Creating history for the sake of the future

Lancaster, California
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Last updated on Sep 17, 2021

Any one of my 175 subjects can be made into a premium bust, all you have to do is put the name in the comment when you check out! All of my busts are original artwork not available anywhere else!


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About 3DPrintedDebris

Sales 16,812
On Etsy since 2016

How it all began.....

In the beginning, there was a single printer. A Velleman K8200 I bought to tinker around with and see what all the fuss was about with RepRap and the 3D Printing movement. In late 2014, I spent 2 weeks and 200+ parts/wires/connections getting that thing to even print, let alone do it well. I'll never forget my wife's look of bewilderment when after a week of tuning and calibration I had finally produced.... a cube.

That first printer was my workhorse, but most of it's time was dedicated to printing parts for itself. Around that time SeeMeCNC released the Rostock Max V1 Delta Printer and then there were 2 printers in my house. I started selling aircraft models around work as going away presents, and these funded the purchase of more printers. I found myself selling off the Elliptical Exercise Machine (which was repurposed as a clothes hanger) to make room for 4 Rostock Max V3s to create my first printer "farm".

With all of these printers I started to form an idea..... "Could I sell prints off of these machines to put my kids through school?". It would be a bootstrap model that self-funded, and allowed for some growth at the same time. I would need to scale up to meet the demand of 2 college educations, and I only had another year to do it before the bills started rolling in.

I opened this shop up in 2016 and started selling whatever I thought was functional or clever, mostly colorful junk I found on thingiverse. Around that time the Creality CR-10 3D Printer came out, and I found myself donating the Rostocks to the local high school, and I taught a class on how to use and maintain it. As far as I know, those Rostocks are still in use by LHS to this day. Later came the Prusa MK3, which complimented our current farm really well.

This brought about the need for more space that I didn't have, and I found myself tearing out closet doors and building the rack into my house. The outbox moved to the landing of the house, and the kitchen was consumed by Polyshers and other stuff I couldn't fit into my home office. My living room was the finishing area, and I would remove support with my wife while we watched TV. After a session, the floor was littered with tons of 3D Printed Debris, and my wife compared them to razor-sharp legos. We continued like this well into 2019, and the farm had grown to 23 machines. My garage became a photo and paint booth, and a storage area for all of our shipping boxes and supplies. At that time, 3DPD (as it was later known to friends and family) had consumed about 60% of the house. I'll never forget the soundtrack of the house... there were always printers running. When they weren't it was almost unnerving. When they were running at full capacity, our light fixtures would swing back and forth and the windows would rattle. First lesson learned: don't bolt multiple vibration sources into the frame of your house.

My daughter headed off to college in 2018, and 3DPD had scaled to the point we could just barely float the tuition, room, and board. But, it was working. After she headed off, we converted her old bedroom into an Creality Ender 3 farm and the operation had grown to 35 machines!

In 2018 we built up another 15 CR-10s and a good friend of mine hosted them in his house and even operated them in his off time from work. That brought us to 50 machines, but we really couldn't say we offered anything unique to the marketplace. Still colorful junk from the open domain. We decided to pivot at that point to only owned/licensed works, and "Site 2" was torn down and all 15 printers were donated to the high schools out here.

In 2019 my son headed off to college, and 3DPD was in full swing. We pivoted from colorful junk and started offering exclusive artwork and historical works. As our bust collection grew we quickly realized we were onto something, so we committed to the task and began working on a first-ever collection..... The Complete US Presidents. This was a long project as I wanted to launch 3 variations of 44 subjects. They all had to be sculpted, printed, finished, photographed, and listed. It was a TON of work and took over a year to complete, but it was worth it as we finally had something unique we could call our own.

By July of 2019 we quickly realized our house just wasn't going to hold 3DPD for much longer. There were 3D Printed Presidential Busts everywhere. We began searching for a place out in the outskirts of town in the country that had a 1000sqft workshop. We found the place we're in now, and in late 2019 we made the move. The prior owners were even nice enough to allow us to come in early to paint a couple of the rooms, and epoxy the shop floor.

