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When was the last time you tried to create a masterpiece and it just ended up looking a bit rubbish?

Off the top of my head, I remember as a kid (giddy after watching a particularly tense episode of Ready Steady Cook) once trying to cook a beef stroganoff, reading the ingredient quantities on the recipe incorrectly and producing a dish so greasy it would still give you a coronary even if you had arteries the width of the Channel Tunnel.

Let’s face it- we’ve all had our ‘Homer Simpson BBQ pit’ moment:

So as it’s still in its relevant infancy as an invention used by everyday folks like us, it’s not unreasonable to think that not every CAD design sent to a 3D printer turns out quite the way the hobbyist or budding inventor had intended it to.

And a 3D print fanatic has created a Flickr account dedicated to such ‘back to the drawing board’ moments. Richard Horne’s ‘The Art Of 3D Print Failure’ is a shrine to those creations that just didn’t turn out the way the users who upload the photos intended- a memorial wall for every proverbial 3D printed BBQ pit, or Fiat Multipla.

Here are some of our favourites:

“Blow your whistle, ref!” Oh wait, he’s trying to, but…

 

Chris Cecil- https://www.flickr.com/photos/68272764@N05/6801804568/in/pool-3d-print-failures/

Chris Cecil- https://www.flickr.com/photos/68272764@N05/6801804568/in/pool-3d-print-failures/

That gaping hole in the wall aside, this castle is impregnable!

pawl2012- https://www.flickr.com/photos/73988168@N08/6665319755/in/pool-3d-print-failures/

http://bit.ly/1spWwIa

 

Erm, yeah.

 

Cid Vilas- https://www.flickr.com/photos/cidvilas/7004728241/in/pool-3d-print-failures/

Cid Vilas- https://www.flickr.com/photos/cidvilas/7004728241/in/pool-3d-print-failures/

‘The Head’ off Art Attack has seen better days…

 

Matthew LaBerge- https://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewlaberge/5769536419/in/pool-3d-print-failures/

Matthew LaBerge- https://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewlaberge/5769536419/in/pool-3d-print-failures/


I’ve always wondered what goes on inside the head of a duck

https://www.flickr.com/photos/eokgnah/8077025349/in/pool-3d-print-failures/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/eokgnah/8077025349/in/pool-3d-print-failures/


“Have you seen my Celtic skull model, I’ve looked…oh John, you’re bloody sitting on it!”

Chris Cecil- https://www.flickr.com/photos/68272764@N05/8136822496/in/pool-3d-print-failures/

Chris Cecil- https://www.flickr.com/photos/68272764@N05/8136822496/in/pool-3d-print-failures/


Where’s Gavin from AutoGlass when you need him?

Sandy Noble- https://www.flickr.com/photos/euphy/8394752371/in/pool-3d-print-failures/

Sandy Noble- https://www.flickr.com/photos/euphy/8394752371/in/pool-3d-print-failures/


Remind me which way does a Rook move across the board, again?

Chris Cecil- https://www.flickr.com/photos/68272764@N05/8976422746/in/pool-3d-print-failures/

Chris Cecil- https://www.flickr.com/photos/68272764@N05/8976422746/in/pool-3d-print-failures/

And finally, this doesn’t have to be labelled as a failure if the creator claims that he was merely creating figurines of the parents from Cow and Chicken!

Fred Kahl- https://www.flickr.com/photos/fredini/8335976080/in/pool-3d-print-failures/

Fred Kahl- https://www.flickr.com/photos/fredini/8335976080/in/pool-3d-print-failures/

For those of you that never watched hit 90s cartoon show Cow and Chicken, the parents were simply legs!

https://38.media.tumblr.com/a5d81accb4069f00bc16f72080df883c/tumblr_mfuux7dDLy1rqw5f9o1_500.jpg

Image source: Tumblr

To view more 3D printed fails, head over to the group on Flickr.

 

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