DIY 3D prints

Combining 3D prints with other materials.

3D printing is opening a new door for creation, and when you learn to mix and combine your 3D prints with other materials, the sky is the limit.

3D printed dream catcher
3D-printed dream catcher mixed with yarn

DIY projects and personalized décor is seeing a new era with the potential of 3D printers. Why not make your house even homier with your own projects? Something as simple as yarn or string can prompt your 3D design and makes printing more diverse. Sure, it is easier to buy finished décor at the store but creating something from scratch just makes it that much more special. As you probably know, DIY projects have even more potential, when you dare to think outside the box and think creatively. That is when some of the best designs blossom (and some weird ones too).

The process of finding inspiration

If you are designing your own 3D-prints, we invite you to keep in mind that the finished product is not what you see on the STL-files. That could be daunting to some, but we reckon that it is actually an opportunity to think beyond the 3D-printed item. You can assemble these designs however you wish and combine them with other materials or other prints.

What to make then? The first step is figuring out an idea. This might be difficult at times when our creative flow isn’t really working. We suggest looking at other platforms like Pinterest or Thingiverse or even Google Searching ideas for 3D prints. You can also take a look at this article for some more practical ideas. There are lots of inspiration out in the 3D printer community already, and it could easily spark a new idea. The next step is considering which materials to include to complete or complement your design (e.g. plants, fabric, yarn, metal). Plants are becoming more popular as part of 3D projects as they truly can elevate the print and make it become more alive.

3D printed bonsai pot
Bonsai inspired design made with 3D printer

3D print as a supplementary piece

If you are looking into creating DIY projects in general, another strategy to combine materials, is to use the 3D printed part as a complementary part instead of the 3D print being the central piece. With a 3D printer a home, you can easily convince yourself, that every DIY project needs to be 3D printed. Yet there’s another way to utilize your 3D printer in more diverse projects.

 A great example of this is instuctables.com’s custom hexagon shelves. The main focus of this design is the pale wood that makes up the shelves. The yellow and grey parts are connecting all parts and also provide a pop of color. If you are up for a similar project, TonyH0612 from instructables provides a walk-through the design process.

Custom shelves with 3D printed elements
Source: instructables.com. Custom shelves made by mixing 3D print and wood

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