an early age and didn’t really get to enjoy their youth. Well half true my dad still drank and went out with friends a lot, leaving my mom, brother and I alone. After a while my parents split up and things got better. With this printer I would probably start a couple projects with my little brother maybe motivate him to go back to school. I’m currently a senior at the University of Michigan and work full time. And this fathers day I will remind my mom of how awesome she is for raising us on her own.

  270. For me, it’s not about what creative thing I come up with. I own a small robotics studio where I teach robotics, programming, and lego engineering. My goal is create new builders. This 3d printer would make a great addition to the shop, but best of all, it could be the spark that makes a new builder of the future. I never know what my students will build, but I know their creativity is beyond anything that I could do. What I find, is that when kids create, they share with friends and family. They then get to show their dads what they are creating and we end up with more adult builders.

  271. As a hermit, I have always wanted to experience what fatherhood would be like. My social choices have made that impossible. I would use this machine to make my own children. Real living children. Once I had enough children, they would get on each others’ backs and I would climb them up, up into the afterlife. Please help me find release and send me my children factory.

  272. My dad was a tinker-thinkerer, a particle physicist for the Navy, when “smart” technology was a warm reference to the teams of scientists and engineers who spent years designing and redesigning. A first generation Lithuanian Jew whose life was overly influenced by world events. He lost his greater family to Europe in the forties, and three daughters to tay-sachs. I was adopted to fill the hole left behind by these two convergent tragedies. I was lost from the start. I spent my life wandering further and further away from his ideas, but never from the example he set. That part of fatherhood is indelible, and it was an example full of laughter, and kindness, and hope, and the great gift of selflessness to a young boy in the face of personal tragedy. I think he knew from the beginning that I had a different view of the world, less encumbered, and willfully free. I have three children now, and my father though still smiling, has lost much of what made him endearing and large. I am always stunned by how frail he has grown. But his example endures, and though I may not possess the mind he did, I try to set an example of the curiosity with which he viewed the world, through my own lens of whimsy. I will print an example of curiosity and enduring creativity in the lives of my children, and remind them of where I first discovered that spark…

  273. This… I would make this first! Complete with light on top, theme music when you open the doors and your Doctor Who DVD collection inside! Then I would create a Doctor Who themed version of Settlers of Catan, using the printer to make the game pieces (Tardis settlements, worm-hole roads, Dalek thief, really cool dice etc…)

  274. I’m not 100% sure what dad might use this for, but I’ll give it a shot.

    I’m an archaeologist, and over the past several years I’ve been involved with CT scanning several artifacts and mummies to see what was inside. A few mummies still wrapped in their linens showed us amulets that were inside the wrappings that we never would have known about without unwrapping them. Clay envelopes with administrative tokens inside (some of those tokens were new shapes that have never been seen before in the ones that were broken open). Metal artifacts encrusted in thick layers of iron oxide concretions. Those kinds of things. Dad has showed great interest in these essentially un-touchable artifacts, and has spent a good bit of time pouring over the DICOM images to examine things that (if we’re lucky) will never be seen by human eyes, because we want to preserve the integrity of the object they’re contained within.

    I think that if dad had the chance, he’d print copies of these artifacts out for further study. He’d also make copies of artifacts that aren’t encased for touch museums displays, so that kids could handle actual “artifacts” without negatively impacting the real thing.

  275. My dad always loved cars, old cars, new cars, odd cars, fast cars – you name the genre and he’s owned one at some stage in life. However, when us kids came along, he had to give up his love of the unusual and settle for family friendly transport. If I won a Creatr XL 3D printer, I would print him detailed models of all the cars he wanted to own, but never did. Re-ignite the passion!

  276. With the Creatr XL printer I would finally be able to construct a flux capacitor so that I can travel back in time. Once there, I will share all of today’s technology and start on my second project which is communication between parallel timelines.

    1. Thank you to the Make Magazine editors for judging my entry as the most creative. The flux capacitor was a success!

  277. Simple, we are going to make camera lens adapters! With the printing volume being so big, maybe even some giant pin hole cameras!

