If you have been paying enough attention by now, you should’ve realized that 3D printing is no longer a futuristic invention.
It has penetrated every industry. 3D printers can now be found in homes, offices, universities, and companies. This is why websites like Roborefuge
, All3DP, and more are popping up. 3D printing is a growing trend projected to grow exponentially these next decades..
Wherever they’re found, 3D printers can be used for manufacturing a wide range of items – from toys, replacement parts, edible food, organs, and tissues.
Inspired by the cheap and easy prototyping that 3D printers make possible, more people are using it to create cool and useful things.
Things You Can Make with A 3D Printer
Below are 10 cool things you can create with a 3D printer:
● Coffee Cups
Making these espresso coffee cups is both exciting and cool. Moreover, the cups created are solid and can be used in homes or offices. You will need Glazed ceramics as the raw material as well as a period of about 24 hours to create a cup.
● Electric Violin
Perhaps you have a passion for music as well as musical instruments. You can put this passion into gainful employment by creating a catchy, yet fully-functional violin. The raw material for this item is a resin which is heated using a laser until it melts completely.
A hand-drawn model is fed into the computer before the creation begins. Once complete, post-printing treatments such as deburring, cleaning, blowing, and UV polymerization follow immediately.
● Item Stands/Holders
Customization is a concept that is very common with 3D printing. It’s possible to customize any item we want. The items can serve as both beautiful art pieces and useful wares around the house and offices.
Some items that you can easily create are iPad stands, or a Darth Vader pen holder with the dark overlord on one kneel offering you a pen.
● Gear Wraps
This is an easy item to create and is especially useful if you detest the idea of always untangling cables time and time again. Using the plastic known as Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), you can create these gear wraps in various colors and keep your phone cords neatly organized.
You can also use your kid’s drawing to create beautiful sculptures in the form of figurines which you can then use as decoration for your desk at home, or in the office.
While many of the things created with 3D printers can be used as both decoration and household items, others can be eaten as food.
Edible waxes are usually the raw material of choice for such creation and you can choose to print them in various flavors including chocolate, vanilla, mint, cherry, and watermelon.
● Hanging Lights
You can also create a ceiling light fixture or a standing lamp for your table using 3D printers.
The process which usually involves the use of raw materials such as glasses, metals, and even ceramic can result in the creation of an item that can serve as both an eye-catching piece of art, and a functioning home electrical appliance.
● A Kaleidoscope Clock
3D printers can be used to create wall clocks in two parts: one part serving as the clock surface with numbers, while the other serves as the background design. To make this, you’ll be needing white nylon plastic, matte, and the Kaleidoscope clock kit.
Not only does the clock work accurately, but it will also make a fine piece of interior decoration.
● Fancy Bikini
3D printing could be the future of many things including clothing. And one of the clothes you can easily make with a 3D printer is a high-tech bikini. Made from Nylon, it’s known to be very flexible, strong, and waterproof, and serves as a very comfortable swimwear, especially when you dip it in water.
● A Rigid Heddle Loom
If your life-long dream has been to own a weaving machine, then you can get creative and produce one using a 3D printer.
You will be needing some plastic raw material as well as an openSCAD model for this to work. And once the process is complete, you’ll also need some screws to put everything together.
From all indications, 3D printers are here to stay. They are also limitless in their capabilities and revolutionary in how they work.
There is no end to what you can make. Go ahead and test that new 3D printer with any of the cool things we have described above.