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Sugru is awesome. It’s an affordable, pliable, rubbery substance, which you can use to modify or stick together almost anything. Don’t believe me? Here’s 25 geeky uses for the stuff.
Custom Fitting Earbuds
Nothing’s worse than having earbuds that don’t snugly fit into your ear canal.
They’re uncomfortable, and you inevitably get a worse sounding listening experience, as noise from the outside world makes its way into your ear canal. Fortunately, with a bit of Sugru, you can make your earbuds match the exact shape and dimensions of your ear canal. Sugru can be used to fix broken headphone cables, too.
Glasses are expensive. But they’re also really easy to break.
Enter Sugru. With a few dabs of this magic substance, you can easily repair any defects or breakages with your spectacles. For example, if a nose pad falls off (as they so often do) you can simply replace it with Sugru. As an added bonus, this will then be molded to the exact shape of your nose bridge, making them more comfortable to wear.
Sugru and magnets are a match made in heaven.
Together, they offer allow you to attach and detach metal objects to whatever you want, without having to use nails or glue. Just check out this video from the makers of Sugru, where they use the stuff to create a DIY bike-lamp.
DIY Phone Wallet
Tired of having overloaded pockets all the time? Why not turn your phone into a DIY credit-card holder and keyring! All you need is a bit of Sugru.
Fix Frayed Cords
Macbook chargers are notorious for being fragile, with the thin sheaf of plastic that protects the metal wires being especially prone to fraying. Personally speaking, I’ve gone through about four of them. If you’ve got AppleCare, you’re fine. Just take it to the Apple Store and they’ll replace it there and then.
But if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, check out this video. Here, youtuber Anna Hegedus shows you how to patch tired-looking laptop cords, simply with a bit of Sugru.
Moleskin and Sugru Tablet Case
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Moleskin notebooks. They’re just amazing quality, and the paper feels great to write on. Plus, the cases are hardy and strong.
When you’ve finished with your Moleskin notebook, consider turning it into a tablet case. With a bit of Sugru, you can turn it into the perfect Nexus 7 case, as this reddit user found out. Our very own Kannon Yamada has written about how to use Sugru to build a tablet protector, too.
Never lose a pen ever again! With a bit of Sugru, you can create your own DIY pen holders, and attach them to whatever you want. Plus, they’re about a million times less embarrassing than wearing a pen-protector.
Sugru is a flexible, strong material, that’s also fully waterproof. With that in mind, it’s ideally suited to repairing wear-and-tear in shoes. This video shows you everything you need to know.
DIY Oyster Card
For Londoners, an Oyster Card is just as essential as a credit card.
This pre-paid card allows you to cheaply and easily access London’s bus and tube network, simply by tapping it against an RFID reader. But the cards themselves are easily misplaced. Personally speaking, I’ve lost about five of the buggers.
So, why not make your own Oyster Card keychain, or something that’s easier to keep track of? With only a few basic implements (Sugru being one of them) and a bit of imagination, you can create your own custom Oyster Card.
Remove the chip and put it in a blob of Sugru with a chain attached, and you’ve got your own Transport For London keychain. Make a Sugru RFID ring, and you can enter London’s underground train network simply by waving your hand, like you’re John Anderton in Minority Report.
For more inspiration, check out this piece from Instructables.com.
If this has happened to you, I feel your pain: You’re walking down the street with your cellphone pressed to your ear. You get distracted, and your grip loosens, sending your smartphone crashing to the floor. Seconds later, your once pristine phone is scratched and spiderwebbed.
That can be avoided if you use a phone bumper. These can be bought from Amazon for about ten bucks, but there’s an even cheaper way. Just make one yourself using Sugru! Check out the below video, or read this guide from Kannon Yamada.
If you’ve ever wanted to make your first-person videos, here’s your chance: Using a GoPro, a blob of Sugru, and a motorcycle helmet, you can build an affordable helmet cam. YouTuber BabyBlueUt explains how.
