3D printing has become so popular that the possibilities of what a person can create are endless. However, the possibilities are so endless, that it is difficult to distinguish the useless trinkets and clutter from the things that are actually cool and useful.
As such, we have taken it upon ourselves to find the coolest and most useful 3D printing ideas in 2022. Functional but stylish, these 3D printables can easily find a place in any household or match any personal style. Take a look at what we found and see if they are projects you would like to undertake.
Pen & Pencil Holder
If you are like me, you struggle to keep track of all your pens and pencils. Instead of settling for a store-bought pen and pencil holder or bag, just 3D print one yourself. By 3D printing your own pen and pencil holder, you have greater control over the design.
You can ensure you have enough space for all your pens, and you can make sure you have a totally unique design that you can’t find anywhere else.
You could test your creativity and make something like this design by BeeVeryCreative. This modern, melted beehive design is sure to make your workspace more organized and eye catching.
Stackable Hex Drawers
On that same note, 3D printed drawers are another cool way to keep your space clean and organized. Specifically, stackable hex drawers are the perfect combination of functional and stylish.
What is particularly great about this specific design is that it is modular. This means you can print as many of these hexagonal drawers as you need and just attach them to one another. Moreover, these drawers come with notches along the outside so you can easily clip them together in whatever design you like.
These drawers can accommodate whatever needs you may have. Specifically, if you have an office drowning in a sea of cables and wires. The shape of these hex drawers is perfect for storing cables and keeping them out of the way until you need them.
However, if the standard size of the drawers is not right for you, you can easily change out the length and depth of your drawers. You can even design them in whatever colors you like for a greater touch of personality.
If you like keeping plants, but have a habit of forgetting to water them, this 3D printed self-watering planter is exactly what you need. This design is a two-part design that looks sophisticated, but allows you a lot of flexibility when it comes to your watering schedule.
It has a simple setup and an extremely intuitive design. Simply print the pot and reservoir, put them together, plant your favorite herb or water-intensive plant and add water.
With this self-watering planter, you won’t have to worry about neglecting your plant. Moreover, for further customization, you can mix and match the colors of the pot and reservoir however you like. It’s a nifty gardening trick that ensures just about anyone can be a good plant parent.
Earbud Case or Holder
Unless you are on the air pods trend, then you still have earphones with wires. While these types of ear buds are easier to keep track off, they still require a bit of love and care. You can’t just shove your earbuds into your backpack or pocket without a second thought.
Mishandling your ear buds, like not wrapping them up correctly, can cause your earbuds to wear down faster than you would like. Then, you are forced to buy new earphones and the cycle continues.
To prevent this, try 3D printing your own earbud case. This design by Walter Hsiao uses a very simple but effective spool design to keep your earbuds secure. Not only does it keep the wires from being tangled, it also protects the jack from being damaged.
Kitchen Measuring Cube
For all the home cooks out there, this 3D printed measuring cube is definitely going to be your new favorite kitchen tool. This measuring cube takes all the different measuring cups and spoons from your kitchen and combines them into a single, easy-to-use cube.
This cube has a slot to measure out food stuffs in both the metric and imperial system. Moreover, if you have small kitchen and limited cabinet space, this measuring cube will definitely save you space. Rather than keeping a series of cups and measuring spoons, you only have to deal with a single measuring tool that can easily sit on anyone’s counter top.
Created by Devin Montes of MakeAnything, Polypanels are 3D printed building blocks that can snap together to create a variety of cool shapes and designs. Think of it as the adult version of LEGOs or K’NEX.
Simply download the design, 3D print a cluster of individual polypanels and start building away. From there, you can let your imagination run wild. Fortunately, the popularity of Polypanels has led to a development of a variety of new shapes and connectors that can snap together to create even wilder shapes than before.
This is a particularly fun project t0 take on because it’s a project that can take on many forms depending on your imagination. Polypanels are so easy to make and use that you can take them apart and rebuild them as many times as you would like. Additionally, they are a great way to pass the time if you get bored at your desk.
As time goes on, the world of 3D printables continues to evolve. Technology is getting more precise, like with a 5 axis cnc, and people are becoming more creative and imaginative everyday. There is no shortage of cool ideas for 3D printables out there.
From the most stylish pieces of jewelry to the most functional swiss army knives, 3D printables can definitely make your life easier and more exciting. We hope this article was helpful to you. If you have any cool 3D printing ideas, please share them with us!