3D printers might seem pricey, but by using them to create essential things you’d otherwise buy, it’s been estimated that they can pay for themselves in as little as a year.
We’ve collected together some of our favourite everyday items that can be 3D printed. Read on – and consider whether it might be time for you to join the 3D printing revolution...
Need something to keep your morning soft-boiled egg steady while you dip in the soldiers? An eggcup is easy work for a 3D printer: this particular one can be downloaded from Cuboyo for home printing for US$1, and should take less than an hour to print.
Splashing out on a premium leather wallet might make you feel like a big spender – but it’ll also result in less cash inside that wallet. The alternative is to 3D print your own “hard” wallet: this design can be downloaded free-of-charge and has plenty of space for coins, notes and credit cards. Maybe even a folded up picture of your sweetheart.
A basic plastic iPhone case will likely set you back at least £15, but this design, which comes from MakerBot themselves, is totally free. What’s more it’s customisable: you can use MakerBot’s own online Customizer app to personalise the rear mesh. Available for both the iPhone 4 and 5 shapes.
What’s cheaper than disposable razors? Razors you print yourself – and don’t have to chuck away after a few stubble shearings. This free design allows you to attach a standard razor blade, which can be replaced for pennies when required.