October of 2019 is when 3DPD found it's own home, finally separate from the house that we reside. The workshop had plenty of power, water, finished walls, and a nice new epoxy floor. Ironically enough, It only took one day to move our household goods into the new place; it took 5 days to move 3DPD out and demolish everything I had built to fit everything into that tiny cramped office. The shop underwent a TON of electrical mods to support the racks, and we must have laid down a mile of CAT7 for the closed network.

In March of 2020 COVID hit, and I found myself locked down for 6 months and confined to my home. With idle hands and nothing to do, I focused everything on 3DPD. I spent over a thousand hours building 3D printers, creating modifications, working up new products, taking photos, and creating listings. I thought to myself.... "If all I have to show for the next 6 months is a high level character on Fallout I'll never forgive myself". The strange thing was, I didn't mind putting in 12 and 14 hour days building 3DPD. I really came to enjoy it, and it was about the only thing keeping me sane during the lockdown.

During this time, my buddy was chomping at the bit to "get back into the mix", and Site 2 was built up with 20 Prusa Minis, with 16 more residing at we all call "Site 1". With Site 2 back up, we could absorb the Christmas rush without having to shut down to clear the backlog like the years prior. In 2020, we only had to shut down for 2 days, largely because while we had enough printers to absorb the work, our infrastructure wasn't setup to handle the throughput.

So here we are now in 2021. Still locked down, and still creating new content and building new machines. We've made a lot of changes based on last year's lessons learned, and I think we're ready to face Christmas head-on! We're up to 105 3D printers now, and have over 160 unique and original subjects for the bust lines. We even worked up some really neat trailer hitch covers (this was a random idea, but we all liked them).

We completed our financial obligation to our daughter, and my son has about 8 more months before he's done as well. From there, I don't know what we will do. This was all born out of necessity, but has grown into something that has a life of it's own, and I honestly don't know what I would do with my time if I shut it all down and sold everything off. This hobby, and now digital factory, has brought us all a lot of joy, and there is a great sense of pride in what we have accomplished and the friends we've made along the way. We thank everyone that has made a purchase and helped us achieve our goals. You've encouraged us through challenges, made us retool and rethink our approaches with your feedback, and helped us all grow both personally and professionally.

To all that have supported us through the years: From the bottom of all our hearts, THANK YOU!!!

Shop members

  • Derek Kirkendall

    Owner, Creator

Production partners

  • Luther Berry Designs

    Orangeburg, NY

    Luther Berry is a 3D modeller and artist I have had the pleasure of working with for the last year. His work is nothing short of perfection! His attention to detail and skill are second to none.

  • Thijs DeVries

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Thijs DeVries has a unique talent for photo-realistic portrait sculpts, and has a keen eye for detail and bringing out the realism in any sculpt through asymmetry. He has been the driving force behind my presidential and scientist busts, and he has been a pleasure to work with!

Shop policies

Last updated on July 17, 2021
Welcome to my shop! This is a collection of items I found to be functional, clever in their approach, or beautiful. All items in my shop are made by me, and in most cases 3D printed. Some of my items are hand painted or airbrushed by me as well. Take a look around, I'm sure you'll spot something you'll like!

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept exchanges or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
All items are sold as-is and are made on-demand, so I don't accept exchanges. Requests for return/refund of an item sold in a color other than what is pictured (i.e. listing is silver, and you order it in purple) will be subject to a 25% restocking fee.

I accept returns within 30 days of delivery, all that I ask is that you pay the return postage.

Please buy insurance on returns. Any damage suffered on a return is the buyer's responsibility. Damaged returns will not receive a refund.

If an item is damaged in shipping, please take a picture and contact me via conversation. If it can be repaired I'll ask you to ship it back to me and I'll fix it. I buy insurance for items over $50, so if it is damaged I will need the following to make the claim:
1.) Picture of the item
2.) Picture of the packaging
3.) You will need to verify the claim when I send you the link
Note: without the 3 items above I will not send a replacement or issue a refund.

