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3d Printed

DIY Rubber Band Gatling Gun

DIY Rubber Band Gatling Gun

Matthew Davis’ Arcus is a 3D-printable rubber band gatling gun. Its unorthodox appearance is more than just for show. Unlike most rubber band guns, the Arcus uses the energy from the rubber bands being shot out to rotate the barrels and continue the barrage. Grab the 3D models and directions on Instructables.

Low Poly 3D Sculptures

Low Poly 3D Sculptures

Etsy seller Dominima Design makes 3D printed models of animals and cars, each featuring a minimal, low-polygon count style. Whether you’re into bears or Bimmers, penguins or Porsches, rally cars or rhinos, they’ve got you covered.

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3D Printed Shape-shifters

3D Printed Shape-shifters

Engineers from MIT have developed 3D-printed objects with embedded magnetic particles that allow them to change shapes in an instant. The current prototypes are mere playthings, but the tech could give way to tiny, remote-controlled medical devices.

Kitchen Opener Multi-tool

Kitchen Opener Multi-tool

Produced using 3D printing tech, this handy gadget from SOLIDink3d makes it easy to open twist-off or traditional bottle caps, and can also pop open those tricky soda can tabs. It’s especially useful for people with arthritis or a weak grip.

3D Printed Spiral Speakers

3D Printed Spiral Speakers

Nexi Tech shows us how to make some truly unique speakers using value-priced parts. The electronics are set into organic looking enclosures designed by Ondra Chotovinsky. The 3D printer he used is the $500 Creality3D CR 10S, which makes great big prints cheap.

Drawing Smaug in 3D

Drawing Smaug in 3D

Artist 3D Sanago likes to sculpt iconic characters using a 3D extrusion pen. Watch in awe as he turns a stick of PLA filament into the deadly dragon from The Hobbit. And then there’s Rainbow Poop Cat.

3D Printing Time-Lapse Hack

3D Printing Time-Lapse Hack

Because of their relatively slow speed, time-lapse videos are the best way to showcase 3D printer builds. Make Anything shows off a neat technique that perfectly synchronizes each layer printed with a still camera’s shutter, resulting in a really slick and smooth visual effect.

Amazing 3D Pen Creations

Amazing 3D Pen Creations

Artist Dutch exp shows us how he uses a 3D printing pen (in this case a Myriwell Pro) to create amazing full color replicas of characters from pop culture, including Spongebob Squarepants and Patrick Star, Q*Bert, Pac-Man, Sonic, Olaf, and Rick Sanchez.

Giant LEGO Bulldozer

Giant LEGO Bulldozer

LEGO fan Matt Denton managed to 3D print another jumbo-sized version of a classic LEGO Technic kit – their 1979 bulldozer model. Just like the original, this supersized version was assembled from nearly 400 parts. Unlike the original, this one took 600 hours to print.

Credit Card Chess Set

Credit Card Chess Set

Using Shapeways‘ 3D printing tech, Innovo is offering up this nifty chess set which comes in flat-pack form. Simply punch out the pieces, and you can play anywhere. We only wish there was a way to put it back in your wallet once it’s punched out.

Hackrod La Bandita

Hackrod La Bandita

Using tech developed by Siemens, this incredible looking aluminum roadster was designed in a virtual reality system, engineered with AI, and will be fabricated using 3D printing. Hackrod hopes to allow buyers to help design their own vehicles using VR tech.

Magnum Mini Crossbow

Magnum Mini Crossbow

RinkyDink3D’s tiny 3D-printed crossbow is designed to shoot matchsticks 50 feet or more. It’s got built-in storage for up to 10 extra projectiles, and features a locking mechanism with a thumb release trigger. (Not recommended for kids under 16 years old)

Candy Corn Wrist Shooter

Candy Corn Wrist Shooter

DragonFly Fabrication shows off a fun way to deliver candy to trick or treaters this Halloween. This 3D printed, wrist-mounted gadget fires candy corns towards their recipient with the push of a button. Download the build plans on Thingiverse.

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3D Printing a Rotary Stamper

3D Printing a Rotary Stamper

Maker Ivan Miranda shows off one of the cooler 3D printed objects we’ve seen – an oversize replica of one of those rotating rubber stamps, made possible thanks to pliable, rubberlike Fiberflex 40D filament. He neglected to mirror the letters, but it’s still a nifty build.

