Turning Your Kid’s Drawings into 3D Printed Toys

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Turning Your Kid’s Drawings into 3D Printed Toys

In years past, you may have seen various projects online where artists turn kids’ drawings into 3D art or animation. In this video, Bob of I Like to Make Stuff, turns one of his son’s robot drawings into a really cool 3D printed toy. You can obviously use this technique to transform any 2D art into a 3D object.

Bob scans the image into his computer and then uses Fusion 360 to turn the drawing into a 3D object. He then prints the parts on his 3D printer, finishes and paints them. The joy (and the hug) he gets from his son when he surprises him with the finished toy is worth the price of admission.

There are some good tips in this video, too. Bob finishes the model using several sanded coats of automotive filler primer for a nice, smooth, and fairly durable finish. He also keeps the tolerances on the pegged joints really tight so that he can sand to just the right amount of friction for a nice, snug fit.


Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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