Requests for cancellations made after I have already started working on an item will not be honored.
Payment prior to starting work or initiating delivery. I can accept Etsy payments or paypal.
I will ship as soon as your item is ready, in most cases within a couple days. If I'm backed up, I will let you know sooner rather than later. As soon as I ship, I'll provide you a tracking number. For the holidays, here's the deadlines from the USPS:

Holiday Mailing Deadlines

Mailing Within Contiguous US

Make sure your mail and packages arrive in time for the holidays by mailing before these recommended deadlines, excluding Alaska and Hawaii.

Send-by dates for expected delivery before Dec. 25th (Actual delivery date may vary and is based on origin, destination, Post Office acceptance time, and other conditions).
December 14 — USPS Retail Ground®
December 19 — First-Class Mail®
December 20 — Priority Mail®
December 22 — Priority Mail Express®

For Priority Mail Express® shipments mailed December 23 through December 25, the money-back guarantee applies only if the shipment was not delivered, or delivery was not attempted, within two (2) business days.

It will take me at least the minimum number of days (i.e. if the item says 5-7 days, 5 is the minimum it will take me to make it and ship it) to make the item and get it in the mail, so please add that to the USPS deadlines to ensure delivery before Christmas.

INTERNATIONAL BUYERS: Please be aware shipping overseas has been taking up to 90 days to deliver as they clear customs. Items will ship on time, but the time to land is beyond my control. I will not declare an item lost until 90 days has passed from date of shipment.

REFUSED DELIVERY: Items marked as "Refused" by buyers and returned to me will not be refunded or reshipped.
Additional policies and FAQs
Q: Do you take bust requests?
A: We reserve requests for our most loyal and return customers. Each new work requires a significant investment of time and money, and more often than not, suggestions have been drive-by in nature for obscure subjects that we'll never see a return on the investment. Requests must fall within these guidelines:
1.) I don't do the living (except USA politicians and dignitaries, those are fair game)
2.) Must not be recently deceased (think Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Tom Petty, David Bowie, etc.)
3.) I don't cover subjects that are "too" controversial (Malcom X, Che Guevara, etc). This is determined on a case-by-case basis
4.) Must at least have a wiki page
5.) No fictional characters created after 1909 (No Vader, Holmes, Iron Man, Thor, etc etc)

Q: I'd like a bust of my grandmother, is this something you can do?
A: Yes, but it will be expensive if I need to create the digital asset from scratch. Sculpting costs and prototyping costs will run about $800 for the job, and it will take about 4 weeks. You can reduce this significantly if you obtain a scan of your friend or relative with a smartphone app such as "3DCatch" or any photogrammetry app. Google "photogrammetry apps" for a complete list of free and paid programs.

Q: Can you copy this statue from this photograph?
A: I can, as long as it's old enough that there aren't copyright issues (pre-1909). If you have a file, it will be fairly straightforward and similar to the pricing in my shop for the print. If you only have a picture, and there is no file (STL) in the open domain, sculpting it from scratch will run around $600 and will take a couple of weeks. If it is a work post-1909 I can't help you; I will not copy other artists' copyright-protected original work under any circumstances.

Q: Can you customize the statues or monuments?
A: Unfortunately, not at the price shown. Any change to an existing design will incur a $20 additional fee to account for the changes made and remastering the file for the 3D print.

Q: Do you make custom designs for trailer hitch covers?
A: Not at this time. More often than not the requests are one-offs, and the pricing required to cover all of the hidden costs are often well outside of the required budget. We spread these costs out over selling a model in multiples with the hopes of reaching break-even fairly quickly; some have, others have not.

