Geek Projects Special: 3D Printing

What to print (part one)

Still think 3D printers are nothing more than frivolous ornament factories? Think again…

T-Rex Shower Head A potentially tricky print, but a rewarding one if your showerhead has recently had an unfortunate run-in with the bathroom floor. Just print without supports and make sure your machine is perfectly calibrated, otherwise you’ll get leaks and general shower mayhem.bit.ly/trexshowerhead

Superhero Cookie Cutters Before you ‘3D print’ (bake) some biscuits, give them a touch of Superman or Batman. For speedy printing choose ‘perimeters’ rather than an ‘infill’ (the density of the print), and remember that 3D-printed objects aren’t dishwasher-proof.bit.ly/superherocookies

XL-RCM 10.0 Pixxy We’d only just wrapped our heads around pocket drones when we discovered this 3D-printable model. Naturally, you need to buy a few parts like radios and motors, but we’ve seen no better project for making you feel like you’re living in the future.bit.ly/pocketdrone

Floating photo frame Proving that simple prints don’t have to mean useless novelty objects is this fine starter project. The printed bracket just needs the addition of a single screw, and it’s easy to swap your seedy stag-do snaps out for artistic sunrises when the parents are over.bit.ly/floatingphoto

What to print (part two)

OpenReflex camera Yes, you can now print a camera (lens not included) for a total cost of around £20 (RM115). A plastic, film camera, but a working, homemade snapper nonetheless, complete with mirror viewfinder and mechanical shutter. Along with a 3D printer, you’ll just need a vinyl cutter and a series of screws and bolts (for a full list, go to the link below).bit.ly/3dprintedcamera

BabyNES The Raspberry Pi isn’t short of novelty cases, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want one that turns into a tiny Nintendo. Designed for the B+ version, this just needs a lick of paint, a microSD card, the RetroPie emulator and a USB controller to have you directing Mario, Luigi et al.bit.ly/3dprintednes

Wrench Many 3D-printable tools have separate parts that need assembling, but this one comes fully formed straight out of the printer. Best printed in ABS plastic, which is stronger than PLA – just remove the supports with a knife and you’ll use it to tinker with your bike in no time.bit.ly/3dprintedwrench

Wii Racing Wheel You could buy a Mario Kart 8 racing wheel for £15 (RM85), but where’s the fun in that? Boost your geek cred and save some beer money in the process with this simple print. The build time is around eight hours, so set it off in the morning and you’ll have a new wheel to snap your Wii Remote into by sundown.bit.ly/wiiracingwheel

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