The term “steampunk” was coined in the 1980s to describe a genre of science fiction that tends to contain scenes or references to the Victorian era (or the American “wild west”). This was a time when steam powered the machines and gadgets that were gaining new prominence in popular culture, especially when it came to the ideas of exploration of new or “lost” worlds. Authors H.G. Wells and Jules Verne are particularly inspirational to this genre. Sean Charlesworth was inspired by Jules Verne when creating one of our favorite, and certainly most-popular, 3D printed models in this genre, the Octopod.Steampunk recalls a time when mass production had not yet taken hold. Hand-crafted, individual creations were the norm. So, naturally, steampunk enthusiasts can appreciate the value of 3D printing to produce one-off, personalized pieces.
Interested in exploring more 3D printed models created in the steampunk style? Check out our Steampunk & 3D Printing Pinterest board.