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LOTR Giant Spider Diorama

LOTR Giant Spider Diorama

Minibricks created this amazing miniature based on the scene in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King where Frodo faces Shelob, the giant spider demon. They crafted the environment by carving foam, while the spider and Frodo were 3D printed then meticulously hand-painted.

The 145-Gear Snowflake

The 145-Gear Snowflake

JBV Creative is always coming up with cleverly-engineered machines using 3D printed parts. This fun plaything is made up of interconnected gears arranged in a snowflake pattern, and all of its 145 gears turn smoothly with the turn of a knob on its back. You can purchase the STL files for printing here.

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IKEA Flamträd 3D-Printed Accessories

IKEA Flamträd 3D-Printed Accessories

IKEA is now making home accessories using a 3D printing technique known as selective laser sintering. The collection includes wireframe models of heads and hands, which can be hung on the wall or placed on a tabletop. They’re currently only available from IKEA Germany, but we hope to see them elsewhere soon.

Retro Gamer Logo Magnets

Retro Gamer Logo Magnets
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UK shop ReadyPlayerTwo creates these nifty 3-dimensional logo signs inspired by classic video game and computer systems. Each one is 3D printed from PLA plastic to accurately replicate the original color scheme, and has neodymium magnets securely mounted inside.

HIVE Evo Modular Drawer System

HIVE Evo Modular Drawer System
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O3D’s modular storage drawers remind us that hexagons are the bestagons. They’re perfect for organizing small hardware and electronic parts. Modules include two types of drawers, which can be customized by sliding together sections. They’re sold as a set of digital files for 3D printing, and also come in a square design.

Mishi Faceted Table Lamp

Mishi Faceted Table Lamp
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Portland-based Honey & Ivy Studio makes these casual but modern accent lights that have a faceted shape reminiscent of a gemstone. They’re 3D printed from high-quality PLA and come in four colors. Also shown is the matching Mishi faceted vase.

Octopus Headphone Hanger

Octopus Headphone Hanger
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This sculptural octopus art can hold headphones, hats, purses, or small accessories. Its head and eight tentacles offer multiple hanging positions and come with hanging hardware. It’s one of the many fun 3D-printed headphone holders you can find in the M3is3D Etsy shop.

Christmastime/Beertime Bottle Opener

Christmastime/Beertime Bottle Opener

To celebrate the holidays, JBV Creative cracked open a cold beer with his 3D-printed bottle opener. The mechanical wall art delivers both a Christmas greeting and a beer-drinkers’ greeting with a flick of the wrist. The 3D model is available free to JBV’s Patreon supporters, or you can buy the model from his website for $3.99.

Giant Macro Keypad

Giant Macro Keypad

Adafruit Industries shows off a fun DIY project using oversize Kailh key switches to build three ginormous macro keys. The keys work just like the keys on a regular keyboard, only 64 times larger in volume. We want to see someone build an entire QWERTY keyboard with these things.

Overpowered Ball Launcher

Overpowered Ball Launcher

With the help of his gigantic 3D printer, maker Ivan Miranda built a ridiculously overpowerd toy weapon. It uses a pair of powerful motors and belts to quickly load balls into its hopper, then blows them out the front using a ducted fan like the ones used in leaf blowers.

Exploding Circle Machine

Exploding Circle Machine

JBV Creative loves to make unique machines using 3D printed parts. Inspired by a computer simulation of a similar contraption, he created a mechanism that splits a circle into four quadrants, flips them over, and reassembles them with a turn of its crank. You can purchase the STL files at the link.

Making a Candy Dispenser iPhone Case

Making a Candy Dispenser iPhone Case

To celebrate the purchase of his new iPhone 13 Pro Max, Matty Benedetto of Unnecessary Inventions wanted a case that nobody else has. So he got to work designing, fabricating, and assembling a case that not only protects his phone but can launch pieces of candy into his mouth. He’s gonna need a bigger pocket.

Bullet Burr Brainteaser Puzzle

Bullet Burr Brainteaser Puzzle
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BecomingBetter’s puzzle consists of six interlocking bullets which come together to form a pointy, abstract sculpture. It’s easy to take apart, but challenging to reassemble. Choose from a .308 caliber or larger .50 caliber BMG rounds. While we wish they were made from metal, they’re 3D printed from metallic PLA filament.

