Kate. G - June 11 2024

Unlocking Practicality:
Top 20 Useful 3D Prints

useful 3d prints

Are you seeking inspiration for your next 3D printing project? Look no further as we delve into a plethora of practical and innovative items that you can create using your 3D printer. From versatile mobile phone and tablet holders to quirky tape guns and charming plastic vases, this blog post will introduce you to a world of creativity and functionality.

Exploring the Array of 3D Printed Gadgets

1.Mini Tape Gun

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A mini tape gun for the Christmas elf in all of us. Print one of these and get to wrapping presents.

This is a 3d printable version of a mini tape gun I had laying around. It holds the standard tape dispenser rolls. You know, the little 3/4" rolls that you use to wrap presents with at Christmas time.

It prints in 4 parts with support and the little side piece that holds the roller on it simply pressed into place as the layer ridges seem to hold it in. But if that doesn't hold, a bit of super glue will fix it right up.

2. USB / Pen Holder

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This holder can hold pens, pencils or other office tools, and 8 USB sticks, 7 SD cards and 4TF (Micro SD) cards.

You can paste your favorite LOGO or motto on the left blank part.

3. Vase

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This vase has fins that spiral around and an in and out movement of those fins.

This vase can be printed in vase mode or spiralize outer contour in cura, or printed in normal mode. You can uncheck spiralize outer contour, set top layers to 0, set infill to 0%. Bottom layers set to 3 or more. Set walls to 1 or 2 or more for a more sturdy vase if not in vase mode. Can be scaled to fit your needs. The vase in the photo shows vase not scaled at 100% of the stl file at 77mm wide for X and Y and Z is 115mm tall.

4. Apple AirPods Pro Multicolor Charging Dock

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2x M3x8 screws or shorter needed.

This is a modified version of my Apple AirPods Multicolor Charging Dock for the AirPods Pro.

5. Gilette Fusion Holder

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Just another holder for a shaver. In this case fits for Gilette Fusion.

6. Tablet / Phone Stand

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This Tablet / Phone stand is a super simple stylish design. The stand was designed to be as small as possible, so it is quick and easy to print as well as not consuming a lot of filament, but adequate to hold most tablets and phones in either orientation.

You can use a tablet or phone in the stand however if it slides around too much on hard surfaces (as plastic can) the base / footprint could easily have thin foam rubber padding added to make it non-slip.

7. Machine Vise

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This is a quite robust 3d-printable machine vise. It's 100% 3d-printed - no screw or other piece of hardware is needed to hold the individual pieces together. Pieces clip and snap together.

It's a demonstration that it is very important to consider forces and material properties already when designing a mechanical object.

8. Smart Stand - Phones and Tablets

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The Smart Stand is a holder / stand for use with modern smart devices. The stand comes in a phone or tablet version and was designed to enable users to hold their device on a specific angle for video calls and staged photos in particular... but it's also a great little stand for general use.

The basic concept of this design is that it should hold any phone or tablet and be angle adjustable from nearly vertical (-5°) to tilted way back back and close to horizontal (i.e. at an unusable angle for photos and video / -70°).

The holder should accommodate and function well with any phone or tablet up to 15mm thick. Just drop the phone or tablet into the holder, tilt back with the nut and bolt loosened to some extent then tighten at the desired angle... very simple. If your phone or tablet is thicker than 15mm all parts can be uniformly scaled up to accommodate the greater thickness (eg. Your tablet measures 16.5mm. Divide this value into the standard maximum of 15mm and the result is 1.10... so scale all parts up uniformly by 10%).

9. Klein Bottle Vase

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The Klein vase was designed for a flower lover.

Our design was created by taking two mobius loops, sewing them together, thickening that surface, and then strategically punching a bunch of holes into it using a UV map. After a succesful watertight print, the stem of the vase proves to be an elegant home for flowers.

This model requires no supports and scales up/down very well. It's a small perimeter challenge for printers. Make sure your printer's retraction is up to snuff.

10.Headphone Stand

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The Headphone Stand for your desk is not only a great solution for storing your headphones, but also a stylish accessory for your workspace. Printed on a 3D printer, this stand is a perfect example of simplicity, functionality, and quality. With its unique print-in-place design, which is easily and quickly printable, you can always have your headphones at hand.

11. Phone Holder

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Are you looking for the perfect holder for your smartphone? If so, we have the solution for you - a Phone holder designed specifically for your mobile phone, 3D-printed for maximum functionality and adjustability with a unique toothed mechanism that allows it to be easily adjusted to any angle.

12. Threaded Container

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This exquisite container merges practicality with luxury, rendered in a striking combination of red and gold. Designed for the meticulous storage of small items, its threaded design ensures a secure closure, making it not just a storage solution but a decorative piece that adds a touch of elegance to any space.

The Threaded Container captivates with its elegant red body accented by a luxurious gold lid, a color scheme that evokes richness and sophistication. This vibrant interplay of colors not only highlights the containers sleek lines and intricate threading but also turns it into a visually stunning piece. The red and gold design makes this container a standout object, transforming the mundane act of storage into a statement of style.

