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Why Your Parents ( or Spouse) Should Let You Buy a 3D Printer
Most of the projects presented on this site are 3DP or Workshop related …
For example, these photos are from a collaboration with Al to make a 3D Printed box for his blu-DRO Controller which allows individuals to use their Android Tablet as a Digital Readout on their Milling Machine or Metal Lathe.
3D Printed Household Items
For this post, I would like to show 3D-Printed Household items which I made on my own personal 3D printer as inspiration for others as to what YOU can make at home with a 3D-Printer.
Each item will have a link for more info and/or CAD & .STL files 🙂
Made this 3D Printed ceiling mount for a 100% wire-free, weatherproof, HD ARLO Security Camera that allows me to easily remove the camera to change the batteries every few months.
Even when the bottom screw is loosened the camera stays in place on the 3DP mount due to the camera’s back magnet still touching the mount’s back bolt, allowing me to grip it securely while standing on a ladder.
When I put the camera back on the 3DP mount after changing the batteries, it magnetically clicks in place between the sides holding the camera secure. This allows me to release my hold on it so I can tighten the lower mounting screw.
Not everything created for the household is a complicated 3DP design as shown with these simple 3D Printed Cord Wraps that use Elastic Hair Ties …
It is very common to end up with only a few wraps of filament on a spool, not enough to make the next print, but too much to waste… So I decided to make a few designs for items I could print when I was at the end of a roll.
Even did a Filament Weight Test to know exactly how much I could print.
I use these ‘Hair Tie’ Cord Wraps on so many items that I am constantly having to print more … sometimes even when I am not at the end of a spool.
Spend so much time designing SolidWorks CAD items on the computer that, many years ago, I built a Computer Stand with a swing over monitor and switched my office to a LazyBoy chair ~ It is an incredibly comfortable work space!
I set items I am measuring on top of the Computer Stand, so wanted to keep it clean and needed a good place to store my headphones within easy reach.
The logical solution was to use the all-thread side supports on my computer stand and design a hanger for the headphones to keep them out of the way.
( They don’t affect the Hard-drive *wink* )
When adding the photo above, I noticed the little 3D printed ring I made for my iPhone’s neck strap that keeps my clumsy hands from dropping my phone.
The strap ring is a good example how small of parts can be 3D-Printed 🙂
ANTS … ANTS … and More ANTS!!!
Sometimes the 3D Printer can make items very quickly that are needed in unusual shapes which would be hard to make any other way …
Like many homes we had a mini-ant summer invasion … and by mini I mean the size of the ants … the invasion was massive … Ants everywhere so we needed a solution quickly … Called the exterminator but they would not guarantee they could get rid of mini-ants … So had to come up with a solution of our own.
The solution was using a Borax & Honey Ant bait mixture that the ants would take back to their nest and kill future ants from coming into the house.
Also needed a way to lure the ants to the bait without pets getting to the honey … Something low-profile that could be placed in areas pets can not reach.
It only took about 15 minutes to draw up this ANT BAIT PYRAMID in SolidWorks CAD Software and 3D Print several for around the house.
.STL 3DP files can be found on GrabCAD:
Within 24 hours we did not see another ant for the rest of the year, and each early summer we get the same Ant invasion; however, every year it is gone within 24 hours using these Ant Bait Boxes.
Video of Ants on the Borax & Honey Bait Box:
Turtlebutt the Amazing Adopted Desert Tortoise
We have a Desert Tortoise who is part of the Nevada Tortoise Adoption Program whereby Desert Tortoises that are injured, or born in captivity, must be hosted by volunteers in their backyards.
Turtlebutt is a good sort, he never bites people, very friendly, eats better organic food than we do … and most of all he likes to motor around the backyard somewhat like a bulldozer on legs.
He has grown considerably over the years causing an issue with the Patio bench he likes to walk under … He is a straight-line walking kind of guy, so we had to come up with a solution to raise the bench out of his way so he didn’t keep dragging it across the patio … even though seemed to enjoy moving it each day.
Link to Story: 3D-Printed Bench Leg Extensions
SIMPLE HOUSEHOLD PROJECTS …
I mention a lot that it is the simple things that make a 3D printer helpful …
We had a Window Cleaning Squeegee and the perfect place to hang it in the kitchen pantry but didn’t have the perfect hanger.
Once again … The Solution was to 3D Print a Hanger 🙂
All the items kept falling over in the racks below the Kitchen sink …
Occasionally it is nice to be able to hang items like swimsuits outside to dry, so 3D Printed Laundry Clip-On Hooks that fit on the back of the outdoor patio furniture, as-well-as on a Fold-Out Laundry Rack.
Ya Gotta have Swizzle Sticks for New Years Eve!!!
.STL Files for Swizzle Stick can be found on GrabCAD:
We have an elderly cat that came to live with us many years ago when she was 10 years old … and now at 18 she likes to sleep on my lap when I work on SolidWorks CAD drawings in my LazyBoy Computer Chair.
There was no place to put my keyboard without disturbing her sleep, so quickly 3D-Printed a keyboard mount that connected to my monitor and now Rosie-Cat gets to sleep whenever she wishes.
Last summer some friends invited me to a 4th of July event ~ I sent mini SG Gibson guitar models as a thank you since they are fans of Gibson Guitars.
I wanted a custom mini-stand, so designed & 3D Printed this version …
Lots of Uses for a Household 3D-Printer!!
I was intimidated the first time I used my 3D-Printer; however, now it is just another tool to make things … and the best part is once you press the start button you can walk away and work on other items (or go to bed) and come back later and the 3D Printed item is finished. Yay!! 🙂
3D-Printers may seem like they take a long time to print items, but if you are doing something else during that time the 3D-Printer is making your part, then really it is like getting 2 items done at the same time.
If you get a new 3D-Printer and find yourself stuck on how to draw a household solution … Drop me a comment on here, or @MetalDesigner on Twitter, and we can see what we can come up with for a solution just for the fun of it.
CHEERS!! Charles Marlin ( @MetalDesigner )