55 Useful, Cool Things To 3D Print: Best 3D Printing Ideas & Projects

What to 3D print? Are you looking for cool 3D printing ideas you can make at home? Are you aware of the wonders that this little machine can do for you?

3D printing is a powerful technology. It allows you to bring to life anything you have in mind. With 3D printing technology, you can now see, hold and feel whatever is in your imagination.

For those looking for 3D printing ideas, this page is for you! Continue reading to explore and get brilliant ideas on what you should 3D print.

Cool things to 3D print

Beginners often wonder what things to 3D print. I’m here to help, so I’m giving you a list of the smart and cool things to 3D print that will surely be helpful to you!

For those new to 3D printing and are eager to 3D print their first project you can start with the small stuff and work your way up. However, let me remind you – the ability of your 3D printer could limit the things you can 3D print.

Anyway, since this page is about 3D printing ideas, let’s focus on the cool things to 3D print that will be beneficial to you and your household. So, let’s get started!

#1 Measuring Spoons

Let’s start your list of 3D printing ideas in the kitchen! If you love baking or cooking you would never run out of measuring spoons because you can 3D print it. If you know someone who loves to experiment in the kitchen for a new recipe, you can customize these measuring spoons and givgift to them as a present.

Measuring Spoons#2 Bookmarks/Paper Clips

Looking for 3D printing ideas for possible giveaways? No problem, you can 3D print party favors for an upcoming event. For instance, you can easily produce 3D printed customizable bookmarks or paper clips. The 3D printer project I just shared works both as a bookmark or paper clip. Thus, this is definitely one of the cool things to 3D print.

Bookmarks Paper Clips#3 Desk Paper Tray and Organizer

This is one of my favorite 3D printing ideas because I love office supplies. Are you dealing with lots of paperwork in the office? Or do you have lots of notes from school and need an organizer for it? This DIY project, a 3D printed desk paper tray will be a good addition to your working space. It has three different trays. One for general purpose, another for pens, clips, and coins the third one for visit cards.

Desk Paper Tray and Organizer#4 Water Diverter

Other useful things to 3D print is a water diverter. This water diverter fits a tap aerator with a diameter of 23.5mm. It has an annular manifold that prevents the aerator from choking and keeps it working smoothly for a steady aerated stream.

Water Diverter#5 Rigid Heddle Loom 

Rigid Heddle Loom If you love weaving fabrics, you can 3D print a rigid heddle loom. One user already did it using a 3D printer and some raw plastic materials. The user used a screw to keep the whole thing.

The creator used an openSCAD, a 3D modeller program to design it. For those who love weaving, 3D printing a rigid heddle loom will be useful for sure.

#6 Guitars

If you love music, in particular, guitar, I’m pleased to inform you that you can also 3D print it. Whether it’s acoustic guitars or electric guitar, it is possible with 3D printing. In fact, creating guitars with 3D printing is cheaper, easier and more convenient.

Musical instruments are among the cool things to 3D print. For musicians looking for 3D printing ideas, I encourage you to try 3D printing your favorite instrument. After all, is there something cooler than a 3D printed musical instrument like guitar?

Guitars

“Typically, musical instruments produce prototypes using wood or metal, which is understandable but can be costly, time consuming, and leave room for error. 3D printing prototyping allows for greater control and the ability to quickly make miniscule or significant changes that are perfectly accurate. This process can eliminate countless hours of trial and error while reducing production costs and generating a quality model,” said 3D Printing Solutions Australia’s CEO Michael Tyson

#7 Hand-made camera lens

Hand-made camera lensCameras are among the most popular devices today. In fact, most, if not all, own one. If you love photography, 3D printing your own camera lens is possible.

One did it using acrylic to replace the glass on the lens and other tools to combine the small parts together. The great thing, it works!

You can also 3D print a camera slider. Feel free to try it if you need one!

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#8 Dress

Some other cool things to 3D print are uniquely designed outfits that you can easily customize. If you are a fashion designer and a 3D print enthusiast looking for 3D printing ideas, you can merge your two passions!

