3D Printing for Happier Holidays Featuring: Thanksgiving.

by Tyler Reid

Holiday season is upon us and with it comes lots of food, laughter, gifts, and family time.

I love spending time with my family, and as I grow older I appreciate time with them more and more. To help me make the most of it, I follow a simple strategy – keep everyone happy!

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That one simple rule really makes a difference, no matter how hard my brothers try every year to break it. For me, the most difficult bunch to please these days is the rapidly growing 7-and-under age group.

This year, I’m coming to Thanksgiving dinner with a new crowd-pleaser – 3D printing!

There are two supremely contentious periods every Thanksgiving at our home. The first – getting the kids to eat my aunt’s “award winning” cranberry sauce. Begging, bribing, grounding – nothing seems to work.


Who can blame kids for not wanting to eat this? (Note: not actual product…)

And the second: somehow appeasing a dozen children with a single wishbone. I’m sure geneticists everywhere are working on ways to grow turkeys with more wishbones, but until then we’re left to fight a nearly hopeless battle.

3D printing solution for Thanksgiving Problem #1:

I decided to tackle the first problem with shapes. It works with chicken nuggets – if they’re shaped liked dinosaurs they’re suddenly 1000% more enticing! Will it work with questionably homemade cranberry sauce? I will find out this week, when I bring 3D printed cranberry-cutters in the shapes of a turkey and leaves.

3D printing solution for Thanksgiving Problem #2:

I’m feeling pretty good about my solution to the second problem. 3D printed wishbones for everybody! I printed them in small, regular, and even giant size. I’m sure there will be quibbles over who gets to take on the gargantuan wishbones, but at least everybody will have a turn. I might even have enough for a tournament!

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A wishbone in every size. 3D printed on the uPrint SE Plus in ABS

A little preparation never hurt anybody, and on this Thanksgiving I think it might actually save the day. If the kids are happy, everyone is happy. And if they’re happy enough, they might even invite me to sit at their table. And surprisingly, I think I’ll say yes.

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Phil and Lucas take on the giant wishbone. I think Lucas knows something the rest of us don’t.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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About Tyler Reid

Tyler Reid is CAD, CAM, and 3D printing expert. His early interest in machine tools led him to study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah, where he first learned to use SOLIDWORKS. Tyler has worked in the SOLIDWORKS VAR channel since 2010, making his way from technical support to application engineering to product management. In his free time he enjoys machining, welding, and general DIY in his home shop. Tyler lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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