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Gnomes, Gnomedozers, Spoonriders, and Zen Gnomes

Why are there so many gnomes available for 3D printing?

Anyone who gets involved with 3D printing online soon wonders, “what is it with all the gnomes?” While some people love garden gnomes, for many people gnomes are silly or perhaps scary. The thought of little men standing around doing nothing when we look at them is odd. We’ve all watched TV shows about homicidal tiny men that look like gnomes.

With 3D printing, however, gnomes have one huge advantage: they make the perfect test object.

Gnomes usually wear heavy jackets and pants with a thick waist belt. Their faces are round with heavy cheeks and chins. Most have a triangular hat that slouches. Plus boots. Plus beards and bushy eyebrows. All these details are perfect for testing how well a 3D printer works and prints.

 

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