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3D Printed Clamps: The 10 Most Gripping Models

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by Zachary Hay
Dec 9, 2019
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Can't find the perfect clamp for your project? 3D printed clamps could be the solution. Read on to find some great projects!

3D Printed Clamps

Why 3D Print a Clamp?

One of many 3D printable clamp designs
One of many 3D printable clamp designs (Source: jakejake via Cults)

While 3D printed clamps may not be as durable as store-bought ones, their strength may surprise you. There’s also a large variety, making finding the perfect clamp very simple.

With a bit of modeling experience, they allow for customization of shape and size as well, so you can guarantee it will fit where you need it to.

Whether you need a very specific size clamp or you just need something for general use, read on!

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3D Printed Clamps

G-Clamp

This simple and elegant clamp is made of only three pieces
This simple and elegant clamp is made of only three pieces (Source: johann517 via Thingiverse)

What is it? The classic G-shaped clamp, which is perfect for basic applications. This model is a simple yet effective build. It’s only three pieces, making it a very easy and quick print.

Who designed it? johann517

Who printed it? This model has been printed over 500 times, which speaks volumes to its popularity and effectiveness.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

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Hand-Screw Clamp

This model is designed for strength
This model is designed for strength (Source: jakejake via Thingiverse)

What is it? If you want the strongest purely-3D-printed clamp, look no further. The designer made everything as strong as he could, and he even provided instructions on which orientations provide the strongest results. However, this does mean it won’t be the simplest build.

Who designed it? jakejake

Who printed it? This clamp has been printed almost 250 times in a plethora of materials, sizes, and colors!

Where to find it? Thingiverse

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Quick Grip Trigger Clamp

This model is designed for ease of use
This model is designed for ease of use (Source: ARRON_MOLLET22 via Cults)

What is it? This clamp is a very complex model, but it’s built for functionality. It can grip much harder than the other models and is very easy to use, but it does require springs and some assembly.

Who designed it? ARRON_MOLLET22

Who printed it? This clamp has been built by four other users (on Thingiverse), which isn’t surprising considering its complexity. Still, all five makes appear convincingly tough.

Where to find it? Cults

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Quick Clamp

This clamp is quick and easy to use
This clamp is quick and easy to use (Source: LoboCNC via Thingiverse)

What is it? While this model may not be the strongest clamp, it is very easy to use. After minimal assembly and no extra parts, it quickly slides to the desired size and locks in. No screwing or unscrewing required.

Who designed it? LoboCNC

Who printed it? This model has been made by 30 other makers, all of whom appear to be enjoying a little more stability in their workshops.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

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Twistlock Clamp

This model screws and unscrews easily with its knob
This model screws and unscrews easily with its knob (Source: jakejake via Thingiverse)

What is it? This model is a good middle ground, as it combines ease of use, strength, and relatively minimal assembly. The knob makes it easier to get a strong grip, and its thick design makes it very durable.

Who designed it? JakeJake

Who printed it? This model has been downloaded over 200 times, and was successfully printed many times by the creator.

Where to find it? Cults

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Screw Clamp

This model's unique shape allows it to fit in tighter spaces
This model's unique shape allows it to fit in tighter spaces (Source: Jacks-Filament via Thingiverse)

What is it? This is another all-around good clamp, both strong and easy to assemble. In addition, it’s shaped differently from all the others, so it may be able to fit into places that others cannot.

Who designed it? Jacks-Filament

Who printed it? This model has been downloaded over 7000 times and made 14 times, indicating a warm community reception.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

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Vise Clamp

This model can be mounted to a table to hold things while you work
Yes, it really is 3D printed (Source: Rogerio Chaves Gattis via MyMiniFactory)

What is it? Unique from the other models, this design produces a vise clamp. You can mount it to a table in your workshop for a strong and convenient way to hold things while you work. It’ll require some assembly, but it’ll be worth it.

Who designed it? Rogerio Chaves Gattis

Who printed it? Although nobody has shared their creation, this model has been downloaded almost 400 times. Why not change that?

Where to find it? MyMiniFactory

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Customizable G-Clamp

This model is customizable
Need a short clamp? A tall clamp? No problem (Source: 247generator via Thingiverse)

What is it? This model is very similar to other G-clamps but is completely customizable. You can change its thickness, length, and width to get the perfect fit for your application.

Who designed it? 247generator

Who printed it? ABU_JAYDEN successfully printed his customized version of this model.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

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Double Clamp

The model combines two claps for double the clamping power!
The model combines two clamps for double the clamping power! (Source: JULIEN_DACOSTA via Cults)

What is it? This model has two clamping mechanisms attached at a 90-degree angle. This allows you to hold two things together, or mount something to a table.

Who designed it? JULIEN_DACOSTA

Who printed it? This model has bee downloaded almost 400 times.

Where to find it? Cults

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Desk Clamp

This clamp can hold your headphones or other object off of your desk
In case you're running out of desk space (Source: Inventorsquare via MyMiniFactory)

What is it? This model is meant to hang different objects off your desk. It works best with headphones, but it is easily customizable and can work with phones as well.

Who designed it? Inventorsquare

Who printed it? This clamp has been downloaded 88 times, saving 88 desks from holding an additional headphone-sized object.

Where to find it? MyMiniFactory

(Lead image source: jakejake via Thingiverse)

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