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20 Great 3D Prints for Easy Accessibility

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There is no denying that 3D printing can make our lives easier. Below are some of the best inventions which can help you out on a daily basis either in a big or small way.

#1: Fork and Spoon Support for Person with Disabilities

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What‘s that? This multiple support can be used with either a fork or a spoon to allow for an easier grip. It works as a single piece that fits the shape of the hand and different types of forks and spoons, as well as a variety of other supports. The structure has two holes where to pass and to fit the eating utensils.

Where can I get it? Check out this design on MyMiniFactory.


#2: Rubik’s Cube for Blind People and Partially Sighted

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What‘s that? This Rubik’s cube’s faces have braille instead of colors so partially sighted or blind people can join in on the fun too. The designer said this is the result of an experiment which was run with 33 students from two high schools in Ioannina, Greece. Students were asked to collaboratively design creative artefacts, most of them carrying messages in Braille language. The objects are then shared with blind children in order to use 3D printing as a way to create a new medium of collaboration between blind and non-blind people. Apparently, the experience so far has been very positive.

Where can I get it? Check out this design on MyMiniFactory.

#3: Smokesnap

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What‘s that? 3DBrooklyn are all about creating prints which make every day tasks easier, including the perfect smoking companion. This design helps you to travel light and efficiently with your cigarettes lighter in hand. The Smokesnap conveniently holds 7 cigarettes safely inside, held in by your lighter which slides down into the snap, making it hard to misplace without going unnoticed.

Where can I get it? You can find this awesome idea on 3DBrooklyn.

#4: Pizza Valve Caps

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What‘s that? For anyone who uses wheels on a daily basis, this design could be a must-have. Spicing up your wheels; these bike caps are meant for Presta valves and protect your threads from dirt and debris. Also, they are much easier to operate than the small ones.

Where can I get it? You can find this cool design on 3DBrooklyn.

#5: Keyper

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What‘s that? A screw post keychain holder, perfect addition to the bottom of your bungee keychain so that finding your keys is never difficult.

Where can I get it? You can find this on 3DBrooklyn.

#6: Wheelchair-Ramp for One Step

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What‘s that? Raúl Aguayo-Krauthausen is a German disability rights activist and founder of Selfpedia, a sharing platform of ideas. He started to design the ramp for himself. He said: “As a wheelchair-user I often need to overcome a step in front of a building, a shop, cafe or bar. Therefore I had the idea of printing me my own small ramp. It has to be as small as possible to carry it in my bag, when I’m on my way through Berlin.”

Where can I get it? If you need an easier way to navigate too, then download and print this design on Thingiverse.


#7: Universal Hand Grip for Cutlery

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What‘s that? The cutlery handle works universally for anyone who needs a little help with their grip. This design is appropriate for flat a metal knife, fork or spoon. The designer suggests printing in a soft material such as Ninjaflex and playing with the infill density to help the handle harder or softer.

Where can I get it? You can find this design on Thingiverse.

#8: FiGo – Dog Wheelchair

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What‘s that? The designer said: “Wheelchairs for domestic animals are very expensive and often inaccessible to many pet owners. This is not always the most welcoming solution for individuals who need a pet wheelchair for their animals at short notice, on a budget, at a remote location, or perhaps for temporary purposes. This project empowers individuals to build their pet’s wheelchair with the combination of digital fabrication (3D printing) and traditional making.”

Where can I get it? Check out this design on Thingiverse.

#9: Bottle Opener

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What‘s that? This device helps anyone who has difficulty doing any movements which require hand strength, such as opening a plastic bottle. The design works by simply placing the palm of the hand on the bottle opener and doing a simple wrist rotation, you can easily open a bottle with no need to tighten the cap hard. The project won the 1st prize at the 3D print Exhibition during Maker Faire 2013 in Rome.

Where can I get it? You can find the design for free on 3DCults.

#10: Cane Tip

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What‘s that? If you have been looking for a more personalized tip for your cane, then look no further. This cane tip was designed to be printed in a rubber material and a fender washer needs to be placed in the print part way through. The fender washer prevents the end of the cane from chewing through the tip.

