7 Useful Items You Can Make With a 3D Printer



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Do you enjoy displaying your individuality and style? If so, you might have fun exploring the wonderful world of 3D printing! This emerging technology allows you to create useful designs for printing an array of items.

So far, people have used 3D printers to create everything from gourmet food products to prosthetic devices for handicapped pets. The widespread availability of 3D printers permits designers to craft customized jewelry products and personal accessories, too. Attractive bracelets and stylish metal rings formed with the assistance of a 3D printer appeal to a wide audience. Only your imagination limits the number of potential objects you can manufacture with the help of today’s 3D printers.



In addition to developing your own ideas for new designs, you’ll find that there are also many ready-to-print designs for 3D items available online. If you have access to a 3D printer, simply obtain the right to download a design, and then print!



Many of the most popular 3D printers on the market use plastic filaments to help make useful everyday products. Here is a list of items you can 3D print today:



1. Desktop Organizers



Do you need to keep a cluttered desk tidy? Useful desk organizers can help keep all your pencils, pens and paper clips in one convenient place. For example, a cute whale cup holder could bring order to your desktop. Or choose an organizer with individual slots for your favorite fountain pens. A 3D printer can allow you to print personalized, very stylish work tools to enhance your workspace.


2. Phone Accessories



If you’ve become very attached to your smartphone, you might enjoy creating a phone holder that also serves as a charging station. You’ll discover a wealth of excellent 3D printer designs for these types of products available online. Designs range from desktop stands decorated in the form of kitty cats, to smartphone holders designed to hang from bicycle bars. There are also phone accessories customized specifically for tablets.



3. Kitchen Utensils



Some specialized 3D printers today help chefs create awesome chocolates and other gourmet foods. These devices may become standard appliances in the computerized kitchens of the future. Yet right now, you can use a 3D printer to create numerous kitchen utensils and tools, including cheese slicers, spaghetti measuring rings, cookie cutters, salt and pepper shakers, and even measuring cups. Use your 3D printer to help equip your kitchen with an array of useful food preparation items.



4. Shopping Bag Components



Product designers have also devised some useful 3D printable plastic handles for shopping bags. Available in a variety of fashionable styles, sizes, and forms, these products can help alleviate the difficulty of carrying heavily bulky grocery sacks. Use this innovation to make your trip to the mall more enjoyable!



5. Bookmarks



Do you enjoy reading? Some people find thick volumes challenging to finish without the assistance of a helpful bookmark. If you are a beginner, you can use 3D printing models available online to 3D print your first bookmark. Once you have a good grasp of this technology, you can start creating models of your own. From a snap-on portal bookstand to decorative bookcase knick-knacks, and more, avid readers have discovered a wide array of useful 3D printer products for library use.


6. Battery Shell Adapters



Although the use would undoubtedly violate manufacturer warranties (and possibly safety protocols), some ingenious 3D printer developers have devised ways to create a shell to adapt a smaller AA battery to fit a C-size battery holder. Just remember you’ll need to recharge your AA battery more frequently!



7. Bathroom Accessories


With your 3D printer capable of producing plastic items, you can also make a cornucopia of products designed to help decorate your bathroom. Use your 3D printer to create bathroom decor items ranging from soap holders to shower curtain hooks. You’ll find many opportunities to customize your designs. Many of these products perform a highly utilitarian role; such as helping homeowners handle minor plumbing emergencies more easily until a plumbing professional can repair a leaking faucet or correct a poorly functional shower nozzle.

There are also 3D printing designs for a variety of accessories for kids: faucet nozzles designed in the shape of dinosaurs, toothbrush holders and floating toy boats all compete for the attention of 3D printer owners.

A Useful High-Tech Device



Today, 3D printers appear with increasing frequency in home settings. In the future, these high-tech devices will almost certainly rank among the most useful tools. Today, you can download designs for many attractive and useful items via the Internet and then print out objects you require. Some people also develop their own product lines using 3D printers. From jewelry and desktop sets to kitchen utensils and bathroom decor accessories, 3D printing offers wonderful opportunities for unleashing creativity and style!


This is a guest article by Heather Redding, a tech enthusiast and freelance writer based in Aurora, Illinois. She is a coffee-addict who enjoys swimming and reading. Street photography is her newly discovered artistic outlet and she likes to capture life’s little moments with her camera. You can reach Heather via Twitter.

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