Best 3D Prints: Happy Lunar New Year 2023

Happy Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year also known as Chinese New Year and Spring Festival, is one of the most important traditional holidays for people in East and Southeast Asia. In 2023, Lunar New Year begins on January 22. Are you ready to celebrate it? Check the list below for free and printable Lunar New Year 3D prints. Let's get started!

1. Rabbit Family

Rabbit Family
(Image source: Anycubic, STL Files to Download)

2023 is the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac which means vitality, health, friendship, hope, and all good wishes. And wish you have a lovely 2023! We share you 4 adorable rabbits 3d prints to celebrate holidays. Let's watch a video to see how we made them. We picked Anycubic Standard Resin+ with an upgraded formula for accuracy and toughness, as well as, Anycubic Photon Mono X2 resin 3d printer which has a 9.1'' monochrome screen with 4K+ pixels.

2. Lunar New Year's Eve

Lunar New Year's Evee
(Image source: Anycubic,  STL Files to Download)

Lunar New Year's Eve is the day before Lunar New Year. In the day, people decorate their house with red lanterns, spring couplets and hang blessings. In the evening, there's a family reunion dinner to celebrate the start of a new year. In addition, other common celebrations include seeing amazing fireworks, exchanging red envelopes, watching the Spring Festival Gala on TV, etc. Here we share with you free STL files about firecracker, gold ingot and Fu paper-cut for blessing. Start your printer, and do you have enough filaments or UV resin?

3. Lion Dance

Lion Dance
(Image source: Anycubic, STL Files to Download)

Lion dance is one of the most important traditional celebrations in the Spring Festival. Performers usually wear a over-sized lion head to dance in order to bring happiness, pray for good luck and drive away evil spirits for the upcoming year. We share with you a cute lion dance Cubi printed by Anycubic Vyper while we recommend Anycubic Kobra Plus for the better result and the larger build volume. Cubi the mascot of Anycubic wishes you have a sparkling New Year!

4. Fu Lantern

Fu Lantern
(Image source: MyMiniFactory, Jennifer Yu)

This retro lantern has many traditional elements. For example, Fu Chinese character symbolizes blessing, prosperity and good luck. Fish pattern on the surface represents abundance and harvest. And lotus means tranquility and longevity. This lantern has the size of 116 x 150 x 104mm, designed to fit an LED tealight. It is recommended that print it at 20% infill and with red PLA to create a festive atmosphere.

5. Lucky Coasters

Lucky Coasters
(Image source: Thingiverse, nerdyviews)

The set of good luck coasters consists of eight Chinese characters encircled by meander pattern. Different coasters have different meanings, generally speaking, they all signify auspiciousness. But don't worry if you don't understand them, the designer has marked the meaning of each word on the STL file. As to print settings, the designer used gold and red silk PLA to achieve a glossy and dual-color look. Note that the filament color should be changed at 2 mm. Except for the somewhat troublesome work of switching different color of filaments, other settings are very simple. Because it doesn't need rafts or supports, and the resolution is 0.2mm with 15% infill.

6. Dumpling

Dumpling
(Image source: Thingiverse, someandy)

Dumplings are one of traditional dishes on Lunar New Year's Eve, widely popular in North China. They consist of meat and vegetables wrapped in a dough skin, and can be cooked by boiling, steaming or frying. The look is similar to Chinese silver ingots, so eating dumplings stands for the fortune you can make in the next year. It is suggested to print a batch of dumplings with white PLA for a life-like look. The layer height is 0.15mm and the infill is 15%.