10 interesting things to make with a 3D Printer

09-20-2012form-1-on-desk00-1348689824I have always been on the side of skeptics when it comes to 3-D printing. I don’t know why but it could be something to do with the hype surrounding it, the hype that says 3-D printing is going to basically save the world!

I mean, what can you actually make with a 3-D printer? Anything useful?  Well, I thought I would dig into it a bit further and went hunting the internet, as I usually do and I have to say I was amazed at what I found!

A good 3-D printer will set you back around $450, which is not a great deal in the grand scheme of things, especially when you can make some pretty cool stuff.  I found the following 10 practical cool items on the internet that you could make using one of these printers. Ready?

An iPhone Case

IPhone’s are expensive things and a case is pretty much required if you want to protect your investment.  Store bought cases will cost you at least $30 but with a 3-D printer, you could have a new one every week!

Replacement Parts

Are you a fixer-upper type of person? Then you will love having a 3-D printer. Next time a plastic bit breaks off your washing machine you can just make a new one, instead of having to buy a whole new machine. Think how much money you can save just replacing a handle!

Accessories for the Smartphone

Smartphone accessories are pretty pricey these days but with a decent 3-D printer, you can make your own. You can print off things like stands, sound amplifiers and nifty little camera attachments.

TriK-Tripod-Adapter-3d-printed-1Camera stuff

Photography is not a cheap hobby and professional photographers spend a fortune on the right gear.  With a 3-D printer, you can save yourself a pocketful of cash by printing off lens cap holders and tripod mounts, little things that can make your life easier.

Accessories for a Bicycle

Cyclists like to spend time getting their bikes ready for the next big race and, with a 3-D printer, they can print off things like carrying handles, frame clips, even a brand new pedal if they want!

Scientific stuff

If you are a bit of a science buff, you can use your printer to knock up a tray to wash your slides on, make a new lens mount or even an anemometer! This is great idea for science students who are on a tight budget.

A Wallet or a Purse

I know it doesn’t sound nice, having a purse or a wallet made out of plastic but you might be surprised at the designs you can come up with. Be completely unique and make something no one else has got!

IMG_1124Clocks

Buy yourself a cheap clock movement and use your printer to knock up a smart looking little clock.

Containers

Everyone needs containers and buying them can work out pricey in the long run. No need, if you have a 3-D printer, just knock up a purpose built one whenever you need it.

Lego

Lego fans will be in their element here. You can print out any shape you can think of and use it in your Lego building.

These ideas will only work for the desktop printer, not for mass production. If that is what you are after you would need to look elsewhere. Will I buy buying one of these now? Oh yes and I intend to have a lot of fun with it too!

 

 

by James

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