Where can I get it? You can find this design on YouMagine.

#11: Python Utility Hand For Printed Accessory Mounts

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What‘s that? This is a great new take on a prosthetic hand design. The designer said: “I figure, with standard prosthetic hands, sometimes fingers can get in the way. Or, If you need to paint a house, or want to go camping etc.. no need to get your good hand all dirty, that kind of thing.” There are countless ideas for attachments from a paint brush to a Nerf gun.

Where can I get it? Check out this interesting take on a prosthetic hand on YouMagine.


#12: Hackcess Handy Holder

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What‘s that? If you’re always on the go and find your wheelchair has no place for a coffee cup holder, then look no further as this designer has a solution for you. This modular design can be printed a fiew hours, and attached easily to any wheelchair with a 30mm diameter frame or bar. It also comes with attachment for holding a disposable coffee/tea mug.

Where can I get it? More about the project get be found here or check out this design on MyMiniFactory.

#13: Toilet Room Sign – Accessible

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What‘s that? This awesome toilet room sign is suitable for mounting on a door or a wall. You could consider using it in your home or even in a restaurant or cafe. The interesting design is definitely one of a kind.

Where can I get it? Check out this design on 3DCults.

#14: Medical Finger Brace

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What‘s that? This design comes from the winners of the iMakr 3D printing Hackathon – Imperial College, and was inspired by finger injuries. It works easily as a modular support/bracing device that ergonomically fits and supports the index, middle and ring finger. Its modular capabilities allows users to support and brace 1-3 fingers with suppported attachments. Each design can be customised to the users anthopometrics, offering better functionality and comfortability.

Where can I get it? If you happen to have a finger injury, then check out this design on YouMagine.

#15: Plug Pull

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What‘s that? The designer said of this design: “This is a plug handle that has easy grip surface that minimises hand strain and conserves your energy. It can be used with British plugs with different forms and dimensions.”

Where can I get it? Check out this design on MyMiniFactory.

#16: Paper Cups Holder

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What‘s that? This is a support for anyone with disabilities that finds it hard to hold paper cups. The design is incredibly easy to use, just insert the cup in the holder. It can even be used for different sized cups, however, make sure not to use it for hot drinks because of the low melting point of PLA!

Where can I get it? Check out this design on MyMiniFactory.


#17: Umbrella Holder for Wheelchair

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What‘s that? The designer said: “I came to this idea the other day watching a fellow getting soaked while he rolled his wheelchair wearing a cloak under the rain. I don’t know if you can find somerthing alike in the shops, but he didn’t have one and surely he would have found it really handy if he had had it then. So here it is, for the benefit of all of you that are less fortunate than me and cannot walk (but in any case, still like to get out when it is raining). ”

Where can I get it? Check out the design from MyMiniFactory here.

#18: Ring Pull Can Opener

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What‘s that? This is a support for people with less ability to open ring pull cans. It is suitable for users with either arthritis or a weak grip and extremely easy to use. All you need to do is to hook the end under the ring, fold it forwards and then roll back, voila!

Where can I get it? Check out this design on MyMiniFactory.

#19: Pen Holder for Hand Support

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What‘s that? This is another great support for anyone who is unable to use a pen to write. It is a support that allows you to load a 8 mm diameter pen on the “Hand support”. The advantage is the possibility to write without the use of the fingers in case of articulation problems.

Where can I get it? Check out this design on MyMiniFactory.

#20: Whisky Packaging for the Blind – Support Free

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What‘s that? The designer said: “The first in what I hope to be a growing collection of tactile packaging for the blind and partially sighted, the aim being to help them to enjoy, and assist with differentiating between, different brands of a variety of products. This design features a Braille plaque which reads ‘Glenlivet Archive 21’,  sculpted cinnamon sticks and hazelnut – the key palate flavours of this particular scotch, and part of Ballindoch Castle, a notable building from the village in Scotland where Glenlivet originates, and where it’s distillery is based.”

Where can I get it? Check out this design on MyMiniFactory.