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Picture of Custom Bubble Wands - 3D Printed

I was blowing bubbles with my daughter the other day (well, she hasn't gotten the blowing part yet so it's mostly me blowing them for her) and thought it would be fun to design and 3D print some of my own. Particularly ones she would enjoy such as a little car. I ended up designing a couple that just incorporates simple circles, Mickey Mouse, a car, a crown, and a Pokeball. These are just fun for general use but they could also be great personalized kid's birthday party favors.

This isn't a new thing. Many people have designed and print bubble wands before including Paige Russell and Autodesk Gallery Workshop, but I wasn't going to let that stop me. To set myself apart, I decided to add the little ticks on the design that you see on traditional storebought bubble wands. These ticks are there, from my understanding, to hold more bubble solution on the wand allowing you to blow more bubbles before you have to dip it in the solution again. I hope you enjoy these designs and are inspired to make your own. If there is any other files or information I can provide to make that easier, let me know.

Remember, no matter the shape of the bubble wand, the bubbles will always be spheres. Though, if you have multiple holes, such as the Pokeball and Mickey Mouse, you are going to get mostly bubble clumps and if you have one hole, such as the car and crown, you are more likely to get one big bubble.

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Step 1: Supplies

I'm going to get into the designs a lot for the next few steps (since that's what 3D printing is all about) but you can skip around to what relates to the design you want to create.

Here are the files for the designs I created using the techniques talked about in the next steps.

For this project, all you need is your 3D Printer, Filament you want to use, a slicer for printing, and bubble solution. I printed mine in the color I wanted since I have a variety, but you could also print them all in one color and spray paint them. I don't really recommend sanding them as you don't want to tear off all the ticks. You could sand the handle if you wanted, but it should be pretty smooth because of the design.

If you are designing your own, I suggest Tinkercad.

l.handy22 hours ago
hello im l.h for my name
Hey Jude2 months ago
Especially love the mid-layer colour change in the 3D Print - nice =)
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  Hey Jude2 months ago
Thanks! It's fun to experiment :)
zakbobdop3 months ago
This is better than any bubble wand you can find at the store :D If or when I get a 3D printer I'll have to try this
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  zakbobdop3 months ago
Thanks! I hope you get the chance to try them out!
Thank you :D going to try and win the color contest
These look great. My favorite is the little car.
Thank you! That was the first one I made because my daughter just loves cars, trucks, firetrucks, etc. When I was printing off tests I'd have them sitting around and she always wanted me to give them to her so she could hold them and just carry them around :)
attosa3 months ago
This is soooooo darn cool. LOVE the crown. I am still trying to learn 3D printing but I might give this one a go with your lovely help above. Thank you! x
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  attosa3 months ago
Thank you :) I hope you have fun with 3D printing. Are you going to try Tinkercad or what program are you thinking?
Tinkercad, yes :) This week will be my first print. Nervous ;)
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  attosa3 months ago
Good luck! Love to see how things turn out :)
misterxp3 months ago
Great idea Penolopy! I lazily just downloaded them all so my daughter can play :-)
Great idea for a birthday party too. Thanks for sharing!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  misterxp3 months ago
That is awesome to hear :)
3d printers are really coming out in instructables. There are really cool ideas.Great Job!
Thank you!
Yeah, it's nice that companies are coming out with more affordable 3D printers so more people can get them :)
Ham-made3 months ago
Such a great use of 3D printing! It would be interesting to make 3D shapes with integrated air deflectors to guide your blowing precisely, improving the efficiency of your bubble blows and creating conjoined bubble structures.
Mr. Ham
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  Ham-made3 months ago
Thank you and that would be fun to see made as well :D
sabu.dawdy3 months ago
What type of bubbles do they made? Long ones ? Or just normal
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  sabu.dawdy3 months ago
Normal I would say. The bigger the opening on the bubble wand, the bigger bubble you can get.
jessyratfink4 months ago
I love the little crown one so much :D
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  jessyratfink4 months ago
As a Where the Wild Things Are fan I thought you might :D