In this article you will learn about 50 (sometimes more sometimes less) useful things that can be made with a 3D printer. For a better overview we have divided them into categories.
Please be sure to print models that will come into direct contact with food, preferably with food grade filament.
If your partner likes to drink coffee, you can make him/her a nice surprise with this nice message.
However, the designer faberdasher has also uploaded other motifs that may be interesting for Star Wars fans, for example.
First own place?
That's when most of us finally start using coasters 😉 If you want to show whose home people have entered, why not print out these customizable coasters.
PS: If you're having a party and the guest list is set in stone, you can print each guest their coaster. So everyone knows who owns which glass 😉
Babybel cheese roll dispenser
Ba-Ba-… Does the melody of the Babybel jingle also come to mind?
How about this practical Babybell cheese roll dispenser for lovers of the little treats?
This way you can also see directly if supplies are needed.
Measuring cup for CUP unit of measure – Several CUP sizes in 1
Recreating American recipes is sometimes not as easy as you might think. In diets such as the Atkins diet, the unit of measurement “cup” is often used, even in German-language sources on this subject.
With this handy cube, you can easily measure not only CUP but also TBSP (Tablespoon-Eating Spoon) TSP (Teaspoon-Teaspoon).
If you like your drinks sweeter, this sugar dispenser is for you. Simply slide the cup underneath and then let the sugar rain down on it. It is also possible to use other spices, etc.
Bag clips with teeth
Clips of this kind are probably the first little helpers whose loss is noticed in the kitchen: “Somewhere I still had one lying around”.
Don't worry about it anymore. Print several of these clips and give them to friends and family as gifts, because they also miss them from time to time.
Smart bottle opener – Usable with one hand!
Gone are the days when you had to open beer bottles at parties with your teeth or your eye socket. Why not use this handy bottle opener that can be used with one hand.
Holding your own drink in one hand and helping the other party guests with the other: Multitasking 2.0
Elegant wine bottle holder
Have you become a true wine connoisseur over time? But you still don't know how to present your best wine?
Just look at this elegant wine bottle holder. Printed in a color to match your decor, you'll get an “Ahhh, ohhh, wow!” or two.
Cutlery dryer swing
Handy for the small kitchen and short dishwashing jobs. Not everything has to go in the dishwasher right away. If you wax your cutlery by hand, you can place it in the cutlery dryer swing.
At the bottom, the remaining water flows off, accelerating the drying process. Moreover, this 3D model really rocks!
Nutcracker from 3D printer
Sometimes you would like to eat certain things or prepare dishes again. Every now and then, however, the right “tool” is missing at exactly the right time.
This nutcracker not only looks cool. The thick screw also illustrates your love for technology, DIY and also 3D printing. In addition, you can show on the thread that your 3D printer can also do “something like that”.
Toilet brush – Yes, read correctly! 🙂
Here we were so surprised ourselves that this had to go to the top of the bathroom category. The brush is printed in the same way as other “Hairy” 3D models, which have spread very quickly over the last year.
Gun magazine for tampons
SexyCyborg Naomi Wu often crafts things that are practical and a bit whimsical at the same time. This gun magazine for tampons is one of them. But, this way everything stays in place and doesn't spread around in your purse. May be whimsical, but as I said is also very practical 🙂
Genius idea for the nerd woman of today.
Is your bathroom door still missing a sign? Robo3D has designed something for you. We also really like the color in the picture 😉
Tube squeezer/tube press in animal shape
They sell like hotcakes!
This is also the reason why there is no separate photo for this, although they are printed very often. When visitors come, 2-3 per visitor are given away directly and then it takes some time again until you feel the loss:
Namely, when the toothpaste tube no longer wants to give it all out.
So: Print more than actually necessary!
Toothbrush holder in the shape of a tooth “The Big Tooth
Why do toothbrushes have to be stored in regular jars or cups? So how about waiting in their best friends – the teeth?
This model is suitable for up to four toothbrushes.
Stylish Soap Holder “Cloudy Soap Holder
A soap dish that can be seen. Printed in the color of your choice and matching your bathroom, you can use this to set the right accents.
This boat includes lots of details and if you print it right, it can even float. Meanwhile, some makers also prefer to use this model as a test object as opposed to the Benchy.
Toilet paper roll holder for medieval fans 😉
“Mi lady, her castle is built” – This won't win your partner's heart right away, but at least you can get your act together by acting like a noble knight and giving her a flower.
This toilet roll holder can certainly withstand quite a bit, such as…. (Let's leave it 😉 )
Toilet paper roll holder for Star Wars or Lego fans
Come to the dark side of the Force! The Lego Stormtrooper will serve you well by holding your toilet rolls. Very commendable!
Beard shaving template
Right side shaved – Top!
Left side shaved – Top!
Something is wrong. The right side is lower than the left.
Edit left side again a bit. Yeah!
So that one (s) finally has a perfect shave, this template was developed in the laboratories of great scientists.
Have fun with it!
SplashLIGHT – lamp in the form of spilling liquid
When a wine bottle tips over, it's actually not that great. Especially if the content is red wine.