Yes, 3D printing is also used in fashion and design! In fact, several dresses and costumes were developed using the technology. There’s a 3D printed swimsuit, a 3D printed helmet, 3D printed dress, name it, almost every wearable can be 3D printed.Dress

3D printing costumes are quicker and cheaper. Also, it can accommodate complex architecture with intricate designs. Plus, customizing it according to the wearer’s size is convenient.

#9 Shoes

Finding the best shoes could sometimes be a struggle because most items are mass-produced, meaning it does not cater to your specific needs. Also, your left foot may not be of the same size as your right foot. So, finding the best shoes that fit both of your feet perfectly is very unlikely.Shoes

However, it’s a different thing when it comes to 3D printing because the computer will create an accurate 3D model of your feet combined with the details of your height, weight and activities to personalize the shoes for you.

A pair of 3D printed shoes are customized to fit perfectly for you. So, if you are into shoes and you are looking for 3D printing ideas, then consider 3D printing your next sneakers.

#10 Medical Models

Medical Models3D printing is a great option to teach human anatomy and inject realism into surgery practice without using cadavers. 3D printing models are accurate and surgeons can use it to plan surgery and practice before getting a real patient under the knife.

So, if you need any medical models be it, heart, lungs, eyes, or ears consider 3D printing it. In fact, the scientists at Tel Aviv University have 3D printed a small heart using human tissue that includes vessels, collagen and biological molecules. Everything is possible with 3D printing.

#11 Cases

One of the most common but useful 3D printing ideas is phone cases. If you love changing your phone case from time to time, you can easily 3D print one. Gyrobot shared a file where she customized the case of her daughter’s iPhone 4 by adding her classmates’ names on it.

This is a smart way to add a personal touch to your phone case. So, the next time you want a new one, I suggest that you create a 3D printed phone case and personalize it. A 3D printed phone case also makes a great present.

Cases#12 Card Holders

Card HoldersIf you want a business card holder, you can 3D print it because almost everything can be 3D printed, so before you buy a new item, search for STL files first if you have a 3D printer, so you can use its magic to get what you need.

For cardholders, you can find a variety of styles and designs online. If you are good at designing, you can create one according to your preference.

#13 Organizers

Organizers3D printing is also helpful in keeping you organized. If you just place any item on your desk, finding what you need would be a struggle. So, you need a place for your scissors, pens, glue, cards, paper, sticky notes, tapes, and any office supply.

In short, you need a desktop organizer. There are many 3D printing ideas when it comes to creating a 3D printed organizer. You can look for a 3D model that suits your needs online.

Actually, this is one of the most enjoyable things to 3D print for me because there are many designs online. As I mentioned, I love office supplies. I came across small 3D printed organizers for cards and notepads, others can only hold pens and there are large ones that can store all of your items from pens, papers, scissors and more!

#14 Tableware

If you wish to have a 3D printed tableware that is doable. 3D printing is capable of producing unique, elegant and durable cups, glasses, plates, dinnerware and more.

Tableware#15 Toys

Kids can also enjoy 3D printing because it can produce 3D printed toys. In fact, Mattel unveiled a $300 3D printer, called “Thing Maker” that allows children to 3D print their own toys. The device works in conjunction with a 3D printing app that is developed in collaboration with Autodesk. With the app, children can design the items they want to play.

Toys

The app is called ThingMakerDesign. It comes with a variety of built-in character templates and easy tutorials to help beginners get started with 3D printing. It also encourages children to explore their creativity by allowing them to design from scratch. The toys can be customized with different colors and textures. They also bend or twist.

The design can be saved to the device or be uploaded to Google Drive or Dropbox. Then the app will let you export the STL print files wirelessly to your at-home printer. Kids can also create and assemble the printed parts to form dolls, robots, dinosaurs and more.

Toys are great printing projects for kids. 3D printing is also a good solution if you want to produce and replace a missing or dysfunctional part like a robot arm.

#16 Scissors

If you got your scissors broke and you need one immediately to finish a project but can’t buy one because it’s already late and the stores are close, no problem. Just print one conveniently at home. 3D printing a pair of 3D printed scissors that work is so cool. I tried it and it was pure joy!

Scissors#17 Pliers

3D printed tools are very popular. These 3D printed pliers are easy to print and moderately strong. You can design your tool and choose from needle nose with jaw teeth, needle nose with no teeth, blunt nose with jaw teeth or blunt nose with smooth jaws.

