How to Design + 3D Print Your Own My Little Pony
This is a good week for fan art. No, no one wants to turn my “One Direction starts a venture capitalist firm” fan fic into a show yet (in the first ep Liam and Harry start mining their own form of bitcoins, it’s like S Club 7 meets Silicon Valley). But besides Teen Wolf fans getting a devoted website to spotlight their creations, My Little Pony is being resurrected thanks to a little help from two of our favorite things: everyday creatives and 3D printing.
Toymakers Hasbro and 3D printing co Shapeways teamed up to launch a new website that “empowers fans to be creators” using their favorite Hasbro-approved toys as inspiration, starting with My Little Pony. Fans around the world can flex their creativity and design their own rainbow-hued equestrians to be trotted about online and printed IRL through SuperFanArt.
Currently there are five featured MLP fan artists, their resumes ranging from animation enthusiasts to graphic artist, students and sculptors, but Hasbro plans to open up their online gallery to more artists and more products in the future.
Although this is a super specific online marketplace, we love the concept of showcasing designers’ passion (shh, yes even if that passion happens to be pretty, pretty ponies) that can come to life thanks to 3D printing. This is the type of collaborative community runing on the power of 3D printing that we expect seeing in many, many more industries in the future. And we have to say, this collaboration is more interesting and interactive than what Makerbot is currently doing with Sesame Street on Thingiverse.
We have a little series around here on Brit + Co called “Made Us Look,” and it just might be time we launched Made Us Print, starting with the premiere of our own line of Brit + Co Ponys (Conys?). If Hasbro follows this up with the option to let us 3D print some of our favorite Ponys of the past, you have yourselves a new partner, Hasbro.
Okay, ppl, let’s do this: What would your My Little Pony fan art look like? Give us the mane and hoof colors and side decals below. Accessories, too.
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!