What can you make with a 3d printer, a laser cutter or with a CNC mill?

what consumers are producing with 3d printers, laser cutters and cnc mills
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3d manufacturing has removed most barriers for consumers to fulfill their desires. Whenever you cannot find something – today you can make it yourself. And you do not even have to own a 3d printer, laser cutter or CNC mill. Nor do you have to acquire the necessary skills to design a 3d model. Manuthings does that for you. Just enter your briefing and somebody will make it for you!

No ideas what to make?

Check the infographic to see what kinds of items other people make:

  • spare parts,
  • organising tools
  • tools
  • fashion
  • art
  • accessories
  • sport equipment
  • hobby items
  • gardening items
  • learning utensils
  • household articles
  • game items
  • jewellery
  • sculptures
  • toys
  • logos
  • signs
  • gadgets
  • prototypes

Additive Manufacturing and 3D-printing

3d printer

How does it work?

1 Design
CAD with Fusion360
An object is created using CAD-software (computed aided design software). The object is filed in a specific format, mostly STL or OBJ.

2 Slicing
Sliced 3d Object
Printer-specific software is used to analyse the design file, set scale and arrange material specific settings. The most important step is to check the slicing, which determines the way the object is being printed.

3 Printing
3d printer
The instructions from slicing are passed to the printer either directly from a connected computer or by USB sticks or SD cards. A few settings on the printer have to be specified, the print head needs to be heated, filament inserted and printing can be started. Depending on the size and complexity of the objects, minutes to hours are needed for the printing process.

4 Post-printing
3d printed ball
Support beams have to be eliminated. Depending on the use of the object, some fine tuning is necessary, e.g. rasping the model, colouring, applying lacquer, putting objects together, etc.

There are more than 20 different methods of additive manufacturing, but this 4 step process is the same for most of them. Below are a few infographics for further reading.

You do not have to learn CAD, slicing and printing yourself to be able to manufacture your ideas. MANUTHINGS does that for you – just submit a briefing and we do the rest.

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Cube Cubes

3d printed interlinked cubes

How many little cubes form this bigger one?
82, 45, 32 or 27?

You can see 27, but in the middle are another 5.
4 of them as the next level holding the 27 together and one in the middle, holding the 4 together. That makes 32 the right answer.

I saw this in a FabLab as a demo what is possible in 3d-printing, because you can hang things together and produce them that way. So I wanted to try myself. It took me some work to create the cubes and hang them together in 3d software without touching any of the beams and risk a clogged up result.

The rest was refreshingly easy. The STL came out flawless and I really liked the manufactured result. It can be used as a work of art or jewellery.

If you want me to make you one, go to “Art” and drop me a line.

Soap Dish

3d printed nickel soap dish

You know the problem with soap dishes: most of them hold the water and soon the soap swims in water and is dissolved.

I wanted to keep my oval soap dish but insert a little bed that keeps the soap dry. Due to the design of the dish, I wanted the bed to appear classic. So I downloaded an ornament pattern and resized it to the size of the ground where the soap is placed.

In 3d software, I solidified the ornament pattern, exported an STL, identified a few spots that were to fragile, corrected them and uploaded the new STL to a 3d service. Of all the materials offered (e.g. plastic, steel, bronze, gold, ceramic) I opted for nickel, because it is very similar to the aluminum of the soap dish.

Do you like the result in the picture? Want one? Find it in “Accessories“.

Card Holder

3d printed card holder with clamp

This credit card holder is open on one side and has a window in the middle of both sides to make it possible to flip out the card needed. The clever part is the bending of the window to the inside, so that the cards are being held tight and cannot just slip out. It can hold

I created a box in 3d software and solidified all faces. Then I designed the organic holes pattern and cut it into front and back. The exported STL showed some troubled walls in the heat map. I made these parts a little stronger until a flawless print was possible.

I opted for yellow nylon plastic for its hard but flexible structure and had it 3d printed. You can see the result in the picture.

