From Your Child’s Drawing to 3D Print with Crayon Creatures

Shapeways community member and design for 3D printing specialist Cunicode has just launched Crayon Creatures, a simple way to take your child’s drawing to 3D print thanks to Shapeways 3D printing, because sticking your child’s drawing to the fridge is so 2011.3D Print my Child's Drawing with Shapeways

With Crayon Creatures all you need to do is scan or photograph your child’s drawing and upload it to be converted into a 3D form, 3D printed and sent to your door.  Each drawing is 3d modeled based exactly on the drawing, not wrapped around a default form so every 3D printed figure is as unique as your child’s drawing. 

You can see a few of the Crayon Creatures already created in Cunicode’s Shapeways shop.

Shapeways 3D Print your child's drawing

We are seeing more and more applications on Shapeways that make it easy to 3D print without learning how to 3D model. At the same time as we see complex 3D modeling and scanning tools become cheaper and easier to use, we are also seeing these applications and services that allow anyone can make what they want with 3D printing, lowering the barrier to entry.  

If there was a perfect tool to make 3D printing easier, what do you think it should be?


  1. Chris J

    Reminds me a bit of Shrinky Dinks… really, really expensive Shrinky Dinks.

    1 & 2 look great, but 3 looks horrible! Why’d they mess with the contrast so much?

  2. Jerry

    $150 USD? Cute, but you have GOT to be kidding..

  3. Kevin Lee Jr.

    “If there was a perfect tool to make 3D printing easier, what do you think it should be?”

    The innovation in tools/technology needs to happen during the creative phase so that these kids can better express their ideas! Check out what ZeroUI is doing using a 3D Gesture interface to allow intuitive modeling. It’s like finger painting in 3D!

  4. Shannon Lee G.

    There is nothing more important that helping a child to see early that their ideas can be made ‘real’. Somehow, adding third dimension here really transforms these into living beings. I really enjoyed viewing these and I like this idea, and I think there is a market for it. Best to you!

  5. Kevin Lee Jr.

    I also wanted to add that I think this is a wonderful service. I love the drawings and their 3D alter egos!

  6. Alexander Papadopoulos

    Dear Shapeways.
    There is Chinese site that take contest from other sites and use them to make money.
    I hope shapeways community will be aware of this

    I’m sure if you share a 3d model it is possible to find it there .
    It is sad that someone use your work for they own benefits
    But I guess its price to pay for sharing.

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