Pliers#18 Screwdriver

If your collection of hand tools lacks this one, you do not need to buy it. Just look for a 3D printing model and 3D print it. Here’s a 3D printed flathead screwdriver file for you.

Screwdriver#19 Wrench

Again, 3D printed tools are easy to create. If you need a wrench no matter what size it is, you can easily print one. Barspin has successfully designed several variations, so start 3D printing to complete your collection of 3D printed wrench.

Wrench

#20 Swiss knife

If you love survival tools, then this section is for you. Swiss knife, a versatile tool, can be a life-saver and you can 3D print it. Check out Stephan Albert’s file here to get your own 3D printed portable swiss pocket knife. You have to pay for the file, but the price is minimal compared to buying an actual Swiss knife.

Swiss knife#21 3D Printed Records

One of the coolest 3D printer projects you can create is this. You can convert your audio files into 3D printed records and listen to it on any record player.

3D Printed Records#22 Stamps

StampsIf you’re a huge fan of stamps, you can easily customize its design if you have a 3D printer. Just draw your model in a vector graphics software, edit it in Blender to add a backing plate and make it three-dimensional.

After that export it in STL file. Print the stamp and print a stamp handle. Then, you have your 3D printed stamp and you can now start stamping!

#23 Violin

One of my favorite 3D printing ideas is 3D printed violin. This musical instrument is very expensive, but you can own one if you have a 3D printer. F-F-Fiddle is the first to create a full-size electric violin at home. Investing in one is just worth the money as this really sounds good.

Another user created his own version, ElViolin, by improving it. Check it out below and you will love fall in love with it.

Violin#24 Cutlery

3D printed projects also include silverware. So, if you need spoons, forks or knives and you want to show your creativity, then 3D print your own cutlery. Here’s a great example from Jame Kyttaten’s “Ice Breakers”. 3D printed silverware is beautiful and customizable!

Cutlery#25 Water container

You can 3D print your own water bottle or jug for personal or home use. So, if you need one and you have a 3D printer start printing today. By doing so, you’ll get to design your bottle and satisfy yourself with your art. Also, 3D printed water containers are great gift ideas and very easy to personalize!.

Water container#26 Survival Whistle

The power of 3D printers can save a life. So, you should include a survival whistle in your list of 3D printer projects as it is very helpful in times of emergencies. A 3D printed whistle is durable and it produces a loud sound. I created one and I must say, it really served its purpose. If you don’t have whistles at home, 3D print many and give each family member one. Whistles are among the life-saving tools that you should keep handy all the time.

Survival Whistle

#27 Salt and Pepper Shakers

If you’re fond of cute and artistic items for your kitchen, don’t settle on what you just see in the grocery. You can 3D print matching salt and pepper shakers just like this. These 3D printed salt and pepper shakers will be a great addition to your dining table while you enjoy your meal.

Salt and Pepper Shakers

#28 Spare Key

One of the most difficult things to deal with is forgetting your keys. It’s both frustrating and irritating. So, create a spare key using your 3D printer and always take it with you. Make sure to place it into something you always bring with. 3D printed keys look like plastic toys, but mind you, they work!

Spare Key#29 Turbine water saver

Want to create a useful household 3D printer project? Then this should definitely make it into your list. A turbine water saver will help you save on your water bills as the little turbine delivers a neat sprinkler effect while dispersing water in a wide arc so you can wash your hands or dishes more quickly.

Turbine water saver#30 Cameras

This item is a necessity today perhaps due to the rising popularity of social media. If you want a unique camera, your 3D printer can help you create one. There are already a lot of functional 3D printed cameras. But, the process is a bit demanding as you need to smoothen the item and assemble it. The most challenging part would be printing the lens, but it will be worth it once you finish this 3D printer project.

Cameras#31 Screwdriver holder

As mentioned above, a screwdriver is among the tools that you can 3D print. If you have enough screwdrivers, you can also print a holder for pegboard. You can download the file here. The 3D printed handle will be very helpful for you and pretty sure, you will love it.

Screwdriver holder#32 Parametric Hinges

Hinges are useful whenever you are creating something that involves door or covering. You can include hinges in your 3D printer projects and start customizing it. Here’s an example of a 3D printed hinge check it out.