Do you want one? Find it in Accessories.

Rear Rack for Bicycles

A bicycle rack for € 70,-? Self developed, custom fitted, no prior crafts experience, no CAD/CAM, no woodwork skills?

bicycle rear rack made from nylon plastic joints and wooden beams

This is the story of how everybody can develop and manufacture a perfectly working product today. Things that were possible only with at least a little investment can be done literally for no money today. The manufacturing cost for this bicycle rear rack was in range with the retail prices of regular racks run from 30 – 150 €. But this one fit the requirements much better than anything on can buy on the market.

rear rack for bicyclesThis was not my first work, but the one with the most work steps. Therefore, it was impressive, how the construction worked out. The rack is not for heavy weights and not for extreme biking. I would not recommend that for mountain biking. But it holds 5 kilograms (26 pounds), which is enough for 6 bottles of wine or my sports bag or my grocery shopping.

Bicycle rear rack made from 3d printed joints connecting wooden beamsMy goal was to have a rear rack that I can easily attach and take off, that helps me to carry minor loads like a sports bag or my grocery shopping. The load is to be fixed to the rack with straps.

I started by measuring the beams of the bike, especially the seat tubes and the seat stay. Seat stays of most bikes have a little beam where the rear brakes are located. This beam with the seat stays forms a triangle, and I thought:
It must be possible to hang the rack on the seat tube and support the weight by resting on the little triangle.

bike rack with sports bag
Carrying a little sport bag
bike rack with attached sports bag from above
attached sports bag from above

So I went to the drawing board. I downloaded a 3d bike model as a base and worked on it in Blender, adapting the width and angles of the bike parts to resemble my own bike.

Then I developed the general construction. When my concept worked out on the drawing board, I prepared the crucial part for manufacturing. The beams were to be made of wood from the DIY-store.

I decided to have the connecting parts 3d-printed and converted my construction drawing into STL format. After uploading my STL-files, my 3d-printing service located a few crucial parts that could result in manufacturing failures. I corrected them in Blender, exported to STL and tried again. This time, I got encouraging feedback and decided to hit the “go” button!

bike rack with backpack
bike rack with backpack

My objects were delivered one week later and I liked the result. I went to the DIY-store and got the beams in the right width, cut them into the right proportions, went home and put it all together.

Bike rack with a box
Bike rack with a box

The result was breathtaking as you can see in the pictures! The rack was really easy to attach and stayed save in place. I put weights on it and the rack carried them without any problem. I went out for a ride with six 1 Liter bottles (=6kg / 13 lbs) and all went perfectly well. I am safe to say, that my bike rack is good for 5kg as are most racks that are not attached to the cogset.

Do you want one?
Check it out on indiegogo or on eBay!

 

bike rack with 6 water bottles
bike rack with 6 water bottles
bike rack with 6 water bottles from behind
bike rack with 6 water bottles from behind

Spare Parts, Replacement Parts

3d Model rendered

Making your own parts has become a lot easier in the last few years. Nevertheless, it’s not everybody’s thing to acquire CAD skills, 3d know-how and to find the right prototype factory.

MANUTHINGS provides you experts for that. All you have to do is to give them a detailed briefing with exact measurements. Ideally, if you have the part to be replaced (broken or a spare one), you just send it to the designer, for him to take the measurements.

All you have to do as a first step is to describe your need in a briefing and hit the submit button.

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Organizing

Your tool, your shoes, your dishes, your desk. It all needs some containers to keep it organised. But whatever you can buy, it’s always a little compromise. Do not compromise any longer, just make your organizing containers yourself!

3d printed toolbox

Box for Screwdriver Set
PLA, 20x8cm

Customised for client

Make your own


shoe organizer

Shoe Organizer
PLA or nylon plastic
can be customized to shoe sizes
Buy one
or
Make your own


box with red handles
Box with 4 Handles
Hard polished plastic, 15x20x15cm
Buy one
or
Make your own