Max Funkner


About Max Funkner

Maker, Designer, and Blogger on the subjects of 3D design and 3D printing. Find me on Twitter & Instagram.

Create, Share, and Save Money Using Open-Source Projects - Book Review

Puzzled about what exactly open-source is and how it could benefit you? If you are in any creators’ community, be it 3D printing or any other, and have access to millions of designs and decent software for free, you already feel the positive impact of open source. In his book, […]

Book Review | Create, Share, and Save Money Using Open-Source ...


Snapmaker 3-in-1 3D Printer CNC Laser Engraver Cutter Unboxing Review

Snapmaker is one of the first of its kind module 3-in-1 desktop machines that can be turned into either a 3D printer, CNC carver or laser engraver/cutter in minutes. We were a bit skeptical in the beginning, wondering if such transformers were able to perform all these tasks up to […]

Snapmaker 3-in-1 3D Printer, CNC, Laser Engraver Review


While hunting for the rare trees for the ongoing 3D printing project, the Royal Botanic Gardens, the famous Kew Gardens in London, was at the top of our list. With the rich 250-year history, it is full of treasures. There is a 50m tall Great Pagoda, originally dating back to […]

Great Pagoda in Kew Gardens – 72 3D Printed Dragons ...


3D Printed Lamp Shades - Ideas & Safety Test

There is a lot of models on file repositories that would give you original ideas on how to upgrade the interior with gorgeous 3D printed lamp shades and light systems. Initially, we looked at this trend with a bit of skepticism as weren’t sure about the fire safety. But our […]

3D Printed Lamp Shades – Ideas and Safety Test – ...



Vase Mode 3D Printing - 3D Scanned Tree Vases - Oak, Birch, and Pine Textures

Let’s use 3D scanning and vase mode 3D printing to achieve a real tree texture effect for functional or decorative items. There are many trees that carry a piece of history or sentimental value for someone. It may be an oak, which can be hugged by five or more people. […]

Vase Mode 3D Printing – 3D Scanned Trees – ...


3D Scanned Tree Texture - Oak, Birch, and Pine Plant Coasters

Highly customizable and functional 3D printed coasters can serve for a long time and be an inspirational object on any table. They are easily printable on a desktop 3D printer at home and can be made in different materials. Let’s take a deeper look into this subject using a Tree […]

3D Printed Coasters – Tree Stump & Bark Textures


Photoscan with a Mobile Phone Camera - Photogrammetry

One of the convenient ways to 3D scan objects or the scenery is by taking pictures from all angles using a mobile phone camera, what’s known as photogrammetry or a photoscan. The images are then uploaded into a photogrammetry software for processing. After a clean-up, hopefully a quick one, the […]

Photoscan with a Mobile Phone Camera – Photogrammetry


3D Scanned and 3D Printed GW2 Cannon

The idea to 3D scan an object is very old. We have seen it in sci-fi movies and read about it in books. Thanks to developed software like Autodesk ReCap Photo (previously ReMake) we can implement this idea into life. This type of software is based on photogrammetry – the […]

3D Scan From Screenshots – Autodesk ReCap Photo



Lip Sync - Intimidating Animation Tab ScreenShot - Blender 2.8

It is possible to set up an automated lip sync animation in Blender 2.8 for any character or a random object you find on a file repository website. Want to see a talking pipe? Yes, there is an automatically lip synced talking pipe animation on YouTube. Nearly every file on […]

Automated Lip Sync Animation for Any 3D Model – Blender ...


Animated Turkey Bird 3D Model - 3D Printed Coaster Planter Holder

There is quite the backstory behind our animated turkey 3D model. This little gobbler escaped Thanksgiving, and then no one took it home for Christmas. Since then, it has been traveling around the world, searching for its Valentine. When 3D printed, it can be used as a themed coaster for […]

Animated Turkey Bird 3D Model – 3D Printed Coaster Planter ...


Fix the Sinking Office Chair with a Simple 3D Print Job

Do you have an office chair that keeps sinking under you? Chances are, you’ve got a failing gas lift cylinder on your hands. If you are the owner of a 3D printer, you can permanently fix your chair to the desired height with a simple 3D print job. In the […]

Fix the Sinking Chair with a 3D Print – Failed ...


Original Prusa i3 MK2 to MK2.5S Upgrade Review – 3 Years On

In this article we will review the MK2.5S upgrade for the Original Prusa i3 MK2. We have always been happy with the old version of this preassembled 3D printer, and we used it heavily for a number of years. However, the introduction of the magnetic PEI sheets and later a […]

Upgrading a 3-year old Original Prusa i3 MK2 to MK2.5S. ...



3D Designed in ZBrush - Easter Bunny Themed Pot

There is something magical about 3D sculpting and even a little bit addictive once you start it. A lot of amazing 3D models made in ZBrush are shared on social media, and it became part of a New Year’s resolution to try this 3D designing software out. Luckily, makers of […]

3D Designing in ZBrush – Easter Bunny Themed Pot


3D Printed Wardrobe Rail End Support Bracket

Recently functional 3d printing helped us to avert a wardrobe disaster. One of the brackets holding a hanging rail broke sending all dresses down in a messy pile. We figured that it would be possible to 3D design and 3D print the bracket. It took us 30 min to design […]

How to 3D Design and 3D Print a Wardrobe Rail ...


Wall Mounted Spool Holder - 3D Printing Guardian

Disguised as a wall mounted spool holder 3D Printing Guardian watches over the whole 3D printing process. He immediately made our lives easier as now we can replace a spool in seconds. It is especially handy when changing filament for multicolor 3D printing. The idea was to design something functional […]

3D Printing Guardian Spool & Tool Holder


Baby Thames Dolphin Toy - 3D Sculpting in Meshmixer

Since we’ve started learning how to design 3D models we see the world around us differently. Every time we look at a particular object, we cannot help thinking if it’s possible to make it 3d printable. Thames Embankment in central London is rich in historic artifacts. The lamp posts are […]

Baby Thames Dolphin Toy – 3D Sculpting in Meshmixer



3D Printed Rose Thorn Remover

Since we’ve tried ourselves in 3D design we started to look at the world differently. Now when we see an interesting item we are thinking: “Hmm… can we design or scan it and print it out?” I was once buying flowers for my wife and noticed that the florist was […]

Rose Thorn Remover


3D Design Software for 3D Printing - Cactus in a Pot 2 comments

After a new 3D printer is bought, it is recommended to test it by printing something simple. Thanks to STL sharing websites there are a lot of beginner-friendly printable files available for free. Once you gain the confidence in using the printer and the slicer, it may be time to […]

3D Design Software for 3D Printing – Tinkercad


3D Printed Logo – 2D to 3D - Blog

One of our first designs was a company logo. We didn’t have to push our creativity because the logo already existed in 2D format. Sounds easy, but making a 3D printed logo appeared to be quite challenging. Usually, when designing for 3D printing we have to keep in mind the […]

3D Printed Logo – 2D to 3D


Slither.io

Slither.io is an online arcade game that you can play with multiple players. In the video the process of creating slither.io is shown. It is made in pieces: heads, body parts and tails. These segments are designed in Tinkercad. Tinkercad is an online software program that allows you to create […]

Slither.io – 3D Printing Multiple Segments



DeltaWasp 2040

A few years ago we chose a relatively unknown back then Italian DeltaWasp 2040 to be our first 3D printer. It arrived in a washing machine size box and it already included a spool of PLA filament and an SD card with several files. This helped us to start printing […]

Delta Wasp 2040 – Review