Going on Holiday with a 3D Printer
20 May 2015


Illustrations by Kate Hynes


Weight restrictions, liquid limits, queues. These things will sound familiar to anyone who has taken a flight on holiday. However, with the advent of 3d printers that can now print in a variety of media, and whole marketplaces of files at your fingertips, we wondered how much holiday paraphernalia you could leave behind and simply print when you arrive. Here’s our roundup:


1. Makeup

If you have makeup you like wearing, you’re not going to risk leaving it behind. What if you can’t find the brand when you’re away? What if you can’t find the right shade of eyeshadow? What if (and this one is highly likely if you’ve flown to the Mediterranean) they have nothing paler than golden brown and you’re really alabaster?

Enter Mink. Mink is a desktop 3d printer that prints makeup. It can take any image and instantly transform it into a wearable colour cosmetic. In their own words, they’re “turning any camera, phone or laptop into an endless beauty aisle.”

3d printer for makeup Above: The Mink 3d printer for makeup


2. Bikini

Top of any sun holiday list is a bikini. Continuum’s N12  is the worlds first 3d printed bikini. It’s only available in black or white, but classic colours like that will never go out of style! It’s made of strong and flexible nylon, and you can check out what it looks like in motion in this video.

3d printed bikini

Above: The N12 3d printed bikini from Continuum

You can buy the Continuum bikini from the Shapeways online shop, and it’s available in multiple sizes.




3. Handbag

A light bag is a must if you’re doing a lot of walking around and seeing the sights. You can’t be weighed down by heavy leather, or big buckles. This little mesh number by CeramicWombat is perfect for holding the essentials. And it even has an option for a cross-body strap, to make it that little bit more secure.

3d printed handbag

Above: CeramicWombat 3d printed handbag in use

You can buy this bag on the Shapeways online shop. It's available in multiple colours.


4. Shoes

Everyone has unique feet, so why aren’t your shoes unique? Now they can be, with company Feetz. They will custom 3d print shoes to your feet specs. Can you say comfy?! They’re still in beta, but you can check them out on their website.

3d printed shoes

Above: Range of 3d printed shoes from Feetz


5. Jewellery

The best thing about digital manufacturing is that every product is made to order. Not only is every piece printed for the final customer, but it can be customized to them too.

We at Love & Robots have a range of jewellery for you to choose from, and we can manufacture and send your personalized pieces straight to you anywhere in the world!

Cool 3d printed braceletAbove: 3d printed links bracelet from Love & Robots




Ultimately, we realize it would be extremely impractical to take a 3d printer away with you (for now at least). Not to mention the fact that you would need input for the machines – and for things like makeup that still means liquid. But we thought it was a bit of fun to imagine what it would be like to head off with nothing but ideas packed into your suitcase! And while we suggest you stick to traditional packing for now, we recommend you watch this space.

What would you make? Tell us @loveandrobotsHQ on Twitter.

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