Jumbo LEGO Go-Kart

Jumbo LEGO Go-Kart

LEGO makes regular size bricks, and larger Duplo bricks for little kids. But the bricks in Matt Denton’s awesome build are way bigger. He used a Lulzbot 3D printer to render all 98 pieces from a classic LEGO Technic go-kart kit, resulting in a 5x larger version of the original.

3D Printed Acorntainers

3D Printed Acorntainers

While 3D printers typically use filaments made purely from plastic, Make Anything shows off how a special composite filament called Timberfill can be used to create sandable, stainable wooden objects, like the cool acorn-shaped storage containers shown in the video.

DIY Laser Lightshow Machine

DIY Laser Lightshow Machine

We’ve all seen laser beams which project images using a persistence of vision effect. While the professional gear does it with moving mirrors, Yertle Vert shows off a neat build using 3D-printed cams and a laser pointer to achieve a similar effect. Instructions on Thingiverse.

GoPro Session Hot Wheels Car

GoPro Session Hot Wheels Car

If you ever wanted to know how folks shoot those awesome POV videos of Hot Wheels cars, Adafruit Industries is here to help. In this clip, they show how to 3D print a vehicle that doubles as a case for a GoPro Session camera. Download the STL files here.

Cold-casting 3D Prints

Cold-casting 3D Prints

Designer Paul Braddock of the Mold3D Channel demonstrates how to use objects made with a 3D printer to create silicone molds for casting items from a mix of metal powder and resin, giving them a sturdy and substantial part with a weathered metallic look with actual rust.

Open/Closed Sign

Open/Closed Sign

A thorougly clever design for a sign which can transform from reading “open” to “closed” while fully concealing the letters which are currently not in use. You can download the designs to 3D print your own over on Thingiverse.

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Little Planet Factory

Little Planet Factory

A one-man shop that makes┬áscientifically-accurate 3D-printed scale models of planets, moons and other celestial bodies. The models can range from 0.4″ to 7.8″ in diameter. Larger models and custom planets can also be commissioned.

3D-Printed Camaro Engine

3D-Printed Camaro Engine

Eric Harrell used his 3D printer to render an accurate, fully-functional scale model of the LS3 V8 engine from a Chevrolet Camaro. It took him over 200 hours to print the finished model. If you’ve got the time, the printer, and the filament, grab the plans from Thingiverse.

Bike Chain Ring

Bike Chain Ring

Jewelry designed to mimic the look of a bicycle chain. We’re pretty sure the links don’t move, but it’s still a neat ring for bike fans. Available in a wide variety of metals, each cast from a 3D printed mold. Price depends on size and material chosen.

City Chess Sets

City Chess Sets

AberuizDesign creates 3d printed sets of chess pieces and matching wooden boards based on American cities. Choose from Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Seattle, San Diego or San Francisco. You’ll need to buy both black and white sides separately, so they’re quite spendy.

Voronoi Chess Pieces

Voronoi Chess Pieces

Edge3D sells a ready-to-play 3D printed chess set using pieces derived from a using a Voronoi mathematical model to create holes in the pieces without destabilizing them. Available in several colors; chess board not included.

Mortal Coil Skull

Mortal Coil Skull

This nifty plaything is sort of like a skull-shaped slinky. Designed by maker Ryan Kittleson, this Mortal Coil sculpture is a made-to-order 3D print from Shapeways, available in either white or black plastic, and also in a version that stretches side-to-side.

Kinematics 3D Printed Ties

Kinematics 3D Printed Ties

High tech design studio Nervous System has outdone themselves, with the creation of truly stunning neckties which double as wearable works of art. The interlocking pieces are printed from nylon, and are hinged to move fluidly. Each is printed to order, so be patient.

World’s Smallest Working Drill

World’s Smallest Working Drill

By replicating the form of a power drill using a 3D printed model, engineer Lance Abernethy created a tiny drill that measures just 0.67″ long, and holds an spins a tiny 0.5mm drill bit. He’s already working on a smaller version.

BoomMorning Mug

BoomMorning Mug

Start your morning off with a bang with this ceramic mug that gets its form through the wonders of 3D printing. Designed by Augusto, it’s available in one of several gloss colors or matte black. I like my coffee like my gunpowder… black.

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