  278. It may sound weird to talk about my mom first, in a father’s day giveaway, but it leads into who my dad was, and is today, so please hear me out.

    My mom was an amazing woman, full of love, wit and caring. She would brighten the room when she was around, and it was obvious why my dad fell for her. Being the pragmatist, my dad realized that children need equal parts discipline and encouragement, so while my brothers and I were growing up, he placed himself in the role of the disciplinarian. He was okay being the least favourite parent. He could live with being hated at times, while my mom was always the shoulder to cry on. In his own words, he was ok with being the “Bad Guy”. I am the eldest of their 4 sons, and when I was 7 years old, my mom was diagnosed with cancer. She was given a few years to live, and managed to live 11, having their fourth son along the way. During that time, everyone’s attention was on her, and us boys. Her friends became our family support network, and my dad never stood in the limelight, content to let her shine. When I was 18, our mom died on a family trip. We all were able to say our goodbyes, and although we four boys lost our mother, it was only later on that I was able to see what my dad lost. He lost his wife, he lost his best friend, and he lost his place in the world. People consoled him, for a time, but the attention waned and he had to start figuring out who he was to be. He had a lot of anger, and had taken it out on us boys a few times, but we now understand it for what it was. He only knew how to be the Bad Guy.

    My dad has spent the last decade trying to build the family back together. His relationships with us four boys have gotten much better, through his efforts and our own. In the last few years, he has started trying to make friends of his own, building up his relationship with his brother and sisters, and most recently he has taken up remote control aircraft as a hobby. He’s always been a maker at heart, with 30 years as an Electonics Engineering Technologist, and he has a lot of fun making modifications to the small aircraft he’s flying around. He’s even gotten two of my brothers into flying the aircraft around with him and my uncle.

    I’m 31 years old, with an amazing wife, and while I have some very strong thoughts about what he did that I would not like to do with my own family, I have come to understand, respect and love my dad for who he has become. Please help me make his father’s day by giving him a 3D printer that he could use to design and print modified parts for his planes, his own electronics control boxes, and whatever else would make him happy. He’s a good man, and he deserves to be as happy now as he was back when my mom was alive.

    Thank you for your consideration,
    Cory

  279. I may only be 14, but growing up, I will admit, I didn’t have the best relationship with my dad. He was working out on the farm, while I was inside going on the internet, building things, and playing with electronics. I was never into farming or any of that stuff, while my dad wasn’t really interested in the stuff I was into. I believe 3d printing is the gateway that would connect both our interests. Recently, he received a farming magazine, and I glanced at it and it had a article about 3d printing, farming, and the connection between both. I wanted to rip it out but never had the time to do it. I’ve been in LOVE with 3d printing for about 5 years now, but my dad hasn’t been really exposed to 3d printing. This could be the time that he realizes how 3d printing could change how he works on the farm. Say something important breaks, but a piece wouldn’t be able to come in for a couple of weeks. Let me just print that for you dad! He may not try the hardest to “connect” with me, but I haven’t either. I believe he would print a tractor, just for fun, something that shows how connecting farming and technology really works! My dad hasn’t really helped me build many things, except, of course, a pinewood derby car. I think this would help us get a better relationship. This is something we could work together on. I think he would set the tractor he printed on his desk in the barn to kind of “show off”. We would both love this. I think I would print a TON if things from thingiverse. I believe that I can finally do something with my dad that we would hopefully both love!

  280. OK, let me start off by saying my dad’s a total geek. My dad and I would always play with technology together. He has always been interested in 3D printers. He even borrowed one from a local place to share with other people and of course, himself, how awesome it is and how to work it. We could make anything we want and of course what ever the 7 year old twins want too. We would make characters from movies and make grips and accecories for gaming controllers. I know that this will be the father’s day that my dad will remember.

  281. Unfortunately my dad passed away at an early age. I think my children and I would use it to make a bobble head of my dad in tribute to him. then whatever our minds could think of

  282. My sons say we would make action figures of ourselves and have adventures with them on ziplines and stuff in the back yard like I used to do with my GI Joes as a kid.

