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    Practical home use of 3D printing?

    I have had a 3d printer for 2 years. started with a makerfarm i3v kit and then later custom made myself a corexy openbuilds machine.
    I enjoy tinkering/building but once the printer was tweaked and done. I really have no need to use it. I have made a few little odds and ends to help fix something but it has sat idle for 4 months.

    What practical home use application have you found for your 3d printer?

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    I make a lot of stuff for round the house.
    Also stuff for friends who turn up with a bit of broken pastic and say: 'can you make one of these'.

    Adaptors, brackets fair bit of stuff for my dads shooting.
    Last project was a stand for a 400 year old carved coral sling bullet I got from a guy from guam at the recent international slingers convention in mallorca.
    Made a laser engraved plaque insert as well. It's made from colorfabbs wood filament.
    Not the best picture as I was using my tablet. It's not slanted either that's just one of thoise perspective things:


    There's generally something that needs designing or fixing.
    Next project is a colostomy bag holder for a friend's partners wheelchair.

    I've made stuff going from small battery compartment covers for my dads hand warmers - so far the only thing I've had to use a support with - all the way up large rubber bungs for my mates new roof gutter system and heavy duty telescopic legs for a wooden garden trough that had to go on a slanted bit of garden.

    Also made some crumb scrapers for the local tech college restaurant - they've all gone 'walkabout' despite my putting the restaurant name on them. So they need some more of those.
    The second batch they'll have to pay for :-)

    There's a distinct lack of commercial jobs, but on the domestic front there's always something to keep openscad and my brain working :-)
    And the way I figure it the more people around here who know what I can do, the more chance there is of a decent paying job turning up eventually.
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    Hi,

    There are many practical uses for 3D printing, for example Pinshape.com has a lot of great design work.
    This is my most recent print:

    https://pinshape.com/3d-printed-obje...ning-soap-dish

    The part was finished using polyester filler, lots of sanding, spray painting and coated with XTC3D resin.

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    The part was finished using polyester filler, lots of sanding, spray painting and coated with XTC3D resin.
    lmao - the 3d printing part seems a little redundant ;-)

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    I know, well it's a good structure, but then I went all crafty on it to prepare for bathroom use.
    My girlfriend has an IKEA-like tolerability with 3D printed objects - only a certain percentage of it is allowed per room.
    Only a few 3D printed objects, like vases, are especially nice to put in interiors. We also have printed lots of food molds over the years.

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    That is a nice piece by the way, the laser engraving works well.

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