With all the big industrial 3D printing news we’ve been seeing, it can sometimes be easy to overlook smaller, more grassroots 3D printing projects. Don’t worry though, because we’ve got some great 3D printing projects for you right here. If you’ve been looking for a fun way to spruce up your home or a cool gadget to play with, we highly suggest checking out these 3D printed designs.
Germany-based chemical engineer Britt Michelsen has made a 3D printed double pendulum fidget spinner that she says is extremely addictive to play with. The 3D printed spinner was a Runner Up in the Instructables Fidget Spinner Design Contest.
Tech lover Abhishek Singh has 3D printed a Polaroid camera that “prints out” GIFs. The amazing Raspberry Pi-powered “Instagif NextStep” ejects a small cartridge, equipped with a screen and another Pi, that can play a recorded GIF on loop for around 20 minutes.
3DSimon Sorensen, creator of the YouTube channel RCLifeOn, has uploaded a video tutorial for making 3D printed t-shirt designs. The maker uses NinjaFlex flexible filament to 3D print patterns directly onto cotton t-shirts.
WhiteClouds, the Utah-based cloud 3D printing specialist, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for an amazing set of 3D printed “Fractal Skulls.” The colorful skulls are designed with mind-bending, computer-generated fractal patterns, and finished with a glossy protective coating.
A maker named Nicolas Raynaud has made a 3D printed robot inspired by Theo Jansen’s incredible wind-powered Strandbeest mechanisms. The robot has wowed the internet with its ultra-smooth leg movements.
Educational electronics specialist Kitronic has released its latest educational electronics kit: a 3D printable USB desk fan, perfect for students who will have to face the dying embers of summer heat when school returns.
An Instructables user going by the name “Gelstronic” has used 3D printing to make “PropHelix,” a 3D POV holographic display that can be used to play games and project animations. The display consists of a spinning helix of LED strips, producing an amazing 3D image with 144 LEDs. Interest in clunky and ill-prepared 3D movies might be waning, but that doesn’t mean that we, the entertainment-guzzling public, aren’t still super psyched whenever we get to see cool 3D representations of things we usually see in 2D.
We’ve reported before on the work of Get Models Now, the online 3D printing service that makes highly detailed and accurate replicas and models of all kinds, from sculptures to jewelry to ornaments and much more. Its latest project shows the extent to which 3D printing technology can revolutionize the world of cosplay, allowing comic book, sci-fi, and anime fans of all stripes to look more like their favorite characters than previously thought possible.
While fidget spinners may still reign as the top trending toy, the stress-relieving gizmos may soon have a new rival. Called SwapBots, this soon-to-be-released toy uses augmented reality to bring its physical components to life.