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14 Fun Things to 3D Print in an Hour (or Less)

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Massively complicated print jobs that need 48 hours to complete? Forget about it! Here are 14 fun things to 3D print in an hour (or less).

We’re all busy people. Sometimes we haven’t the time to wait for days and days before a print job is finished. And worse still if the print job gets all futzed up at the eleventh hour, and you have to start all over again.

No. Sometimes, we just want to print something just for fun, something which won’t take longer than an hour. Here are 14 fun things to print that are so simple, they’ll be finished in 60 minutes or less.

Please note: These timings have been checked for accuracy on an Ultimaker 2, but keep in mind that some 3D printers will perform faster than others, and you’ll probably have tweaked your machine for your own optimal speeds and settings.

14 Fun Things to 3D Print in an Hour (or Less)


Fun Things to 3D Print #1: Smart One Handed Bottle Opener

Trying to improve on the basic design of a bottle opener is a favorite pastime of the maker scene. Case in point is this one handed bottle opener. Because, hey, using two hands to open that beer is one hand too many.

Time to 3D print: 1 hour

Where can I get?  YouMagine Download.

Fun Things to 3D Print #2: Whistle

Make some noooooooize with this 3D printed whistle. Suitable for use by lifeguards, traffic cops, school teachers, and party animals. Oh, and of course, give it to a kid to inflict some pain on your eardrums.

Time to 3D print: 30 mins

Where can I get? Thingiverse Download.

Fun Things to 3D Print #3: Shark Comb

Coif your locks into a towering sharknado with this snazzy grooming tool. But what if you have shoulder-length hair? You’re gonna need a bigger comb.

Time to 3D print: 1 hour

Where can I get? YouMagine Download.

Fun Things to 3D Print #4: Simple Toothpaste Squeezer

Staying in the bathroom, this item is perhaps *the* most useful thing on this list. It’s a simple toothpaste squeezer, maximizing your dental hygiene to its fullest potential. Also, don’t forget to floss.

Time to 3D print: 30 mins

Where can I get? Thingiverse Download.

Fun Things to 3D Print #5: Book Owls

Can you remember a time when people read things called BOOKS made out of PAPER and stuff? Gift your nearest bookworm with these owl-shaped book marks, and watch them hoot with pleasure.

Time to 3D print: 1 hour

Where can I get? YouMagine Download.


Fun Things to 3D Print #6: Earbud Case

Those precious earbuds need better care than being stuffed down your pocket. Print off this excellent little spool design, which protects the jack and phones, whilst keeping the cord free of tangles.

Time to 3D print: 30 mins

Where can I get? Thingiverse Download.

Fun Things to 3D Print #7: Men's Wallet

This is a collection of wallets with geometric patterns and branding, each of which can be individually customized or resized. The clever thing is that each wallet is printed flat, as a single sheet, which can then be folded into shape.

Time to 3D print: 1 hour

Where can I get? YouMagine Download.

Fun Things to 3D Print #8: Touring Bike Business Card

After you’ve printed a wallet, queue up this business card next. Why? Because it’s a miniature clip-out model card of a touring bike. Fits perfectly inside your new wallet, ready to amaze and delight your friends.

Time to 3D print: 1 hour

Where can I get? Thingiverse Download.

Fun Things to 3D Print #9: Gearbox Keychain

Bike nuts will love this ornamental keychain with two working gears, spinning smoothly at a gear ratio of 1.5:1. Remixes on Thingiverse feature added extra gears, for treble the fun.

Time to 3D print: 50 mins

Where can I get? Thingiverse Download.

Fun Things to 3D Print #10: Sink Fountain

Bored? Convert your kitchen or bathroom sink into a fountain for easy mouth rinsing. Simply plug a hole on the underside with your finger, and hey presto, a classy water feature is yours to enjoy.

Time to 3D print: 30 mins

Where can I get? YouMagine Download.

Fun Things to 3D Print #11: SHARKZ Multipurpose Clips

Surprise! Another shark on the list! This is a cool print that puts the FUN back into FUNctional, being useful for a variety of things. Clips for bags, holding notes, even as pegs for your clothes line. It’s 3D printing with BITE.

Time to 3D print: 35 mins

Where can I get? Thingiverse Download.

Fun Things to 3D Print #12: 3DBenchy

The jolly 3D printing torture test is totally worthy of inclusion here. Not only is it a pretty little steamboat, it’s also been carefully designed to test and calibrate the settings on your 3D printer.

Time to 3D print: 1 hour

Where can I get? YouMagine Download.

Fun Things to 3D Print #13: Cable Holder (or Cable Clip) cable holder

Keeping wires and cables out of harms way is a problem experienced by every modern desk jockey. This nifty cable holder is the solution. Comes in three variations, one sized for smartphone cabes, one standard for fixing in place, and another that can be weighed down with coins.

Time to 3D print: 45 mins

Where can I get? Thingiverse Download.

Make like an executive peacock and fan out your business cards on this circular card holder. It’s a simple, but effective design for the desktop. Can also be adapted for postcards, letters, and greeting cards. Do people still send those?

Time to 3D print: 45 mins

Where can I get? Thingiverse Download.

That’s the end of our recommendations for things to 3D print in an hour or less. What do you think? Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below.

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