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Best objects to 3D print

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Best objects to 3D print: Lately you have decided to approach the world of 3D printing, by purchasing your first printer of this type. However, you don’t have a lot of ideas about what objects to start with and you would need some “ideas” to do so. Indeed, the ideal would be to have some free 3D models ready to use, so that you can start small and learn how this world works.

Don’t worry – you’ve come to the right place! In fact, in this tutorial I’ll walk you through what I believe to be the best objects to 3D print. I have set up the guide so that you can follow it too even if you are a beginner, so you shouldn’t have any particular problems getting the elements involved to finish printing. In any case, there will obviously be a way to discuss even more complex objects to make.

What do you say? Are you ready to fully explore the world of 3D printers and its infinite potential? In my opinion you can’t wait to give life to your first projects in this sense. Come on then, all you need is some free time and goodwill. Below you will find all the indications of the case, which can provide you with interesting ideas for using your 3D printer. Having said that, there is nothing left for me to do, except wish you good reading and have fun!

Preliminary information

Before going into the details of the best objects to 3D printlet me give you some more information on the subject.

The world of 3D printers is very intriguing, since it allows you to make any idea present on your computer – or almost – a physical object. Using this tool it is therefore possible to create objects of various kinds, useful or for leisure purposes, in complete autonomy.

But how does this technology work? Well, typically home-use 3D printers use the technique Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). Without getting too technical, a filament and the chosen material is heated by means of a extruder nozzle in movement.

3D printer

The latter moves into the classics three aces (x: width, y: height, z: depth), following the indications deriving from the 3D model used by the user. There merger of the material occurs through the heat produced by the nozzle, while the solidification occurs through the use of ultraviolet rays.

In short, now you know how a classic 3D printer works, an aspect that I think is important for those who want to seriously approach this world. In any case, I have only skimmed the surface of this complex topic: if you want to investigate the matter further, you can refer to my guide to the best 3D printers, in which I went into more detail on the matter.

Best objects to 3D print

After having quickly shown you how the most common 3D printers work, I would say that it is time to get to the heart of the tutorial, showing you the most valid objects to print. Do not worry if you have not yet reached a certain familiarity with 3D printing: I have based the guide mainly on objects that can be printed without too many problems and above all with ready-made 3D models.


3D printer statue

If you are a nerd, in the good sense of the term (have you ever had a negative one?), Surely you have approached the world of 3D printing also because of the possibility of making your own figurines, “Action figure”.

Clearly online there are 3D models of the most disparate, made by the community. An excellent portal that contains myriad of these solutions is Cultsa site where you can find several 3D models even totally free.

Obviously, since these are realizations made by users, it is good pay some attention to quality of the chosen 3D model and keep these objects only for personal use (depicting characters on whom copyright is often in force, it would be a crime to resell them). In fact, these are figurines to be used mainly to understand how to use the 3D printer.

If you want some advice, to train with this technology and understand how to do one figurinea good starting model is that of dragon made by user KERBEROSFI. This is certainly not the most accurate “action figure” in the world, but the model is free and can help you put your 3D printer to the test.

Obviously, if you don’t like this model, you can choose from many others available directly on the portal that I have indicated to you and in general online.

Cover and cable reels

3D Printer Cover

If you’re looking for something more useful for your tech devices, you might want to think about making one cover or a cable reels.

In the first case, online it is possible to find multiple cases related to the most disparate mobile devices (just do a search with the terms cover [modello cellulare] on Cults and similar sites), while in the second case I suggest you start from a precise 3D model: thecable reel made by user CWANDT.

By the way, if you don’t know where to keep the thousand cables related to your devices, a 3D model you might be interested in taking a look at is the cable container made by user EIRIKSO.

In short, 3D printing can also be used to create useful accessories for your technological life.

Rings and key rings

Key rings 3D printer

Among the most popular items among those who have just bought a 3D printer, we find the rings ei key holder. These are, in fact, relatively simple projects to complete.

An interesting 3D model to start from as regards thering And the one made by the 3D-MON userwhile for what concerns the key holder an interesting first experiment can be based on the heart-shaped pattern created by user RUBIXDESIGN.

If you have not yet learned how to use 3D printing, these 3D models can help you become familiar with the medium without spending too much time on the realization phase (you will probably make some mistakes initially, but then you can refine your method).

Furthermore, these are small experiments that can allow you to “surprise” in a few minutes people who have not yet seen the potential of this technology.

Clothes peg

3D printer clothespin

If you are trying to create something that can be useful to you in the daily context, an interesting project can be the one related to clothespin.

Among the most interesting models from this point of view, there is the one made by the user ANT-103. Starting from the latter, you can then make a working clothespin using one 7mm spring. Of course, there are many other models of this type online, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs.

Making a clothespin can be interesting, as it can make you understand that 3D printing can also be combined with more “traditional” creations simply by putting in a little effort.


Barchetta 3D printer

If you are a fan of boatsyou may have fun printing a “model” of this type among those available online.

In this case, if you want to start from a simple model, it is very interesting to take a look at the project created by user BIGLILDESIGN. It’s about a very simple boat but at the same time with not insignificant details.

If, on the other hand, you are a little more familiar with the world of 3D printing, an intriguing model is the one created by the user VANDRAGON_DE. It’s about a boat with several detailswhich among other things is spread over several “floors”.

In short, even from this point of view there are several interesting solutions, which could help you test your printing skills.

For more information

3D object

Obviously it is impossible to show you in a single tutorial all the 3D models that I consider valid to print. In fact, online there are myriads of solutions suitable for all tastes.

My advice is therefore to deepen the topic going to look for tutorials, books, videos and courses that can help you to print the objects that seem most valid to you. Those present in this guide are in fact only examples, among other things calibrated downwards in terms of printing difficulty.

Take, therefore, the models mentioned as a sort of “business card” of the world of 3D printing: projects designed to introduce you to technology properly. From my point of view these models perform their task, but clearly I also based on my personal tastes and I assure you that 3D printers allow you to do much more.

Just think about the fact that you can potentially create your own 3D models. In short, the limit is only your imagination and I’m sure that if you put in the right time and passion, you too will be able to create fantastic objects.

3D printer in action

In this regard, if you want to start approaching the world of creating 3D models, I can only advise you to take a look at my tutorial on programs for 3D printers, in which I have illustrated both solutions related to printing stage than to the template design.

I hope I have aroused in you the desire to delve into the world of 3D printing with this guide, providing you with some interesting information to test your printer and your techniques to bring 3D models to life.

It counts that this world is constantly expanding and therefore there may be news around the corner. In fact, solutions are being found for 3D print glass and someone has even already used this technology to set up the houses (clearly with tools that go far beyond home printers).

3D printer ideas

Additionally, during the COVID-19 pandemic, 3D printing proved particularly useful. In particular, in Italy a project involving the construction of respirator valves made with 3D printers. The latter, in their “traditional” versions, were in fact out of stock and could not be easily found: 3D printing helped to reduce the emergency.

Who knows what the applications of this interesting technology will be in the future. In the meantime, it is certainly intriguing to start getting familiar with the instrument directly from the comfort of your home, perhaps starting with small projects like those described in this tutorial.