Q: What are your 3D Prints made of?
A: Every item in my shop is made from Polylactic Acid (PLA), which is a non-toxic organic thermo-polymer made from corn starch or sugarcane and is industrially compostable under very specific and expensive conditions. It will not break down if buried or submerged in water and will last for a very, very long time. 3DPD makes every effort to repurpose and transform waste plastics such as support material and failed prints. One example of this is that our PLA waste is ground up into shards and suspended in the filled and premium bust product lines. Additionally, in-house colors such as black make use of a small percentage of waste plastics to recycle them. Anyone that makes the claim that PLA is “eco-friendly” or “biodegradable” is simply misinformed and has copy/pasted the erroneous marketing materials made available by the manufacturers. 3DPD will aspire to reduce, repurpose, recycle, or upcycle its waste streams and prevent as much material as possible from being sent to the landfill, and a portion of your purchase will be used to fund this ongoing research and development.

Q: Are 3D prints fragile?
A: All of my prints are FDM, meaning they are very rigid and hold up very well to time and use. Occasionally, the USPS will devise a clever way to wreck my work, but this is the exception.

Q: Why are they so light?
A: I combine technology and art to create the strongest possible work, yet the least amount of material consumed and therefore lower cost of manufacture and also shipping cost. It also has the added benefit of allowing multiple works to be placed on floating shelves without the need for elaborate reinforcement or the like. I do also make a premium bust version that are much heavier, but they will need a sturdy shelf if you want to display more than 5 at a time.

Q: Which colors are made in the USA?
A: Black, white marble, bronze, gun metal gray, lime green, green, purple, blue, silver and brown. All of the rest of our colors are sourced globally. Our long term goal is to source USA suppliers for all of our colors, and will continue to add USA sourced filaments.

Q: How close are the colors to what I see in the pictures?
A: Filament manufacture isn't an exact science, and some colors are notoriously difficult to make, let alone consistently. Even the largest manufacturers have some color variation from lot to lot, or even spool to spool. We strive to select only those manufacturers that offer a consistent product. The colors that have the most variation are Gray, White Marble, and Silver. If you buy 10 busts in 2019 and buy 10 more in 2020 there is a good chance they will not be an exact match. For that reason, we recommend against building collections over time unless purchased in White, Black, Gun Metal Gray, or Bronze.

Q: Do 3D prints smell?
A: Absolutely not. PLA is an odorless plastic that doesn't emit any smell. That said, I occasionally use a strawberry-scented accelerator on my glue that makes it cure instantly. For the large busts this is a MUST to get a good bond between the plinths and the bust. If there is any residual accelerator, that strawberry scent will dissipate in a day or so leaving only the odorless print.

Q: I see 10 items listed, does that mean you have 10 to ship tomorrow?
A: If you see "QTY 10" for a given item, it means I can make 10 of them inside of the advertised delivery date listed. If you ask me for an estimated shipping date and wait 5 days to actually buy the item, the ship date will have to slip to reflect the delay in purchase.

Q: Do you sell your STL files?
A: Unfortunately, no. With the significant investment I have made in them I need to maintain control over my digital assets. Once a file is "out there", it's gone for good.

Q: Do you take on 3D print work?
A: If you have a file, I can generate a quote very quickly. It's best if you include a link to a source when you contact me. Please be aware I will not 3D print any of the following under any circumstances:
1) Pornographic content
2) Anything firearms related
3) Fidget Spinners
4) Cookie Cutters
5) Pokemon
If it is a functional part to be used on a plane, train, boat, or automobile I will require indemnification should the part fail while in use.

Q: If I send you a photo, is it going to be used for marketing purposes?
A: Probably, especially if it is good. If you upload or email a photo to my site or to my inbox you are giving me permission to use it in social media or for marketing purposes. I will not cite the source of the photo, and I might create a derivative (filters, cropping, etc) of your photo.

Q: I don't see an item on your site anymore, can I still buy it?
A: If you're an existing customer that is looking to purchase a replacement or a copy, sure. I've grown a lot personally and professionally since I started this site, and my interests have changed for both legal and personal reasons.
I do not collect personal information other than what's legally required for tax purposes. I do not sell customer information under any circumstances. From time to time I may release a new item that is a companion to something you've already purchased from me, and in that case, I may send you an email letting you know it's newly listed on my site.