Welcome to the world of 3D printing! Surprisingly enough, this technology has been around for the last 40 years but only as of recently, have we been able to afford it.
You can find 3D printing at work in every industry from education, Hollywood movie prop production, medicine, cars, and even NASA. While your 3D printer might print in plastic, there are printers out there using materials like ceramic, wood, titanium, nylon, gold and even spider silk!
If you’re eager to show off what your new printer can do start off with these fun things to print that are both entertaining and useable!
Grab your ABS plastic, we’re getting started.
9 Fun Things to Print with Your 3D Printer
Brace yourself. We’re about to provide you with some incredibly awesome designs that you can make with your 3D printer. Think you can make it through the article without trying your hand at one?
We’ll admit, some of these items are so cool, we had to stop writing this article and try them out for ourselves. Keep reading for some amazing 3D printables that are engineer tested and nerd-approved.
1. Shockingly Strong Carabiner
Everyone loves a good carabiner, especially a strong one that can hold a full water bottle. Carabiners are great at keeping things together whether is rogue hair ties or your dog’s collar to a leash. We’ve even used it to hang scarves in our closet and wet clothes on a laundry line.
Attach things to your bike, backpack, hooks, dogs, you name it. We personally have 20 lying around at all times–seriously, it has a million uses.
Please note that you should absolutely in no way use this printed carabiner for climbing. Using this to hang your sneakers off your backpack is fine, suspending your body over a cliff is not.
If you don’t know how to use a carabiner besides for rock climbing, check out this list for some good ideas.
2. Impressive Phone Amplifier
Do you ever wish your phone could get a little bit louder? Now it can, all thanks to what can print up in a few minutes. This phone amplifier fits snuggly around your iPhone (where the speakers are) and projects the sound.
3. Efficient Earbud Case
Nothing is more frustrating than digging into your backpack to find your earbuds knotted up. no matter how many times you untangle them, they’re destined to clump up again.
Create your solution with this printable earbud case. There are a lot of designs out there for an earbud case but this one not only keeps it from tangling but also covers it from dirt and soggy unwrapped gum that somehow accumulate in the bottom of your bag–gross.
4. Pragmatic Bag Clip
We’re halfway through our list, need a snack? Why not open a bag of chips and seal it up with your new sliding bag clip you just printed?
There’s nothing worse than stale chips…except maybe stale cheese curls. If you’re anything like us, you can never find a bag clip when you need it the most.
Now that you have a 3D printer, life just got a lot easier.
5. Contemporary Planters
Show your significant other you care by printing them a cool planter for their new little succulent. With hundreds of varieties to choose from, you can print a planter for each of them and stack them into creative, geometric shapes. This is the simplest way to trick out your cubicle and be the coolest person at the office.
Can’t remember to water your plant? We’ve got the perfect solution. Print out your own self-watering planter and never be guilty of killing houseplants again. We love it for keeping our basil plants green and healthy.
6. Stylish Wall Art
Who says you have to be an artist or a painter to hang wall art? If your walls are looking a little bare, why not print out some designs.
Print everything from logos and signs to pandas and mounted elephant heads, these wall art designs are as endless as your creativity (or search results).
If you’re looking to purchase your own 3D printer, view here to check out these reliable, state-of-the-art models.
7. Useful Household Appliances
Next time you need something for your house, think, “Can I print it?” and you’ll see that the answer is usually yes.
Need a utensil drainboard? Printable.
Looking for an artistic pen and pencil holder? Printable.
What about something to store your flash drives? Printable.
You get the point.
Need more ideas? Check out our favorites here like the secret shelf or the GoT-themed door stopper.
With a 3D printer, the opportunities for making your life easier are endless. Whether you need a knife stand or key holder, you and your 3D printer have the power to print up anything you need.
8. Ingenius Measuring Cube
Need a last minute gift for mom? Let’s be honest, mom’s love homemade gifts, but every since you grew up, you’ve stopped making things for her.
We’re not suggesting you go back to making macaroni necklaces; we’re thinking something a little more advanced: the multi-use measuring cube.
This design allows you to measure 1 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/4 cup, 1 tbsp, 1/2 tbsp, 1 tsp, 1/2 tsp, and 1/4 tsp. It even has metric measurements and holds up in the dishwasher!
9. Necessary Beer Bottle Opener
After all that hard work of printing, you deserve an ice cold beer. Don’t have an opener? Print one out yourself.
Not only is a printed bottle opener incredibly strong, but lightweight as well. You can add it to your keyring and be the most popular person at the party.
Also, these bottle openers make great gifts whether its a holiday, birthday, or you just want to share your appreciation. Just a few minutes at the printer and you’re ready to rack up some serious brownie points.
What Will You Print Up Next?
There’s no shortage of fun things to print when you have your own 3D printer.
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