  283. My kids are still young and only starting to realize what it means to grow. It would be cool to take a 3D scan of their tiny little hands and 3D scan of my hand and create a year by year morph to visualize how they might grow.

  284. This is a little embarrassing, but here goes…
    My Dad was born with a tail. There, I said it. Can’t take it back.
    Anyhow, his tail was removed as a child and he really misses his tail.
    Like, ties a rope around his waist and drags it behind him, misses it.

    I want to make him a new tail.

    Thanks.

  285. I would like to print an electric guitar!I think that it would be an awesome project. With some of the plans in Make Magazine for the cigar box guitar and the MIDI Laser Harp, I think that I could create an awesome hybrid guitar.

  286. My dad and I weren’t the closest growing up. He was quite wrapped up in his personal projects, and occasionally I got to help out with some of them. Most people living out of a mobile home in the 80s weren’t fortunate enough to have a holographic dark room in their utility building built out of a stack of inner tubes with a mirror-mount platform sitting on the top — but we did. We created some HeNe holographs as well as some white-light ones on glass plates. Later, my dad would get serious into building his own Newtonian telescope. He spent hours each night for a couple of months grinding his own 6″ mirror to perfection. I’ll never forget seeing Saturn late that summer evening. It was awesome and disappointing at the same time. My dad crafted an amazing device to see a planet so far away, and yet the rings were just barely distinguishable; it didn’t look like all of the simulated photos I had been accustomed to seeing, but my dad brought the real deal home for me. He’s my hero. Last November, he was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer and has been struggling with his energy levels due to all of the radiation and chemo treatments he’s had over the last 8 months. He’s retired from his work life, which was decades working in maintenance at a slew of plastics factories here in our small city located smack dab in the middle of the midwest plastics belt. We’ve discussed 3D printing, and I know it intrigues him, as he’s worked with machining equipment and plastics his whole life. Given the opportunity, I would love to share an experience with him the way he has shared with me all of those years ago.

  287. My dad passed away several years ago. He was an amateur woodcarver, and he left me a beautiful carving of his own left hand. If I win the 3D printer, I will make a 3D scan of the carving, and print out a copy for my two brothers.

  288. My dad would not be able to figure the damn thing out. (umm his birthday is today – 87).
    I would manage to make a “hello world” example and disasterous blobs of plastic after that.
    Basically, I’m not worthy. I’d donate it to a local hacker shop here in OC with the provision that they’d give me training on using it and the software to create something. They’d have to keep it working and put it to good use.

  289. My 9 and 11 yr old daughters have had their introductions to electronics and microprocessors… I would challenge them to imagine something that they would build if they had access to anything in the Maker Shed that they could incorporate, and help them to make it real. The most important lesson I can share with my four children (my sons are three… give ’em time :) ) is that they can make anything, do anything, and be anything that they can imagine and want badly enough to work toward.

  290. My father introduced my brother and I to tabletop gaming back in the early 80s. My brother and I have been gamers ever since. For the past few years we have been developing a scifi space combat game. Collaborating on the rules and my brother drawing the ships and obstacles. This printer would be amazing as we could finally start working on actual prototype models for the game.

  291. My dad inspired my love of “making” and home brew things. His dad was an old Morse telegrapher in the early 20th century and my dad got his ham radio license (N6BW) in order to talk with his dad via code. When I was old enough, I learned Morse from my dad and he helped me get my Ham license (WA6BCP). Together, we built our first vacuum tube-based ham transmitters, antennas, and other gear – “making” at its finest. For a few glorious years, I could communicate with both my Grandfather (WB6FRP) and my dad even though we did not see each other very often.

    I have now passed the ham tradition on to my son and he and I communicate via Morse. Sadly, both my grandfather and father are gone now but the ham radio tradition and Morse telegraphy lives on.

    My Grandfather’s original “bug” Vibroplex keyer went to my dad but has been lost over the years. If I had the printer as a prize, I would like to model and construct a replica Vibroplex model 1 keyer to give to my son as a link to all the generations of dads in our family and our common bond of ham radio and Morse telegraphy.