In the TV show The Big Bang Theory, Howard Wolowitz and Raj Koothrappali used a 3D printer to make miniature models of themselves and a whistle. While we do know that everything is possible when it comes to Hollywood, it makes common people like us wonder if there are practical uses to a 3D printer. 3D printing can be used for more than just churning out toys. There are many practical, everyday things that can be manufactured using a 3D printer from the MakerBot’s Thingiverse, a repository of 3D printing projects.
A penholder made from a 3D printer is perhaps one of the most striking projects to be found on the website. An orange tree-like stand that has holes for the many pens you need everyday will make a great addition to your office desk.
Yes, you can print out a lamp using a 3D printer, just make sure to attach a socket some bulbs and wires to it so that you can turn it on.
- Guitar Pick
A guitar pick is a practical and easy job for your printer.
- Light Switch Cover
If you have a light switch cover that is cracked or broken and you have a 3D printer, then you can easily churn this out at the comfort of your home.
- USB Thumb Drive
If you’re one of those people who keep losing their USB thumb drive, then this would look great next to your penholder.
- Customized iPhone or Cellphone Case
If you’re tired of your smartphone looking just like everybody else’s then why not make your own customized design and print it out?