Initially, I'll have to say that 3d-printing for the construction of a single puppet head (or other parts) is not faster, cheaper or simpler than any other construction method.
One big advantage of 3d-printing is that you can recreate a 3d-printed part again and again - this makes it much easier to try new things (without having the worry about breaking something that cannot be replaced) and it makes repairs very simple. I bought the 3d-printer to have more spare time - the printer can do the work while I do something else - so far that worked very well.
I have made many printable 3d-models for puppet and costume head bases. Most of my models are dual-use - depending on how large they are printed (16-18cm wide is the size for a puppet head - 26-30cm wide for a costume head). Apart from that, I made models for teeth, noses, ears, movable eyelids, etc.
My models are on Thingiverse.com - https://www.thingiverse.com/Tioh/designs - free to use for non-commercial purposes. You can change the size as you like.
Some examples of 3d-models that I made for 3d-printing (the photo in the middle is a 3d-printed costume head base with felt ears attached).
Here's the archived thread with my older models: https://puppetsandstuff.com/archive/topic/8462
Please do not sell prints of my models - that would create unfair competition for my friends who sell their 3d-printed head bases (not based on my models).
If you want more information on how to use them to build hand-puppets go to http://puppet.tioh.de/
More photos of finished 3d-prints are in my Blog https://tioh.livejournal.com/
The finished puppets look like this:
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