Where to get custom LEGO brick printing in the UK and abroad
A guide to custom printing LEGO bricks. Designing your bricks, and supplier recommendations for custom LEGO print services in the UK, Europe, Australia / New Zealand, and the USA.
There comes a time when every LEGO model builder wishes a part existed with a custom design on it, and what better way to achieve that than custom printing on to LEGO bricks?
Here’s the Bricks McGee guide to custom LEGO brick printing. This is primarily aimed at U.K. LEGO builders, though there is a list of recommended printing companies in Europe, the US, Australasia and more from my trusted LEGO friends worldwide too at the end.
There are a couple of reasons you tend to get LEGO bricks and other elements printed:
Printing isn’t the only option to get your custom designs on to LEGO bricks – you can also get custom stickers printed.
One benefit of stickers is that they’re likely to be quite a bit cheaper than printing on LEGO bricks, especially if you need them in bulk. The major disadvantage, though, is that stickers are more prone to damage once installed. Printed bricks can also be susceptible to the designs being rubbed off over time, so need to be used, where possible, in areas that are likely to feature little friction.
Brick engraving is also an option, although we’re not a fan as much as printing, as it involves “digging” in to the bricks, rather than printing on top of them. Engraving tends to be harder wearing due to this, though design options in engraving tend to be more limited (e.g., just text rather than more intricate designs).
Once you’ve decided what you want to print, you’ll need to provide a design for it. Some companies can help you create this, if you need it – be prepared to pay an additional charge for design work if so.
Beware that you should own the copyright – or have permission – to print any artwork on to bricks. This usually means you need to have created the artwork initially, or that the artwork is out of copyright due to its age.
Steve and Sally, founders of Fab Bricks, are based in Gloucestershire and ship U.K.-wide. As well as LEGO brick printing, they offer a huge range of customisable figures and bricks from Valentine’s Day to Christmas, and everything in between. They also offer brick engraving.
I’ve used their LEGO printing service for years for personal models and am often surprised by the quality they can achieve. Highly recommended!
Minifigs.me are based in Sheffield, Yorkshire, and they ship U.K. wide. Run by Nick and Caroline, they’re both long term LEGO fans and produce some fantastic custom minifigure prints – I have quite a few of their “Mini-uns” from before LEGO released their own line of custom moulded figures.
Brick Sanity are also based in the UK and offer a LEGO printing service. Also on offer are custom 3D printed elements, and printed figures. They advertise in Blocks Magazine, so they may look familiar!
Geeky Cool are primarily LEGO jewellery designers, but do offer a LEGO engraving service. They travel to shows in Europe too, so you may be able to order and collect from your local LEGO exhibition!
Famous for their World War themed minifigure printing, United Bricks, based in Scotland, also offer a custom LEGO printing service.
Way Too Many Bricks offer UV LEGO printing with a design service.
We are sure there are other LEGO printing companies around – do you have any recommendations? If so, feel free to share them on our Twitter or Facebook accounts.
The UK businesses listed above offer European delivery; you can also find custom print options for LEGO elements in Europe below. Thanks to Elspeth De Montes and the members of BeLUG for their recommendations here:
Thanks to Ryan Evans and Richard Jones of Rambling Brick for their recommendation.
These US brick printing businesses are recommended by Cale Leiphart of Brick Model Railroader, and Tony Sava:
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