However, there is also the possibility to enjoy this moment anyway. Namely, when it is hinted at and the whole thing is still nicely lit.
Elegant Voronoi lamp
Good old Георгий Феодосьевич Вороной** has done a lot for mathematics and 3D printing enthusiasts around the world know his name.
This lamp is not only beautiful, but also very important for the history of mathematics.
** Georgy Feodosyevich Voronoi (Visit Wikipedia for more info)
Brain lamp for poets and thinkers
We are considered the land of poets and thinkers. Sometimes you wish more people would remember that.
Here's a way to wave the symbolic fence post in brain form. Printed in the right color and with the right light, this just looks great.
Distribute more brains!
Not everything has to be available stationary in 3D printing. There are more and more designs that specialize in mobile use.
This wireless lamp, on the other hand, combines both. You can charge and use it stationary and when you need to go to the dark corner of your apartment, for example, where you are often afraid, you just take this lamp with you without having to play around with a cable.
Wall shelf for small notes etc.
If you have magazines or small notebooks, etc. lying around in your living room, you can put them in this tray and keep them a little more organized.
100% 3D Printable Chair
For a small 3D printer kit or 3D printer, this is certainly the best idea. But with a larger variant like the CR10, you can already assume that you can sit on it without feeling like you're in Lilliputland.
There is also an upgrade on the download page: a backrest. But we would not necessarily be stingy with the filament 😉
LED Chair – Super for Parties
If you want to offer your guests something unusual at the next party besides the usual drinks and nibbles, this LED chair from adafruit is certainly worth considering.
Besides the free model, you'll need some electronics and wood. Then it can also start.
Rainbow “bowl” for sweets
This bowl is sure to catch the eye! But if you're not into rainbow colors, you can print each ring in your favorite color, or for the next soccer party, in your team's colors.
Atomic mushroom lamp
This atomic mushroom has been around for ages and still shows up in the various Instragram feeds, etc. That's because it just looks super. After all, we are not bound to print it in white.
How about printing this mushroom in Glow-In-The-Dark filament? Then the still glows when the lamp inside is already off.
Albert Einstein bust for fans of the theory of relativity
If you like it a little nerdy, print out a bust of a genius and put it on your windowsill or on your desk in the office. This is also just an example with Albert Einstein, because besides him, almost all the great minds of mankind are available for free download as 3D print templates.
In the garden area, you can let off steam with a 3D printer without losing sight of the benefits. There are the most diverse types of plants with different requirements and forms. There is something for every plant and incident. Here is threedom selection of useful things for the garden area:
Plant support from 3D printer
Many a young plant will bend over time if not supported because the stem does not yet have the strength to support the weight of the plant.
With this plant support it is possible to support young plants in their growth. Printed in the desired colors, they then also fit super in the colors of your own four walls.
Polygon Growing Pot (Stackable) “Plantygon
Are you into geometric shapes? Since you're into plants, you'll love this grow pot! These polygons not only look very good, they can be stacked, giving you the opportunity to create a small wall of young plants that you can admire every day.
Growing pot in terrace shape – Incl. Irrigation system
Another variant of a growing pot has been published by designer ratherwok on thingiverse. This is in the form of a terrace and also has an irrigation system. At the top, the water comes in and it slowly flows down the steps, then watering the seedlings.
In fact, in a garden should never be missing the sound of water splashing. Here, the designer jelson has created a Japanese fountain, for which you will of course need some electronic parts in addition to the free STL data.
But after the successful assembly, you can relax and think up new ideas while listening to the splashing water.
Flexible mini polygon shape greenhouse with matching pot
In our country, the weather is not always top for growing certain types of plants. With this mini greenhouse in polygon shape, you can now grow your favorite plants from far away in Europe on your own windowsill.
If you print and use several of these, I'm sure they'll all look like a small Martian colony together.
Bees die unfortunately in large quantities and, that we have a share in it, is sufficiently known. However, we can also do something good and provide the bees, for example, the bee house.
Maybe this is just a small drop in the bucket, but the more that join in, the better 🙂
Use water bottle as watering can – With this upgrade
One-way deposits may be a pain. Especially when you have five bags full and have to take them to the supermarket, where the deposit machine tends to go on strike. However, it is also possible to give a new meaning to old water bottles.
With this template for your 3D printer you can print an attachment that turns a normal water bottle into a watering can. This is a good idea in the field of upcycling.
Stone Age Minion Planter Pot
How long have the Minions actually been around? Somehow it's hard to imagine our lives without them, those little yellow Tic Tacs on LSD. Here the designer bordes pages yoann has published on MyMiniFactory a design with which the Minions penetrate even further into our lives: In the form of a plant top. In the style of a Stone Age Minion.
Why should people live in designer homes and animals not?
Maybe reg taylor thought so too and designed this stylish birdhouse. Printed in striking colors, several of these houses in the garden can certainly become an eye-catcher, not only for the birds.