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Camping Gear Plate Organizer

Camping Gear Plate Organizer
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This handy camping accessory from TreeHugger Systems provides a way to keep loose items together in your backpack. Its 3D-printed baseplate has dozens of holes for tying down items with the included lashing cord. Its open grid can also be used with Velcro straps.

3D-Printed Cat Helmets

3D-Printed Cat Helmets

Rémy Vicarini likes to make tiny helmets for his cat Cathode. His collection of 3D-printed headgear includes a bicycle helmet, an astronaut helmet, and a LEGO knight helmet. We also have no idea how Cathode sat still for the working Iron Man helmet. Good kitty.

Amazing 3D Pen Creations

Amazing 3D Pen Creations

Artist Dutch exp shows us how he uses a 3D printing pen 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.

Making an Extendible Boxing Glove

Making an Extendible Boxing Glove

Inspired by those mechanical boxing gloves which turn up in comics and cartoons, JBV Creative wanted to replicate the idea using 3D printing. He initially built a couple of small ones which deploy with the push of a trigger, then upgraded it with a ridiculously long scissor mechanism. 3D print files available here.

Atlasminx Dodecahedron Puzzle

Atlasminx Dodecahedron Puzzle

For us mere mortals, a 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube poses a challenge. But Corenpuzzle is a bit more ambitious with his puzzles. His Atlasminx is a 19-layer dodecahedron with 4,863 moving pieces. It’s made from 3D-printed pieces that rotate around a circular core. He used colored plastic to avoid having to apply thousands of stickers.

Making a Cylindrical Jigsaw Puzzle

Making a Cylindrical Jigsaw Puzzle

Artist Ray Whitby shows how he created a unique cylindrical jigsaw puzzle. He first designed and 3D printed the pieces using wood PLA filament, sealed them with superglue, and filled them with blue resin. He then attached the pieces and turned them on a lathe. Using latex to protect the pieces from excess resin was key.

Plastic Bottle Cap Cache

Plastic Bottle Cap Cache

Tokyo_Bird shared this 3D-printable design which makes use of plastic soda bottle caps for sealing small containers. They’re ideal for storing items like screws, washers, or pills. The design is available for download from Thingiverse. We’re not sure they fit U.S.-size bottle caps, but they include STL files for printing your own caps.

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3D-Printed Fractal Vise

3D-Printed Fractal Vise

Inspired by the antique fractal jaw vise that Hand Tool Rescue restored, Teaching Tech created a 3D-printed version of the fascinating workbench tool. Like the original, it can hold irregularly-shaped objects with its rotating grippers. Grab the STL files to print your own at Thingiverse, or play with the CAD file at OnShape.

Casting a Double-threaded Bolt

Casting a Double-threaded Bolt

Robinson Foundry shows how he made a double-threaded bolt using the lost PLA method he used to make that awesome bronze skull. The process involves dipping 3D-printed models in ceramic, firing then, then melting away the plastic with metal. The design was inspired by a bi-directional bolt machined by Oleg Pevtsov.

RC Jumbo Jet Build, Flight, Crash

RC Jumbo Jet Build, Flight, Crash

RC aircraft enthusiast Troy McMillan spent countless hours planning, designing, 3D printing, and assembling a scale model of a jumbo jet. Here, he shares the time-consuming build process, its maiden flight, and tragic demise after a battery failure rendered his flight controller useless.

Making a Lost PLA Bronze Skull

Making a Lost PLA Bronze Skull

Robinson Foundry shows how he took a digital 3D model of a human skull and used it to create a cast bronze sculpture. The Lost PLA method starts by making a 3D-print, coating it with a ceramic material, kiln-firing it to harden it and melt away the plastic, then filling it with molten metal and eventually chipping away the casting.

The Mini Mutoscope

The Mini Mutoscope
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Created by Tentacle Media Ltd., the Mini-Mutoscope is a 3D-printed replica of a 19th-century mechanical flipbook. The display works like an animation flipbook, only its movements are smoothly controlled by a crank. It holds up to 42 squares that you can load with your own animations, or one of the samples provided by Tentacle.

Game Card + Token Trays

Game Card + Token Trays
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Etsy seller Casiopea3D makes these 3D-printed trays for keeping your cards and tokens neat and tidy when playing tabletop games. Each one has three card slots and four token trays. Measures appx. 7.9″ w x 2.4″ d. Sold in sets of two or more in a variety of colors.

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