15 Useful and Functional Things Can be 3D Printed

3D printing is a door to unlimited creation world. You can print almost everything you like, props, artistic designs, manufacturers, and other functional objects. In this article, we will show you some 3D printed things that are really useful and helpful in your daily life. 

3D Printed Smartphone Stand

As many people spend considerable time on smartphones every day, the first useful thing 3D printable for daily life must be a smartphone stand. This design of the smartphone stand provides multiple viewing angles and a quick grab/release mechanism system. With well-designed gears and chains, it can grab and lock your phone in when you let go and release when you pick up the phone. Files of this stand are decomposed into small parts so that it’s printable on an Anet A8V2, which has a compact design with a 200*200*250 build volume.

Designer: ARRON_MOLLET22

Download from: Cults3d (Link: https://cults3d.com/en/3d-model/gadget/mechanical-quick-grab-release-phone-stand )

Bag Stopper

The thin freezer bags without sealing strips are not easy to seal and pour. You can 3D print a cap on your Anet A8 V2 and install it on your bags so that you can easily pour your food out by twisting off the cap. Also, it can significantly help you isolate your food from humidity.

Designer: HELIOX

Download from: Cults3d (Link: https://cults3d.com/en/3d-model/home/bouchon-pour-sac )

Functional Wrench

This wrench is one of the most well-known functional 3D prints. It’s not only famous for its practicability, but also for its calibration. They say that if you print this wrench successfully and it works well, meaning your 3D printer is perfectly calibrated. This wrench is recommended to print with ABS filament for its high strength.

Designer: barspin

Download from: Thingiverse (Link: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:139268 )

Pots and Planter

Pots, planters, or vases, which are used for containing plants, can be one of the categories that have the most styles to choose from. Minimalism style, artistic creativity or cartoon, you can always find the styles you like best. Without much-complicated structure, all of them are easy to print. Just make sure if you print a planter with PLA filament, don’t put it under sunshine. Are they functional? That’s Depending on your planting skill.

Thorn Remover

There are also countless models of vase you can find on the Internet, you can print one on Anet A8 V2, and décor some flowers in your room. If you like roses, you definitely can’t miss this design. This is a flower stem cleaner with three sizes holes to fit different flowers. It can help you quickly remove thorns, branches and leaves without hand hurts.

Designer: MaxFunkner

Download: Thingiverse (Link: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1644855 )

Pencil Holder

Likewise the vases, there are a variety of pen or pencil holder models on the Internet. This model is specially designed for colored pencils. The designer provides an open CAD file so that you can customize the amount and slope of the pencils. No need for support or other advanced settings, this pencil holder is a newbie-friendly design and easy to show off to your friends.

Designer: net_id

Download from: Thingiverse (Link: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:797104 )

Door Lock Hook

Do you have cabinets that can’t keep the door close tight? Or a sliding door in need of a latch? Try this design. You can install it on any door you want with two screws or some super glue. You can easily lock or open the door with it working as both a lock and a handle.

Designer: simonitis

Download from: Thingiverse (Link: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4734199 )

SD Card Toaster

Can’t find your SD card again? You need specific storage for SD cards. What about this cute toaster that can store two SD cards at one time. Press the SD cards they will go into the toaster and pop up when you press the level. There isn’t any assembly requires you can just print it on your Anet A8 V2 and get it to work directly.

Designer: DEHAPRO

Download from: Cults3d (Link: https://cults3d.com/en/3d-model/gadget/sd-card-toaster-print-in-place )

Stand for Cotton Swab Sticks and Discs

A functional print has to bring some improvement to your life. This design helps you tidy your makeup table in a convenient way. You also can put makeup brushes in it. It’s a beginner-friendly design that you can easily print without any parameter tweak. There is a pro version that added a lid linked to the download page. You can choose as you need.

Designer: Ruvimkub

Download from: Thingiverse (Link: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4762427 )

Cable Holder

This is a design of ratchet that can hold your cables together and tidy. There are various sizes available in the files that come as pre-assembled. You can print and get started effortlessly depends on the amount of cable you need to tidy.

Designer: fns720

Download from: Prusaprinters (Link: https://www.prusaprinters.org/prints/19378-ratchets/user-gcodes )

Chopsticks Helper

How delicious is the Chinese food, how tricky are chopsticks using. Different from other chopsticks helpers which turn your chopsticks into tweezers, this design helps keep your chopsticks aligned by minimizing side movement. So that, you can easily control your chopsticks in the right way. If your chopsticks are too thin or too thick for this helper, you can adjust the Z-scale to ensure a snug fit for your chopsticks.

Designer: muzz64

Download from: Thingiverse (Link: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1024981 )

Tape Dispenser

Trying to rip off the tape while both hands are occupied is one of the most annoying moments. This tape dispenser allows you to rip off the tape with one hand. You can hold the dispenser when you pulling the tape or you also can put it on the table and cut a piece of tape. Of cause, tape dispensers are easy to get everywhere, but since it’s really simple to be printed, you can 3D print one on your own as a practice.


Download from: Cults3d (Link: https://cults3d.com/en/3d-model/tool/tape-dispenser )

Paper Clip

Can’t find your paper clips again? These little things are really easy to disappear, especially when you need them. What about 3D print one when you are in need? This paper clip model is quick and easy to print. It’s designed in a flat shape so that the clip won’t stick out too much from the book.

Designer: 3DLAYERUP

Download from: Cults3d (Link: https://cults3d.com/en/3d-model/tool/paperclip-bookmark )

Measuring Cube

Still use a chain of measuring spoons when cooking and baking? Measuring spoons are surely useful, but you can try this improved-designed measuring cube, which allows you to measure the different amounts of flavors with a single cube. With a minimalist-designed appearance, it’s more easy-to-use and easy to clean.

Designer: TOUT-A-1-EURO

Download from: Cults3d (Link: https://cults3d.com/en/3d-model/home/cube-doseur )

3D Printed Desk Organizer

You always need a desk organizer for your pens, tools, clips and post-its. If you have printed a couple of objects, you can try to customize a desk organizer depending on your demand using 3D modeling software. Otherwise, you are also free to choose on your like from the existing model shared by net users. There are plenty of models of desk organizers available on the Internet.

Designer: Byzantium3D

Download from: Thingiverse (Link: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4156869 )

Except for things full of creation and interest, we all want to print something that really helps improve the daily life of our family and friends. It’s not that difficult to make your 3D printer more functional, you can do it with an entry-level 3D printer like Anet A8 V2. You can open the door to limitless making world at a very budget price. And all these useful and helpful prints will be accessible.

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