In order to keep a 3D printed figurine looking like brand new it's important to keep it in an environment where it won't be damaged. 3D printed figurines are meant for display purposes only. While it is fine to pass them around at gatherings occasionally, they really should stay on a shelf, your fireplace mantle, or in a glass display case (bell jars work very well). When you're deciding where to display them you will want to avoid:
- Direct sunlight
- Areas with lots of moisture
If your 3D printed figurine is placed in direct sunlight the color on it will fade over time and the colors may start to look washed out.
3D printed figurines that are exposed to moisture will also have their colors fade. If you are in an area with lots of humidity than you will want to be extra careful. Another side affect of exposure to moisture is the 3D figurines can erode over time since they are made out of a gypsum-based material.
Another thing to be careful with when handling the 3D printed figurines is to not drop them. If you drop a 3D printed figurine it will almost certainly break. In many cases you can repair them with super glue, but there are times when they are beyond repair.