So, you’ve just bought a 3D printer for the first time in your life. Before you go wasting a ton of filament printing out just about anything you can think of, why not print out a few things that you can actually use? We’ve assembled a list of eight printable projects to get you started. From coin sorters to outlet shelves for housing your smartphone while its charging, these printable objects are some of the best — and most useful — that we’ve found on the web thus far. The best thing about them? They’re simple to print, so you’ll have plenty of filament left for more complex projects. Happy printing!
You should recognize the shape of this headphone wrap we found on Thingiverse -- it looks just like the ghosts from Headphone Wrap Pac-Man. While we would have never guessed it, those pointy bottoms actually turn the iconic video game character into a handy headphone wrap when printed. You'll never have to worry about tangled cords again, and the shape alone turns it into a great conversation piece.
. Download the instructions from Thingiverse JohnA/Thingiverse
Are you one of those people with loads of change lying around? Why not keep it organized with this printable coin sorter? The simple device offers enough space to organize all your local currency and if you're not based out of the United States, there are official versions available for the Euro, Swiss franc, Canadian dollar, and even the Thai Bhat. Live in another country? That's okay, too. Third-party designers offer versions for several other currencies as well.
Coin Sorter . Download the instructions from Thingiverse youngcat/Thingiverse
Can't live without your Keurig? We can't either but the price of those K-Cup holders from Keurig can set you back as much as $50! Thankfully, 3D printer Scott Hatfield has a better idea, one that's far more affordable. It takes a touch longer to make and requires more filament to produce than other objects we've shown, but the tower's built-in sugar holder and stacking properties make it a must-print for coffee lovers.
Stackable K-Cup Holder . Download the instructions from Thingiverse Scotthatfield/Thingiverse
Mark this one under one of those things you didn't know you needed. This butter-holding apparatus consists of two 3D-printed parts and draws inspiration from a dog-emblazoned key holder. When the two components are pushed together, they form the dog's midsection. This also prevents the ends of your butter from spoiling, which happens if butter becomes exposed to air for an extended period of time. Plus, it's pretty damn cute.
Butter Buddy . Download the instructions from Thingiverse AdamStag//Thingiverse
Spice up your next Taco Tuesday (and impress your guests) with these 3D-printed taco shell holders from Daniel Norée. The 3D printer has made two versions thus far, one with space for three shells as pictured above and another with two for those with a smaller appetite. Both take roughly an hour to produce and we recommend printing them with bright colors to ensure your next taco dinner really pops.
Taco Shell Holder . Download the instructions from YouMagine Daniel Norée/YouMagine
Fiddling with your toothpaste vial in the morning is the last thing you want to do when you wake up. Makeplace has a simple, printable tool which slides onto the end of your vial, thus allowing you to wring out every last bit. While it seems geared at a younger generation, with a few different designs, we're sure you'll be able to find one that works for you.
. Download the instructions from Thingiverse makeplace/Thingiverse
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