You have probably been with bombarded articles and think pieces discussing all the ways 3D printing will change the world. From fashion to car manufacturing, 3D printing is changing the way the world designs, creates, and engineers products. Yet, what about you?
If you have a 3D printer or have considered adding one to your desktop in 2019, IE is here to tell you there is plenty of ways to use a 3D printer to enhance your life; more specifically, your home. One of the hidden joys of owning a 3D printer is being able to print almost whatever you like.
Do you need some new wall hooks for a painting? Or perhaps you need a new organizer for your desk? Forget about taking a last minute trip to the store in this weather, you can 3D print these items, and much much more. So, where should you begin?
The 3D printer
Before going out to buy a new 3D printer for your home projects, you should understand 3D printing and the variety of tools and materials available on the market, because there is a lot.
In short 3D printing or, additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file.
Using some form of CAD or Computer Aided Design, users send their designs to their selected printer. The 3D printer then “prints” your lovely design layer by layer with a material called filament.
Depending on factors, like the type of filament used, the “resolution” (height of the layers) of the print, the type of printer you have, and the size of the print, the process can take a few hours or even a few days.
However, the end result is a 3D printed object that can be used for prototyping or even as a functioning product.
The process of 3D printing was something reserved for massive companies a decade ago, now you can go pick up a 3D printer for a few hundred dollars and begin printing at home. So what are you going to print?
Smart NanoLeaf Replica
Add a little color to your home, this project is a great way to create your own nano leaves. Created by Surrbradl08, the smart device behaves just as well as some of the nano leaves you may see on the market.
Breakdown Coat Hanger
Hanging up your clothes can do wonders for not only the organization of your home but also your overall look. Sure you can go out and pick up a few hangers at the store, but who wants to do that?
You can 3D print a hanger that is not only created to your specific specifications but something that looks cool for your home.
Pen and Pencil Holder
It is time to upgrade your pen and pencil holder game. By 3D printing a Pen and Pencil Holder, you can control how it looks, the size and overall design. Get organized with your own 3D printed creation.
This project will probably make your life of the party. Perfect for when you need to transport large amounts of alcohol, this durable and easy to print sixpack carrier can be created directly on your desk.
If you have not joined the Apple Airpod cult, and have not switched over to creating to wireless headphones, try 3D printing an earbud holder. No more frustrating tangled headphones.
Stackable Hex Drawers
Not only do these organizers look great, but they can be designed to fit your specific needs. The modular component of the drawer allows you to add and subtract your storage space any way you see fit.
If you have problems watering plants and don’t have a “green thumb” than this project is for you. With a few simple adjustments, you can easily print an automatic plant waterer, to keep your plants nice and healthy.
3D printing tools are far more common than you think. Due to the strength of most filaments, printed tools can be extremely durable, even more, reliable than something you might pick up at a store. So, why not 3D print a plastic wrench?
Yes, you can 3D print fabric. Great for those who enjoy a little cosplay on the weekends, want to create their own dresses. 3D printing chainmail is a great way to create unique products or gifts.
Groovi Monster Sound Amplifier
Sure you can go out and spend a few hundred on a Bluetooth speaker for your phone. However, if you have a 3D printer laying around, why not create your own sound amplifier. Printing a passive amplifier for your home is a great way to keep the party going at home.
Clips are the most underrated little tools you can have around the home. Clips are a versatile and great way to keep things together around your home. With your own printer, you can easily print dozens of clips.
Designed by PrintFutura, this little stackable garden is a great way to add a little green your desk. Perfect for growing succulents, the planter is easy to 3D print and modular for when you what you add more plants to your mini garden.
Hopefully, you will never be a castaway like Tom Hanks. Yet, if you are currently working on a survival pack, just in case, then perhaps it is time to 3D print a survival whistle. Though small in size, this whistle can register at 188 decibels. Someone is sure to hear from you then.
3D printers are great for your own specific projects or inventions, allowing you to print your own pieces rather than scour the web. This parametric hinge is perfect if you need something strong and versatile for your own inventions.
No more paper towel drying. 3D print the cutlery drainer that you have always dreamed about, without having to venture off to IKEA. Great for knives and forks, some have even extended the cutlery drainer to include plates and small dishes.
Bottle openers are never around when you need them. 3D print as many as you like with your own 3D printer, in any color that you like. Most filaments are durable enough to easily pop open a cold brew.
Step Box Step
You can never have too many organizers, so why not 3D print them? The beauty of 3D printing organizers is that you tailor the design parameters to fit your mess and to reduce any miscellaneous clutter.
What useful things have you 3D printed for your home? Leave your examples in the comments below.