3D printing has been around for a while but to many people it still seems like something out of the Jetsons. However, with the expected growth of the 3D-printing market in years to come, don’t be surprised to see even more creations made with 3D printers.
Being able to design and make, or use someone else’s design to make your products is good for your wallet and for the planet. Instead of buying something at a store or having it shipped across the country, you can solve many everyday problems from the comfort of your couch.
Read on how to solve nine annoying life “problems” with simple 3D printing wizardry.
Bicycle Carrying Handle
As a regular cyclist, you must have carried your bike up and down the stairs more times than you care to remember. Whether it’s the regular chore of bringing it in and out of your house, or occasionally lugging it on public transportation, most bikes are heavy and awkward to carry.
This 3D-printed bicycle handle will ease your struggle and make carrying your bike a breeze. With it being easier to bring your bike indoors, you’ll be less likely to leave it outside and risk having it stolen. You can upload the model to make it yourself or pay $38.99 to choose the color and have it printed for you.
Have you ever put your umbrella down somewhere and then forgotten it? Or had to place your bag on a dirty floor because there was nowhere to hang it?
The Bstrong travel hook will solve these common on-the-go dilemmas. Made from polyamide, it’s lightweight enough to carry in your bag, but strong enough to hold up to 25 lbs of gear.
You can use it at work, at a restaurant, anywhere you need to hang your bag, jacket, or anything else you’re schlepping around.
You could make your own hook at home or pay $24.68 to have Bstrong print it for you.
How much time do you spend looking for your keys every day?
This small organizer has room for 3 hooks and will fit unobtrusively into your home. Hang it by the door for easy access or tuck it away in a coat closet. It could also be useful for hanging ear buds and other small everyday objects that are easy to lose.
You can download the model for free and print it at home or use a 3D printing service.
Light Switch Labels
Today’s switch plates have 2, 3, or even 4 light switches on them and it’s not always easy to remember what goes with what. If you always confuse the outdoor light with the living room light, or fumble to illuminate the stairs in the dark, these light switch labels will make your life brighter. Current choices include “Stairs, Dining” and “Family, Dining.” If you really want to get crafty you could alter the blueprint to choose your own words.
Download the blueprint for free from MakerBot Thingiverse.
Take the guesswork out of making dinner. When you’re cooking for one, or even two, you know you won’t need the whole box of spaghetti. But it’s hard to tell just how much is enough and how many servings remain in the box.
This spaghetti measurer tells you how much pasta to cook for up to 4 servings, though it only works with long pastas such as spaghetti and linguine. You’ll get dinner on the table a little faster and waste less food.
The measurer is made of acrylic glass and costs $13.
It’s difficult to carry multiple grocery bags in from your car, especially if you’re one of those people who always takes the “I can get all of these in one shot” approach. This simple bag holder makes it easier and less painful on your fingers to carry up to 3 bags in one hand. The picture shows plastic shopping bags but it can also work with reusable bags.
It’s free to download the bag holder blueprint and make your own at home.
Do you have trouble keeping surfaces neat and tidy?
If your desk and tables always seem crowded with papers, spare change and gadgets, get organized with the Green Mountain Desk Organizer. With different-sized dividers modeled after the mountains of Vermont, this piece can double as art and will look more elegant than anything you can buy at Staples. There’s a spot for books or papers, smartphones and tablets, and writing utensils, change, and any other small items you have lying around.
The Green Mountain Organizer is made with white plastic. You can download the model for free or have one printed for $166.85.
iPhone Acoustic Amplifier
If you listen to music, podcasts and other media on your phone while making dinner, cleaning or doing other chores, the volume limitation can be frustrating. Now there’s a way to amplify the sound without buying speakers or being reduced to a red solo cup.
Download the iPhone Acoustic Amplifier STL model file for free and turn up your listening experience today.
Ever find yourself at a party with a beer you can’t open because the bottle opener’s gone missing? Or buy an old-fashioned, glass bottle soda only to realize you can’t drink it because you don’t have a bottle opener in your car?
Solve these common frustrations by printing a few of these nickel coin bottle openers and keeping one in your bag, your house, your car, anywhere you might need to open a cold beverage.
It’s free to download the model and print your own bottle opener at home.
Easy Solutions for Life’s Annoying Little Problems
Why buy a gadget to fix life’s little annoyances when you can design and create one yourself? Develop your creativity and make your life a little easier by 3D-printing new life hacks or ordering them through a 3D-printing service like Shapeways, You3Dit, or MakeXYZ. There are many more.
Believe that there’s a 3D printing revolution that’s on when you aren’t looking. Lisa Harouni’s TED Talk is a 3D primer on one of the most disruptive innovations of this century.
It does not need to end there. Once you master the basics, you can even take it to the next level with extra touches like electroplating your creation, which gives all kinds of 3D-printed products an aesthetically pleasing touch. The bottom line is that only your imagination is the limit for 3D printing.
Have you given 3D printing a thought? What is the one annoying little problem you have in your office or home that you think can be solved with a clever idea? Tell us in the comments!
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