2 liters aquaponics system
A small ecosystem in a 2 liter bottle. Aquaponics can certainly be explained in this way in an oversimplified way.
In the lower part of the bottle live small fish. Their excrement absorbs the plant and is thus supplied with nutrients.
Normally, these systems are much larger and require more effort. Therefore, this is perhaps the opportunity to try a new hobby with this free model.
Learn more about aquaponics on Wikipedia
Pineapple pen holder
Order must be!
With this chic pen holder in pineapple design, you can keep your desk tidy and at the same time show that you're way ahead in terms of design.
Desk Set “Keep It Simple
Agustin is known for its minimalist designs, which is precisely why they have a lot of fans. In this case, too, he has saved on everything, which is too much in his eyes. The result is this desk set with the meaningful name “Keep it simple”.
Yes, sometimes the simple is the right way after all.
In this age of smartphones, tablets, phablets, etc., many of us own multiple devices that need charging. Over time, the connections change and so it happens that there are three different cables lying around on the desk.
These fall off the table just when you want to grab them. That is why these cable holders are perfect. You can stick it to a corner of your desk with double-sided tape and hang your cables in there.
Letter board from 3D printer
With normal letter boards it sometimes happens that some letters are not supplied often enough. With this variant, you now have everything in your own hands. You can 3D print as many letters as you like with the free downloadable models.
Of course, these do not have to be printed in white. So here you can still give free rein to your creativity.
Desk trash can with lid
We have become accustomed to simply letting unwanted files and folders disappear into the virtual trash.
Now we can do the same with real paper and small parts on the desk. Lid up, trash in, lid closed – done!
Desk set – minimalist and stylish
Another desk set, but this time with a little more rough edges. You have the option here to print a pen tray as well as a magnetic paper clip tray in addition to a Tesa dispenser.
Office lifesavers – Who comes from behind?
Shopping online at work or watching the latest cat videos on YouTube without getting caught? With this “office life saver” you can now see what's happening behind you.
Can you see the boss? Quickly open Word and work 😉
Office status traffic light – Am I responsive?
Every now and then you have your days.
All you really want is to be left alone.
But: everyone from the office keeps talking to you.
Now you can show your work colleagues that you are not feeling well or that you just want to be left alone to do your work.
Is the traffic light on green? Only then will you be responsive.
Hand dispenser for adhesive film like Tesa
Are normal Tesa dispensers too boring for you?
Then how about the 3D model of a hand dispenser for parcel tape, which was adapted to Tesamfilm and Co.
Business card box
Business card cases very often look boring. Hopefully we can agree on that. Stand out from the crowd with this business card box from ysoft be3d on thingiverse.
Stand for hot glue guns (7mm)
Hot glue guns. Who doesn't have one?
Unfortunately, they always come with a metal stand that is far too small. Most of the time, you put the gun on its side anyway.
With this stand from niki m on thingiverse this is a thing of the past.
Very very useful!
Stackable battery dispensers with matching labeling
In the household there are several types of batteries:
- The old ones, for which somehow there are never proper containers.
- The new ones that you can't find just when you need them and
- the lost batteries, which are not found until the next move.
For the first two cases, these battery dispensers are perfect. They are quasi-labeled and, if desired, the dispensers of new batteries could be separated by color from those for old batteries.
This way you always have all the batteries together.
Complete table tennis set
With this complete table tennis set you can provide for upcoming parties. Just print out several sets and collect all the tables together. Already nothing stands in the way of the table tennis tournament in your own four walls.
Clamp for table tennis nets
If the net holder on your table tennis table is broken or you want to play table tennis on any tables on the go, then you can print this clamp for table tennis nets and simply store the net rolled and transport it in the car, for example.
Water and Banana Holder for Cyclists “NanaBotCage™”
“That's a great idea!” – Said a cyclist friend to whom I showed the photo.
Subsequently, this holder for a water bottle and two bananas of course had to show up here with.
Coffee cup holder for bikes
If you'd rather carry coffee on your bike instead of a water bottle – and drink it while you ride – you'll want to download the free template for this coffee cup holder.
Then attached to the bike, you can always refuel more power during the ride if you want.
Very cleverly done!
4×4 Puzzle Cube – To pass the time
Passing time can also be useful. For example, when you wait two hours in a doctor's waiting room….
For example, this 4 x 4 puzzle cube from matter is suitable. The individual blocks can be printed very easily and quickly.
Stormtrooper mask from Star Wars VII
Useful for the next costume party, cosplayer or movie premiere. Or simply for the next purchase, when you want to buy unrecognized again chocolate in huge quantities, because you are actually on a diet…
Sub Zero Mask from Mortal Kombat
Also in the costume party or cosplay section is this Sub Zero mask from Mortal Kombat.
Who now does not have the soundtrack with “Mortallll Kombaaaat” in his head, may not call himself a fan 😉
3D printable & actually playable guitar
A very good example to show the various possibilities of 3D printing is this 3D printable and actually playable guitar. Here you also have the possibility to choose the color of the guitar yourself.
Download model, print, assemble, record song and send to threedom please.