Stuck for ideas for what to 3D print? Bored of pointless trinkets and doodads? A list of cool things to 3D print which are genuinely useful.
Like us, you’re tremendously excited by the possibilities of 3D printing. Unfortunately, the landscape is cluttered with trinkets, doodads and ornaments. We’re in danger of drowning in 3D printed objects that nobody wants or needs.
Fight the tide of mediocrity! Let’s make stuff that’s actually useful! Here’s a list of cool things to 3D print, right now, today. Prove to your nearest and dearest that there’s an everyday and practical application of this wonderful technology.
Pockets laden with loose change? Impose ORDER on your finances with this coin sorting device. The smart thing is that it can be adapted for any currency in the world, from the mighy US dollar to the humble Thai baht. Thingiverse Download.
Perhaps you bought a cup of takeaway coffee and forgot the sleeve to protect your hands from scalding. Or maybe the prospect of filling landfills with pointless waste is putting a bad taste in your java. Either way, this collapsible, reuseable coffee sleeve has you covered. Thingiverse Download.
Phone charger cables, USB cables, HDMI cables, Thunderbolt cables, DisplayPort cables… Your desk space is covered in a spaghetti of cables, are we right? Banish the mess with this neat cable management hive. The design is stackable too, so you can extend the hive as the need arises. Thingiverse Download.
Annoyed by swinging doors in your home or office? Have weird fascination with bovines? Then this doorstop is for YOU. It’s lightweight, designed for easy placement, and simple to fabricate. Just don’t try to milk it. Thingiverse Download.
If you’re a regular user of digital cameras or 3D printers, then you’ll probably have little stacks of SD cards dotted around your workspace. Keep them neatly organized with this SD card mountain. Cults3D Download.
We’ve all been there. Trudging back home from the supermarket, laden with shopping bags. The forces of gravity are biting the plastic into your hands, amirite? NO MORE. Print off these shopping bag handles, and sore hands are a thing of the past!Thingiverse Download.
Cool Things to 3D Print #7: Jar Handle
Upcycle an empty jam jar with a 3D printed handle. What could be simpler? YouMagine Download.
The art of storing doesn’t have to be boring. The HobbKnob is a dinky little drawer knob with a label track, so that you can describe the contents of your drawers. Never misplace your socks again! Thingiverse Download.
This is a set of parametric u-hooks, which are suitable for universal use and very strong. How strong? One hook was used to hold a plastic bag full of heavy books weighing 47.4 kg. Use either the four sample hooks supplied, or adapt and modify for your own use with the supplied CAD files. Thingiverse Download.
Cool Things to 3D Print #10: Piggy Bank
Keep your loose change safe in this cutesy coin bank in the shape of an overweight pig. 3DShook Download.
Put a shelf on your power socket, so you can prop up the phone when charging. This model also has an angled slot that holds your smartphone and tablets in an upright viewing position. MyMiniFactory Download.
Cool Things to 3D Print #12: Soap Dish
An elegant soap dish for the bathroom, in two separate pieces that are washable. You can customize the inner tray with your own patterns, if you prefer. Cults3D Download.
Cool Things to 3D Print #13: Shower Head
Is bathing under a waterfall on your bucket list? The next best thing is this 3D printed shower head (probably). Thingiverse Download.
Houseplants dying from neglect? NEVER AGAIN. Print off this easy-peasy automatic plant waterer, and your conscience will remain clean. Particularly useful for kitchen herbs, where you can make them last up to a week longer by repotting in this natty device. Cults3D Download.
Have any 3D printing ideas of your own to share? Let us know in the comments!