10 Actually Useful Things You Can Make With A 3D Printer

garlic press

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Remember dot matrix printers?Remember how little you missed them when you upgraded to a LaserJet?

Even though we’re in a “dot matrix era” of personal 3D printers, there’s enough interest to know that they’ll continue to be refined and further improved until we enter a LaserJet era.

But a 3D-printed object doesn’t have to be pretty to serve a practical purpose.

Here are 10 things you can make on a 3D printer today that are actually somewhat useful.

This working padlock and its key are made entirely out of plastic.

This lamp is made out of several smaller pieces that snap together.

For the musicians, you can make a pickup holder for acoustic guitars.

This hydroelectric generator used 3D printed parts to generate electricity after the earthquake in Japan in 2011.

Need some kitchen tools? Here's a garlic press.

You can even make measuring cups in super-specific sizes.

The platform for this roving Wi-Fi camera system was built on a 3D printer.

You can make a fully functional combination lock.

Print a sustain pedal for your keyboard.

If you need a hand with the groceries, you can print a bag holder to make it a little easier.

BONUS: It's not exactly useful, but we loved the detail that went into this dragon automaton. It flaps its wings as you turn the crank.

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