Last year I started collecting ideas of things I would like to 3D print one day, on Twitter. Twitter is fundamentally ephemeral, so I'll collect it here instead. I got up to 14 items on Twitter, and now I'm up to 25.
I don't own a 3D printer, but I have access to one at the work office. Perhaps this list is my subconcious trying to convince me to buy one.
What am I missing? What else should I be thinking of printing? Let me know!
- Some kind of 45° leaning prong to dry bottles and flasks on
- A tea tray and coasters
- a replacement prop arm/foot for my computer keyboard (something like this but for the Lenovo Ultranav)
- some attempted representation of Borges’ Library of Babel, a la @jwz The Library of Babel, again
- an exploration of the geometry of Susanna Clarke’s “Piranesi”
- further iterations of my castle
- Small tins to keep loose-leaf tea in
replacement bits for kids toy sets, e.g. a bolt with long shank from Early Learning Centre Build It Deluxe Set, without all 4 of which you can't build much of anything
A stand for a decorative Christmas bauble (kid's hand print on it)
A roll of cellotape works pretty well in the mean time
DIY bits-and-bobs sorter/storage (nuts and bolts etc)
A watch stand/holder/storage thing
Except it would look nicer in wood
(And I’m more inclined to get rid of all but one watch instead)
Little tabbed 7” dividers for vinyl records, with A-Z cut into the tabs
12” ones might be a stretch
A low-profile custom trackpoint cover like the ones by SaotoTech (e.g.)
A vinyl record. (Not sure that any 3D printer I would have access to would have the necessary resolution. I haven't done any research yet.)
A free-standing inclined vinyl record display stand (e.g.)
A "Settlers of Catan" set. I've got the travel edition which is great but it would be nicer to have a larger-sized set. There are some things I really like about the travel set that the full-size set lacks; so designing and printing a larger set myself could incorporate them. Also I don't feel inclined to buy the full-size set for £50 or so to end up with essentially the same game I already bought. No doubt I'd spent at least that much in PLA.
Little kids trinkets. Pacman ghosts, that sort-of thing. Whatever my daughters come up with next.
Some kind of lenticular picture. Perhaps a gift or Christmas card combined in one.
An attempt at using the 3D printer for 2D drawing. I would never get the same kind of quality results you can get from a proper plotter, but still… Take a look at some proper plotter art!
Garden decorations. I like the idea of porous geometric shapes that you can plant mosses or ferns into, but also things which might be taken over and "used" by nature in ways I hadn't thought of.
Floor plans / 3D plans of my house (including variations if I remodelled)