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Lancaster, California
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Note from shop owner Thanks for dropping by! We're taking a break from Etsy to return later in the year with the trailer hitch receiver plugs. If you're looking for our busts, statues, and monument replicas they can be found at www.facesofhistory.com



Note from shop owner

Last updated on Sep 11, 2022

Thanks for dropping by! We're taking a break from Etsy to return later in the year with the trailer hitch receiver plugs. If you're looking for our busts, statues, and monument replicas they can be found at www.facesofhistory.com




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Big updates rolling out this week!
We decided to upgrade the trailer hitch cover design based off of customer feedback received over the years:
- made from heat and impact resistant PETG
- multiple mounting holes for custom depth

About 3DPrintedDebris

Sales 22,536
On Etsy since 2016

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Danger..... Long Read Ahead!

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.

It all started simply enough. I had a part I couldn't find, so I thought maybe I could design and 3D print it myself. That simple idea kicked off a series of events that would alter my perception and life forever.

What was one printer became 2, then 4, then 6. What consumed a desk soon consumed the closet, then the room. An idea was forming, as both of my kids were soon to leave for college: "Maybe I can use this hobby to put them through school?"

We scaled the operation to have the capacity to cover the expenses, but we still were missing a key ingredient.... an original product. At the time, we were pulling models from the open domain and selling whatever seemed clever or functional, but there really wasn't anything that set 3DPD apart from the other print shops out there.

My wife, our resident historian with a Master's degree in education, pointed out one day the busts of historical figures were rare enough they couldn't be obtained by 99% of the population. They were reserved for museums, and the very wealthy. What if we used 3D printing to create original portrait artwork and make it available at a price that everyone can enjoy and draw inspiration from?

We partnered with world class artists, and began our very first line of original artwork, the complete US Presidents collection. It took over a year to sculpt, print, and photograph all 45 busts in 3 variations, but we finally had something to call our own.

As time passed we discovered we stumbled onto something. People were decorating their offices with our busts, teachers placing them in schools, and even movie studios were asking to put them in their productions. After receiving such positive feedback, we decided to dedicate ourselves to building the largest collection of original 3D portrait artwork in the world.

We moved out of our suburban home and into a place that has a stand-alone workshop with plenty of room to grow. No more printers in the house, swinging light fixtures, or 3D printed debris scattered all over the living room floor after a finishing session!

Everything was going great..... until COVID hit. I found myself idle, isolated, and in desperate need of something to take my mind off of what was going on in the world. So, I poured everything I had into the 3D printer farm. I worked 16 hour days for around 6 months to build up all of my printers, and finish up all of the engineering I needed to get the shop performing reliably and efficiently. We found ourselves answering the call in producing protective equipment, and we produced thousands of face shields for our local first responders free of charge.

We finished paying into the kids' educations, and I've found myself wondering exactly what to do next. I left my 9-5 day job, and now I focus on 3DPD full time.

After 6 years, 105 3D printers, and over a million print hours we've arrived at the present. We've created over 190 original 3D portraits which have found their way into classrooms, bookshelves, and offices all over the world. It turns out, we weren't alone in our desire for affordable and original portrait art, and 3D printing has enabled us to release subjects that otherwise couldn't exist.

I'm constantly out there tinkering, and finding more efficient ways to run the business. We're always trying to find new ways to not only produce a profit, but do it in a way that leaves the smallest impact on the environment possible. We're now focused on new methods of recycling, and avoiding unnecessary waste streams or replacing them with sustainable methods. And, we're passing those lessons learned through to the 3D printing community to try and make 3D printing truly a sustainable and environmentally friendly method of creating products.

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

Shop members

  • Derek

    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 September 3, 2022

Accepted payment methods

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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.

IMPORT TAXES, DUTIES, and VAT: Buyers are responsible for settling any and all import duties. Normally ETSY collects this on purchase. If in the event Etsy does not, the buyer will need to pay these duties to release the item from their Country's Customs Authority.

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 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: 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: 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: I only offer what you see on the site. For inquires, please send an email to info [!at] facesofhistory.com
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.