You'll Want to Go Drinking With This Life-Sized, 3D-Printed Tyrion Lannister

Pass the wine, and the plastic! Photo: Jeff Christianson

That’s what I do, I drink and I print things. A 3D printing enthusiast has unveiled his latest creation, a life-sized version of Peter Dinklage’s Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones—which now gets to chill in his backyard drinking booze and sharing bawdy tales by the fire. Only don’t let him get too close. He might melt.

Thingiverse user Jeff Christianson, or Sir Ken, shared the design and end result for his 4’5″, 25-pound Tyrion Lannister figure that he built using his Creality CR-10s 3D printer. He based his creation on another design, but this one was much, much bigger—taking over 1,400 hours to print the 10 pieces needed to make the finished product (and that’s not including all the sanding, filing, and layers of paint).

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Christianson told io9 via email that he mainly chose to do a Tyrion Lannister figure because he wanted to experiment in facial painting, but his Game of Thrones fandom definitely played a part. Now that the Tyrion Lannister figure is done, he is working on sewing him a cloak, then he and his wife are thinking of taking him cross-country in an RV, photographing him with different American landmarks like Mount Rushmore and the Grand Canyon. Possibly for a YouTube series. But in the meantime, he’s busy protecting the Realm—or actually, not.

“Tyrion is part of my alarm system at my home. He stands inside the front window of my house and the curtains are programmed to randomly open up during the day so that he can look out and scare anyone in the neighborhood,� Christianson said. “Nah, that’s not true.�

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Soon, you might be able to join him on the road with a Tyrion of your very own. Anyone with a 3D printer and a bit…ok, a lot of time on their hands can try making the Tyrion Lannister figure themselves—Christianson has put his entire design on Thingiverse for free.

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WATCH: These students have printed 3D prosthetic hands – and want to give them to charity

Students from the University of Huddersfield have 3D printed a child-size prosthetic hand – and are hoping to work with a charity to provide them for free.

The university’s 3D printing society built the hand for less than £10 using their table top 3D printer – but don’t have anyone to give them to.

The students are now looking for a charity for children with disabilities who can give them out for free.

Menchanical engineering student Younes Chahid, who set up the society, said the design for the hand was made available free over the internet by an organisation called Enable, for anyone to print.

The Raptor hand, 3D printed by students at the University of Huddersfield (Photo: hud3dps)

He said: “Children get really excited by prosthetic hands and they feel like superheroes when they go to school.

“It takes two hours to put together the first time but you can get it down to 30 minutes.

“Children who don’t have fingers but can move their wrist put the hand on and when they move their wrist, the fingers close and it can pick up objects.”

Check out some of the society’s 3D printed creations

Younes, an international student from Morocco, said 3D printing was invented in the late 1980s but its patent of fused deposition modelling – there are many other types of 3d printing – finished in 2009.

Since then the technology has improved so that desktop printers can be bought for £175, he said.

3D printing is usually done with plastic, but ceramics and even chocolate can also be used.

Designs can be downloaded from the internet, but the society is aiming for students to make their own designs and have them printed.

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And the society even takes commissions from outside the university from businesses and individuals.

Members are studying everything from engineering to animation, and have printed a toy elephant with moveable parts, keyrings to sell in the student union shop, a human brain for a mental health project, a micro SD card holder, a scale model of the Eiffel Tower – and even a model of Emley Moor Mast!

Younes said he set up the society in September 2016 after realising the university had 3D printers – but now the society has its own equipment thanks to sponsorship from the university students’s union and London based 3D printing company iMakr.

He said: “There was a need for the students to see it and see the possibilities of 3D printing.

“When you first design something and you see it 3D printed you get addicted to it!”

What You Want, When You Want It: How 3D Printing Appeals to the Everyday Consumer

3D printing continues to be a global spectacle in 2014, making appearances from Las Vegas during International CES and Barcelona during Mobile World Congress.  With the 3D printing industry predicted to reach $10.8 billion by 2021, many are asking how it will change the future of the consumer landscape, much like MP3 players and iPods transformed the music industry.  While the answers may not be obvious, there are a number of ways 3D printing will impact the daily lives of consumers in years to come.

Opening the door to customization

A major appeal to everyday consumers is how 3D printing opens the entryway to customization.  From custom jewelry to food, the possibilities when using a 3D printer are endless.  As 3D printers become more accessible over time, so will the ability to print items that are extremely personalized and tailored to each user.  If we think about most of the products we buy, they are commoditized in some way for the average person; jeans are a certain length and cabinet handles come in standardized sizes.  3D printing allows consumers to create items exactly the way they need or want them – ultimately, letting customers set their own parameters.  Companies like Nokia and New Balance, for example, have taken to the 3D printing trend and now offer online services where consumers can customize their own 3D printed cell phone case or sneakers, respectively.

Creating at home convenience

Beyond the ability to custom 3D print apparel and gadgets, there is massive potential in at-home 3D printing.  The average consumer can easily use a 3D printer to produce everyday items like plates, utensils, and home furnishings.  At its core, 3D printing at home is about being able to conveniently download and print a model of nearly any item a consumer may want to make their living space more comfortable and appealing.  Looking at the music industry, the way people listen to and purchase music has dramatically changed over time.  Take the traditional music cassette or CD – the need to go to a store no longer exists thanks to online downloads, giving the consumer more control and immediate access to new music at any time.  3D printing has the same potential to do that for almost every item in our homes – giving consumers power over when they make a purchase and when they print it.

A lasting impact

3D printing is a specialized and emerging technology, and one that will have a lasting impact for the everyday consumer in years to come.  As increased interest in customization continues to trend, 3D printing will become more in demand.  And as consumers become more open to the practical use for 3D printers in 2014, soon enough the question will shift from how we will print things to what we will print.