13. Glasses Stand

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ntroducing the amazing Glasses Holder, which allows you to keep your glasses within reach at all times. This stand is printed on a 3D printer and its design is simple, witty, and functional.

The stand features a funny nose and a big mustache, and when you place your glasses on it, it looks like a head, adding not only a practical purpose to your workspace but also a humorous element. Moreover, it is created using the print in place technology, which means the stand is printed in one piece, without the need for assembly.

14. Iris Box

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The entire box prints as a single piece. Use a 0.2mm layer thickness to maintain the internal clearances that make the print-in-place magic work.The internal clearances are quite tight, so a very clean print is essential to getting it freed up after printing. One tricky issue is seam placement. Unfortunately, most of PrusaSlicer's seam placement option want to place the seam (which is usually a little lumpy) along an edge, but this is also where you are most likely to get interference between the internal moving parts.

Therefore, the easiest option is to choose the Random seam placement option which will keep from forming internal ridges that fuse together.

15. Hex Bit Storage Box

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Are you looking for the perfect way to store and organize your bits? Then Hex Bit Storage Box is here for you, specially designed for your workshop. This bit holder is 3D printed and consists of two parts, making it a simple and functional tool for every handyman.

With Hex Bit Storage Box, you can easily store and organize up to 36 bits. Its simple design ensures that the bits do not fall out while they are stored in the box. Plus, you do not have to worry about losing any of them because they are securely seated in the box.

16. Cable Management Loop

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17. Delta Stand for Macbook

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The Stand for Macbook is printed in multiple parts that can be easily assembled using screw connections, allowing you to adjust the height and angle of the stand according to your needs. This ensures that your MacBook display is at the optimal height for comfortable use, reducing strain on your neck and providing an ergonomic solution for working on your laptop.

Furthermore, this stand also offers modularity. Printed using a 3D printer, the Stand for Macbook is produced with great precision and quality. The layer height used in printing is 0.16 mm, resulting in a smooth surface finish and sharp details. The printing process is conducted at a temperature of 215 degrees Celsius, ensuring the strength and quality of the final product.

18. Coffee Bag Clip with Screw Cap

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Introducing the 3D Printed Coffee Bag Clip with Screw Cap, a brilliant solution designed to enhance the coffee storage experience for enthusiasts around the globe. Available for download, this innovative accessory combines the practicality of a bag clip with the added security of a screw cap, ensuring that your coffee beans remain fresh and aromatic. Rendered in a vibrant shade of blue, this coffee bag clip is not just functional but also adds a touch of style to your coffee storage routine.

The Coffee Bag Clip with Screw Cap is designed to offer an effective and stylish way to store coffee beans. The vibrant blue color makes this clip a noticeable addition to any kitchen, ensuring that it is easy to find when you are ready to seal your coffee bag after use. The screw cap feature enhances the clips sealing capabilities, providing an airtight lock that maintains the freshness and flavor of your coffee beans for longer periods.

19. Modern Vase

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The Modern Vase is coated in a vibrant red, enhancing its multi-faceted design and making it a focal point in any room. This bold color not only amplifies the vases contemporary form but also injects a dynamic energy into its surroundings. The red hue complements the angular nature of the vase, highlighting each edge and surface change with dramatic shadows and highlights, creating a visual spectacle that captivates and engages.

The versatility of the Modern Vase extends beyond its aesthetic appeal, serving as both a decorative item and a functional piece. Whether used to house flowers or as a standalone sculpture, it adds a modern touch to any setting. Its design is particularly suited for contemporary spaces that emphasize bold forms and colors, making it a practical choice for those looking to enhance their home or office with a piece that is as artistic as it is functional.

13. Chainmail Pad

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Introducing the 3D Printed Chainmail, a marvel of modern 3D printing technology that brings the ancient art of armory into the contemporary world. Available for download, this design features a small square piece of chainmail fabric, ingeniously printed in place without the need for assembly. Rendered in a striking silver finish, this chainmail piece embodies the fusion of historical craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology, offering a glimpse into the past through the lens of the future.

The 3D Printed Chainmail shines in an intricate silver design, capturing the essence and detail of traditional chainmail armor. The silver finish not only enhances the realism and historical accuracy of the piece but also adds a touch of elegance and authenticity. This small square of chainmail fabric, with each link seamlessly connected, showcases the potential of 3D printing to recreate complex structures with precision and beauty.

This 3D Printed Chainmail serves as a symbol of strength and durability, echoing the protective gear worn by warriors of old. It stands as a testament to the enduring human spirit of innovation, from the blacksmiths of the medieval period to the 3D printing pioneers of today. The silver chainmail piece invites admiration and curiosity, bridging the gap between historical defense mechanisms and modern technological advancements.

The Power Behind the Prints

All these innovative pen holders and gadgets have been brought to life using the Creality CR-6 SE and Ender 3 Pro 3D printers. These reliable machines ensure precision and quality in every print, making them ideal tools for your creative endeavors.

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