Parametric Hinges#33 Bottle Opener

Bottle openers are very handy and helpful during gatherings and parties. So, make sure that you always have one wherever you are. If you’re still looking for one, you can 3D print it because it is one of the easiest things to 3D print. You can download the 3D printed bottle opener file here.

Bottle Opener#34 Sliding style bag clip

There are times when you just can’t finish the content of your favorite chips or have to seal your bag of cereal or frozen vegetables, but you don’t have the appropriate material to do so. So, 3D print a sliding bag clip because this will surely be one of the kitchen gadgets that you will use more often. If you are interested, check out the 3D printed bag file here.

Sliding style bag clip#35 Wall Outlet Shelf

Have you experienced charging your phone on the wall and placing it on the floor because the socket was too far from a table or chair? If your colleagues won’t see your mobile phone they might accidentally step on it and broke it.

So, get yourself this wall outlet shelf to keep your gadget safe. You can download the 3D printed file here.

Wall Outlet Shelf#36 Stackable Batter Storage

Keep your batteries in place using this storage. This 3D printed stackable battery holder can easily be wall-mounted using two screws or it can sit beautifully on your table. It only has three parts, so you can easily assemble the printed parts. Each part is friction fit to ensure a tight and permanent lock.

Stackable Batter Storage#37 Secret Shelf

I’m pretty sure this will become one of your favorite 3D printing ideas after reading this section. Do you feel the need to have your own secret storage at home where you can hide your extra money or very important documents? If you do, you will find this 3D printed secret shelf very useful. No one will suspect that there is something hidden in this beautiful design, so you can safely keep your cards and money in there.

Secret Shelf#38 Amplifier

If you need an amplifier for your phone, you don’t need to buy one because you can create it if you have a 3D printer. Cults have a free file for a 3D printed amplifier that you can download and print. The project only takes 6 to 10 hours to finish.

Amplifier#39 Wheelchair Ramp

For those who are using a wheelchair or if you know one who does, this 3D printer project will be helpful for you and them. This is designed to help a wheelchair user overcome a step in front of a building, shop, cafe or bar. You can check out the file here and do the necessary changes that you think can improve the design and make it more efficient.

Wheelchair Ramp#40 Coaster

If you love to add new colorful items in your kitchen, better include these 3D printed multi-color citrus coasters on your 3D printer projects. These coasters will surely add a pop of color to your table and your children will surely love these, too.

Coaster#41 Egg Separator

Having trouble separating the egg yolk from the egg white? Well, this shouldn’t bother you anymore because you can easily create an egg separator using your 3D printer. Download the file egg separator 3D printed file here.

Egg Separator#42 Prosthetics

One of the most useful outputs that you can produce from a 3D printer is prosthetics. 3D printed prosthetics are beneficial for individuals with disabilities. Here’s an example if you want to 3D print a

Prosthetics#43 Cable Holder

Keep your cables in place to keep things on your table in order. After all, you don’t want to see lots of wires on your working station. If you are among those who badly need to organize the cables on your table then 3D print your own cable holder. This 3D printer project, a 3D printed cable holder, will surely be beneficial to you.Cable Holder

#44 SD Card Case

If you have a bunch of memory cards, you’ve got to keep them in good storage to ensure that you won’t lose any of it. One 3D printer enthusiast shares this SD card case with 25 slots making it spacious enough to keep your SD cards safe and organize.

SD Card Case#45 Slim Wallet

Not everyone is fond of bringing their wallets whenever they step out because it’s too heavy or bulky. If you’re experiencing the same, this 3D printed slim wallet is the answer. Download the file and create one for yourself.

Slim Wallet#46 Toilet Paper Holder

If you have a stock of toilet paper in your bathroom and you’re tired of filing them up in their usual position, then get creative! Here’s an artistic toilet paper holder that will not only serve its purpose but add beauty in your restroom, too.

 Toilet Paper Holder

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#47 Cellular Lamp

If you are looking for a unique addition to your home, this Cellular Lamp will surely impress you. This is designed as a big cellular and works as a lampshade for an LED light or as a sculpture.