DIY Key Hook
If you’ve ever spent hours looking for your car keys, only for them to be stashed underneath your sofa, you’re going to want to pay attention to this video. Using just a blob of Sugru and a cheap household magnet, you can create your own DIY key hook.
If you’re anything like me, every USB port of your computer is occupied with something. I’ve got a phone, a keyboard, a mouse and an external hard drive plugged into mine. The problem is, this is so incredibly messy.
But with a bit of Sugru, you can banish unsightly cable chaos, for good. If you’re a bit more ambitious, we’ve has written a post that teaches you how to build your own magnetic cable organizer.
Glass Bottle Stopper
You love wine, but hate what it turns into when left exposed to the open air for a few days: vinegary and sour. But with a bit of Sugru, you can create your own bottle stopper, and preserve that delicious wine goodness.
And as the below video shows, it’s good for chemical test tubes, too.
Pencil shavings are one of life’s little annoyances. They get everywhere, like glitter, and no amount of vacuuming will vanquish them. Youtuber Christina Smith has found a better way. Using an old mason jar, a drill, Sugru, and a pencil sharpener, you can build a sharpener that catches shavings, allowing for easy disposal.
3D Printing Filament
Yes. You can use Sugru as a 3D printing filament. Why not? It’s a sturdy, but pliable material, and can quickly set into a chosen shape. Watch and see how HYREL 3D pulled it off.
Repair iRobot Roomba
If you hate vacuuming, odds are pretty high you’ve stumped up the cash for an iRobot Roomba, expensive though they are. However, some parts, especially the brushes, are prone to breaking. Florian Klien found a simple way to fix this. Watch and see.
GoPro Lens Cap
When you’re not using your GoPro, you’ll want to keep it safe and secure. You definitely don’t, for example, want your lens to get scratched and dirty. Now, you don’t have to, as you can simply make a GoPro lens cap using a bit of Sugru. Check it out.
Dash Mount an MP3 Player
Another cool use of Sugru is using it to attach electronics to a car’s dashboard. Youtuber Ian Fagan shows how to attach an old Sandisk Sansa MP3 player using just a small blob of the white stuff. Before you watch the video below, check out the Instructable here.
Fix Your Nokia N900
The Nokia N900 was a beloved model of smartphone which ran Nokia’s doomed Maemo operating system. Unfortunately, it suffered from a defect which caused the GSM chip to disconnect from the mainboard. Fortunately, one Reddit user has found a way to fix this, using Sugru.
Bear in mind it requires you to disassemble your phone, and almost certainly will void your warranty.
Customize Your Games Controllers
If you want to customize your controllers with your own logo or design, you don’t have to make any warranty-voiding changes. All you need is a packet of Sugru and your own stamp, as demonstrated by the below video.
Raspberry Pi Laptop
If you’ve ever wanted to use your Raspberry Pi on the move, here’s your chance. Using the Laptop dock of the Motorola Atrix smartphone, some Sugru, and a 3D printed Raspberry Pi case, you can turn your Raspberry Pi portable. Adafruit has all the details.
Android Desktop Dock
Amazing. With just an NFC tag, a bit of Sugru, and a $1 smartphone stand, you can create your own programmable Android desktop dock that knows when the phone is docked. Just check out this video by YouTuber Parker Harrington.
If you’re worried about being spied upon by a RAT Trojan, you’re going to want to check out this guide from the official Sugru website, which shows you how to build your own webcam cover. Not only will it protect your privacy, but it’s also easily removable and won’t leave a sticky mark on your webcam like tape will.
Silence Noisy Household Objects
When hit, Sugru doesn’t make that much noise, making it ideal for soundproofing household objects. In this video, the makers of Sugru show how it can be used to silence anything from a clattering tin pan, to a toilet seat.
Over to You!
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Have you found an interesting use for Sugru? Tell me about it in the comments below!