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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.

Semi-Automatic Rubber Band Gun

Semi-Automatic Rubber Band Gun

Most rubber band guns require manual reloading between shots. But Nagy Big designed a 3D-printed toy gun that can fire multiple rubber bands in sequence thanks to its spring-loaded mechanism and multi-band clip. If you want one for yourself, you can download the STL files on Printables.

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Five Impossible Figure Illusions

Five Impossible Figure Illusions

Our brains can be easily tricked by optical illusions. StruckDuck shows off five different 3D-printed objects which seem to defy logic but are just messing with our minds thanks to the camera’s perspective. You can download STL files for all of these objects on StruckDuck’s Etsy shop.

Overpowered Ball Launcher

Overpowered Ball Launcher

With the help of his gigantic 3D printer, maker Ivan Miranda built a ridiculously overpowered 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.

3D-Printed Engagement Ring and Box

3D-Printed Engagement Ring and Box

Ready to propose to your sweetie? You could head to the jewelry store and spend thousands on an engagement ring, or you could do what agepbiz did, and 3D print one. He designed 3D models for the ring and gift box, printed them with Timberfill wood filament, sanded them smooth and added a Swarovski crystal to the ring.

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.

Ball Rolling Uphill Illusion

Ball Rolling Uphill Illusion

At first glance, it looks like the ball in this video from StruckDuck is defying gravity and rolling up a slide. The trick involves a specially-distorted 3D print and a camera placed in exactly the right spot to pull off the illusion. You can buy the STL template file for the slide on Etsy.

Hasbro Selfie Series Personalized Action Figures

Hasbro Selfie Series Personalized Action Figures

Toy maker Hasbro teamed up with the 3D printing experts at Formlabs to create action figures that can be customized with your own head. The high-tech toys start with a 3D scan on your phone that’s used to make a full-color resin model. The $60 figures will be available starting Fall 2022 in the U.S. via the Hasbro Pulse app.

3D-Printed Folding WALL-E

3D-Printed Folding WALL-E

Fab365 shows off a 3D-printable model they designed of Pixar’s adorable robot WALL-E. What makes the model special is how its main body and gear structure can be printed all at once then folded together. The grey parts and some moving pieces are printed separately. An STL of the model can be downloaded for free here.

3D-Printed Planet Lamps

3D-Printed Planet Lamps
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Colberd makes these tabletop lamps based on 3D models of our solar system’s planets. Each 5″ sphere is 3D printed from PLA plastic with a detailed map of the planet’s surface created from NASA images. They have a 16-color LED light source and include a wooden stand and remote control. USB power cable not included.

Squaring a Circle

Squaring a Circle

At first glance, this object looks like a square, but with a quick rotation it transforms into a circle. Physicsfun shows off this intriguing optical illusion created by Matt Enlow. When viewed from the side, you can see it’s actually madeup of four identical parabola segments. A 3D print of the model is available from Shapeways.

Maze Puzzle Bolt

Maze Puzzle Bolt

After casting a metal bolt with double threads, Robinson Foundry is back to show off another unusual bolt design. This oversize bolt has a maze thread pattern, which requires a complex sequence of moves to remove its nut. Like many of his other builds, he created ceramic molds over 3D prints, which he melted away.

Mega Hex Bit Holders

Mega Hex Bit Holders
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Do you have lots of hex bits, drill bits, and sockets scattered around your workshop? These 3D-printed holders have hundreds of 1/4″ hexagons for holding onto your bits. Each tray can store up to 400 bits, and their design means you can place multiples snugly against each other. JackofAll3D sells them in nine different colors.

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Slanted Designs Headphone Stands

Slanted Designs Headphone Stands
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Slanted Designs makes 3D-printed busts of famous characters and people for you to rest your headphones on. They come in a variety of designs like Iron Man, Hulk, The Terminator, Pickle Rick, and even Jar Jar Binks. They can also make a custom headphone stand based on a character of your choice for $160.

Over-engineered Candy Dispenser

Over-engineered Candy Dispenser

You could just put M&Ms in a candy dish, or you could overengineer a solution like JBV Creative did. The machine is basically a tiny candy factory that dishes out individual candies from a storage tank onto a conveyor belt and then into a tray. Money shot at 7:56. Want your own? Grab the STL files for 3D printing here.

Making a Digital Hourglass

Making a Digital Hourglass

An old-fashioned hourglass is a handy way to count down fixed increments of time. While a traditional hourglass is filled with sand, Engineercly’s 3D-printed version is completely digital, counting time on a pair of LED matrices controlled by an Arduino Nano. He used an accelerometer to track its angle and to direct the LED dots.

Making a Giant PC Fan

Making a Giant PC Fan

In 2021, PC and accessory maker Corsair announced they were making an enormous 20″ square version of one of their PC cooling fans. It turned out to be a joke, but lots of people wanted one anyhow. Rather than wait for Corsair to make good, Angus from Maker’s Muse decided to design and build his own overpowered version.

3D Printed Grand Piano

3D Printed Grand Piano

Want a grand piano for your house, but don’t have enough room for one? Why not 3D print a mini version? Breaks’n’Makes shows off a tiny grand piano model he built based on a design from Mechanistic. It’s fully functional, with keys, hammers, and strings, and it even tiny working casters that it rolls on.

Portable Mac Mini

Portable Mac Mini

If you want a portable Mac, you can pick up a Mac Book. But Scott Yu-Jan wanted something with better reliability. So took his M1 Mac Mini and converted it into a portable by creating a 3D-printed bracket that holds the computer and an iPad Mini for its display. Now, if only the computer ran on batteries…

Candy Dispenser iPhone Case

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.

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Making a Driveable 3D Printed Tank

Making a Driveable 3D Printed Tank

Ivan Miranda built himself a massive 3D printer, so what better to use it for but to make a 3D-printed tank that’s big enough to sit inside of and drive? He’s been working on the tank for some time but only recently added the seat and control pedals. He plans on adding a turret and a cannon soon.

3D-Printed Glowing Zipper Pulls

3D-Printed Glowing Zipper Pulls

Adafruit Industries shows us some nifty DIY zipper pulls they made using a 3D printer and glow-in-the-dark powder. Each pull holds a tiny glass bottle charm in the center that contains the pigment and has holes to help light to shine through. Read the full build guide on the Adafruit blog.

The Corporate Ping Pong Machine

The Corporate Ping Pong Machine

JBV Creative loves to engineer kinetic sculptures and machines using 3D-printed parts. For this interactive piece, he created a wall-mounted mechanism that represents the slow, repetitive churning of the corporate machine. It launches ping pong balls into the air and catches them in a funnel to repeat the process endlessly.

Making a Model War Rig

Making a Model War Rig

Model maker Plasmo shows off another amazing build, taking on Imperator Furiosa’s epic War Rig from Mad Max: Fury Road. He used a resin-based 3D printer and a downloadable 3D model to generate its numerous parts, but bringing it all together and making it look so great is all Plasmo.

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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