Cellular Lamp#48 Food

While it may sound unappealing to 3D print a food, you will definitely change your perspective if you see how a 3D printer operates to create pizza, ice cream or candies. In fact, 3D printed foods have a more strategic advantage because they do not contribute to global warming and global dilemmas of low natural resources.

FoodChloe Rutzerveldd, a Dutch industrial design student comes up with something healthy to consume from a 3D printer in her Edible Growth project. The project applies the benefits of additive manufacturing in food production. It is an example of a high-tech but fully natural, healthy and sustainable food, which is achieved by combining natural growth, technology and design.

Meanwhile, Foodini is working on a food 3D printer that could be the next microwave in the future. At the time, the technology is limited to foods that can be made into a paste like chocolate, frosting, dough or hummus. But Natural Machines co-founder Lynette Kucsma is positive that the food printing kitchen appliance will be as ubiquitous as the microwave oven.

#49 A Working Gun

A Working Gun
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Guns are expensive, but if you feel that you need one for self-defense, 3D printing a gun is possible. With regards to the legalities of 3D printing a gun, the Gun Control Act of 1968 mandated that anyone who engaged in the business of dealing firearms must be licensed by the federal government. In addition, firearm dealers must perform a background check for their prospective buyers and maintain records for all sales. 

The act does not prohibit any individual from making a gun for personal use. A non-licensed person may make a firearm, provided that it is not for sale and that he is not prohibited from possessing one (felon convicts). On the other hand, Federal law imposes no restrictions on non-licensed possessors. Thus, if you 3D print a gun, you do not need to register it or go through a background check.

#50 Buildings

BuildingsYes, 3D printers can also make buildings. A Chinese company constructed two buildings with the use of a 3D printer. They used recycled industrial waste for their material.

The company’s printers were 6.6 meters tall and the ink was a mixture of cement and glass fiber. The said printers can manufacture buildings up to 12 stories tall.

One was a 1100-square-meter villa and the other a six-story residential block. It might not sound appealing to live in, but the Chinese company said that the buildings were safe to occupy.

#51 Car

CarAre you wondering if you can 3D print your own car? If you do, the answer is a resounding “yes”!

The first 3D printed car, Urbee was created in 2011. Local Motors is also making its own. In fact, they are developing a 3D-printed car that exceeds the FMVSS standards by 2017. They have worked with other companies to create a simple and smart car. Their 3D printed cars are also sustainable with vehicle emissions of only half the equation.

#52 Gensole

If you are uncomfortable with your footwear, you can 3D print an insole and put it inside your shoes. Gensole is a form-fitting insole that matches the scan of your foot and it’s adjustable to have the best fit inside your shoes.

Gensole#53 Chip Bowl

If you love to party with your friends or hang out at home while sharing a bottle of beer, this 3D printed chip bowl is a must-have. With this, you don’t need to hold a plate in one hand and the bottle of beer on your other hand because that’s not fun. Check out this cool 3D printer project and start 3D printing it for your next event. Pretty sure, your guests will love it.

Chip Bowl#54 Electric Coffee Maker

What other cool things to 3D print? If you are a coffee lover, I’m pleased to tell you that you can actually 3D print a coffee maker.

The process is not easy, but if you are willing to create a more complicated 3D printer project, then you should try this Electric Coffee Maker. A 3D printed coffee maker works like a regular coffee maker and is perfect if you love to start your day with a cup of coffee.

Electric Coffee Maker#55 High-Power Electric Unicycle

If you love adventures and you’re ready to get your hands on in assembling your own 3D printed high-power electric unicycle, you can do so. Matias Eertola already did it and you can access his files and modify it if necessary. Try to 3D print it and you will surely love it!

High-Power Electric UnicycleTake Away

With 3D printing, you can do almost anything. You can 3D print your basic needs – food, clothing, and shelter to your wants, toys, fashionable shoes and more. If you own a 3D printer, there are tons of cool things to 3D print. In fact, you will never run out of idea because you can bring to life anything you have in mind.

I hope the 3D printing project ideas above answer your question about “what to print with a 3D printer?” If you want to enjoy the best in life, try 3D printing and you will surely love it. Start working on the 3D printer projects above because they are cool things to 3D print.

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