3D printing is the process of making three dimensional objects from a computer file. The process has been used by manufacturing companies for over a decade now, as it is very useful for making parts and prototypes. It is now becoming accessible to the individual consumer. In fact, it is now possible to go out and buy your own 3D printer for a few hundred dollars.
Who wouldn’t want to? The whole process is just so cool! If you are interested in creating your own objects, here are eight useful 3D printed items that you can try around the home:
1. Coffee storage units
The K-cups for your coffee machine can be tricky to store, and using the box that you bought them in isn’t exactly the prettiest of options. Instead, you can print your own K-cup holder. Yes, it is possible to go out and buy these in a store, but it’s a lot cheaper to make your own. Not to mention, much more fun.
2. Kitchen tools
It’s not just K-cup holders, you can use your 3D printer to make a wide range of kitchen items. You can print your own bottle opener, egg destroyers, taco holders, cutlery or re-usable containers. That’s just a few ideas, because you could use a 3D printer to produce most of the small kitchen utensils that you have.
3. Phone amplifier
Have you ever placed your phone in a bowl in order to make the sound louder, so that everyone in the room can hear the music that you are playing? Well, you won’t have to do that anymore. You can print your own phone amplifier. It isn’t a speaker.
These useful 3D printed items work basically in the same way as the bowl does: catching the sound, amplifying it and sending it back out into the room. Except that this device is actually designed for this purpose and will also steadily hold your phone while amplifying your music.
Do you have lots of plants around your house? You can use your 3D printer to make the pots to put them in. These are useful 3D printed items because you will probably need many pots, in a range of sizes. With 3D-printing you will be able to get the exact numbers and sizes that you want.
Even better, you don’t have to stick to those plain boring old planters that you get at your local hardware store or gardening center. There are loads of options when it comes to 3D-printed planters: you can print the in a range of fun sizes and designs. You can even make one that is self-watering.
Somehow, in every room in the house and even at the office there is always a need for containers to put things in. Small objects accumulate and they need to be kept organised, together, etc… There’s no one-size-fits-all container for all of these purposes. That’s where 3D-printing comes in.
There are so many designs for containers that you can easily print out. And 3-D printing doesn’t mean sacrificing aesthetics. For example, there are many modular containers that you can print out. These are containers that are designed to fit together in fun patterns. Some are shaped like puzzle-pieces, others like hexagons that give a bee-hive look when assembled. Have fun looking into the possibilities and choosing those that are the perfect fit for your needs.
Yes, you can print something as large as a lamp. Though you may not be able to print the lightbulb to put inside. Lamps are a type of object that reminds us that 3D-printing is not about sacrificing aesthetics. There are many beautiful designs for lampshades or entire lamps out there. You can choose the one that best suits your decor and easily print it out.
Hangers may not be glamorous, but they are necessary. Think of every closet in your house and how many items you have hanging in each one. They are also incredibly annoying to purchase. They are large and very awkward to carry around. For such an essential and easily forgettable item, they can also be remarkably expensive.
This means that 3-D printing is a great option for getting your hangers. These are useful 3D printed items so that you don’t have to deal with lugging them around the store. This is a much cheaper way of getting them.
8. Earbud holders
Still haven’t upgraded to wireless earbuds? Finding that the wire keeps getting tangled? Or do you just have a tendency to displace your earbuds? No worries, you can print your own earbud holder. These are small but practical items that will keep the wires on your earbuds from getting tangled and provide you with a clear spot where you know that your earbuds are. There are also a bunch of colors and designs that you can choose from.