30+ Easy and Fun Things to 3D Print at Home 2022
Everyone likes to have fun, and as nice as it is to turn to old favorite pastimes for entertainment, there’s nothing quite like discovering new ways to enjoy yourself.
There are so many things we can do with 3D printing. From car repair to dental procedures, 3D printing has changed lives and businesses the world over. But there’s no reason we can’t have a little fun with our 3D printers!
In my time writing for 3DSourced, I’ve come across a lot of quick, easy, cool, and fun 3D prints that I’ve bookmarked for future use, and here I’m going to share a few of my favorites for you to enjoy today.
When writing about 3D printed fidget toys, I came across Snakez. These neat little serpents are segmented so they can move about. A popular toy for children and adults alike, you can have a lot of fun printing them out and making them wiggle around!
They’re far less complicated than they look. As one-piece designs, 3D printing these toys is a piece of cake. Snakez are a cute addition to any desk or toy chest and make for an excellent fidget toy or even something for your pets to enjoy.
If you want something with a little more detail, then why not try out these articulated dragons for a fun 3D print that adds a touch of the mythological to your play?
Continuing the quirky trend of replacing Zs with Ss, Piranhaz are equally fun 3D prints that you can print in any size and color. With their biting jaws, they can even be practical too as clothes pegs or wire organizers.
If you want all of the fish with none of the bite, then check out these Fish Fossilz which move around just like they’re swimming.
When I was in high school, I used to mess around a lot with crocodile clips. I never knew why, I just thought they were kind of fun to attach to my fingers or just clamp onto things. Clearly, I wasn’t the only one, as I quickly came across these literal crocodile clips that bring back that old joy.
There are so many 3D printable animals out there to try, and many to make your own. Pick your favorite and get to printing, you can’t go wrong!
Easter Egg Holders
Easter is a fun time for many people regardless of religious affiliation. After all, who doesn’t like an excuse to eat a ton of chocolate?
There’s something adorable and fun in these Easter egg holders shaped like traditional bunnies to display with your Cadbury treats during the build up to the day we get to indulge again. Some call it teasing, I call it motivation.
Ultimate Sandcastle Kit
I love the beach. The sand between your toes, the rolling waves, the promise of relaxation, and, of course, sandcastles.
Sandcastle building is a true joy amusing kids and adults alike all over the world, so much so that there are even art displays and competitions all about what kind of structures people build from the sand.
I don’t know about you, but I was always just awful at sandcastle construction, made even more embarrassing by the fact that I grew up on a beach. So I’ve bookmarked this ultimate sandcastle kit as a fun 3D print so that doesn’t happen again!
Some may say that using stencils like these defeats the point, but they aren’t merely shapers. They’re a cool 3D print designed to let you build structures like the pyramids of Giza or the roman colosseum, things most beachgoers couldn’t dream of building with their hands alone.
Wolf Whistle Keychain
Whistles are pretty neat, they’re great for looking after kids or pets, useful for sports, and are good to have in case of emergencies.
Finding designs for various whistles as cool 3D prints is pretty easy, but my favorite is this wolf whistle because of its appearance and design. Depending on where you blow, the whistle will produce different pitches.
As a simple one-print project, you won’t need to put a lot of effort into this fun keychain, the only real difficulty is getting the keyrings to fit.
If the wolf design isn’t your cup of tea, then you’ll be happy to know that this two-tone whistle design is just as easy to make and works the same way.
You read that right. This cool 3D print came from a teacher looking to teach their class about engineering, and it just looks really fun.
After inflating the balloon and letting the car go, the air will escape out the back ‘exhaust’ Batmobile style and propel the car forward. It’s really fun and couldn’t be simpler to print, you just need to nail the wheels to the body and boom!
If you like, you can even print out some caps for the back exhaust so the car makes different noises as it goes!
Remember when yo-yos were huge? I’m not sure if it was a revitalization by The Simpsons, but growing up in the ‘90s I had a lot of fun playing with Yo-Yos in the schoolyard and learning tricks from my friends.
Yo-yos have a very basic shape and don’t require a lot of assembly, so they’re ideal as a cool 3D printed toy that only takes as much effort as you’re willing to put in.
The standard Yo-Yo shape is simple enough to find and print, you can even print each half in different colors like this butterfly yo-yo.
If you want to get really fancy, though, then you should check out my personal favorite design for this Circuit Playground Neo-Pixel Yo-yo as an awesome 3D printed toy that you can enhance with LEDs to light up like a disco!
Even typing that made me smile. A very cute toy and an easy one to make is this mini catapult that works like a fidget toy but with hopefully more aiming involved.
The tiny catapult couldn’t be easier to print and actually has a surprisingly sturdy design. With a firing range of around 2 meters (around 6.5 feet) for a small piece of paper, your only trouble will be selecting your oblivious victim.
Tiny Articulated Robot
Need a tiny person to wield that tiny catapult for you? Well I’ll do you one better!
This adorable and really fun 3D print is a chibi robot that always looks like it’s about to bid you a friendly hello. With several poses to choose from, these articulated little dotes are a fun way to use very little material for some really cute results.
Is this tiny robot still a little too serious for you? Then you can count on this silly robot design to put a smile on your face. With its spring limbs and different colored eyes, it takes slightly more engineering than most fun 3D prints on this list, but it’s worth it.
In fact, this silly robot is actually an offset of my personal favorite robot to 3D print for fun; Otto. He’s fun, he’s interactive, and he’s adorable as all get out!
Pens are one of those weird things. You always have a hundred when you don’t need one, and none when you do. As a practical and cool 3D print, why not try this circle pen?
It’s a pen holder that fits perfectly into any keychain so you’ll always have a pen with you whenever you really need one.
If you don’t fancy carrying a pen on your keys but do still want easy access to one, then this pen holder is a cool 3D print that attaches to your car vent for convenient storage. Though don’t write and drive, okay?
Another odd fad that was all the rage when I was in high school was the fingerboard. If you missed this craze, it was a tiny skateboard that you used by using your fingers as legs and feet.
They were strange, they came out of nowhere, and they were insanely compelling and fun.
Given their size, they’re perfect as fun 3D prints. They’re quite easy to make due to their basic shape and can distract you for hours.
The best thing about these 3D printed fingerboards, though, is how customizable they are. Just like regular skateboards, you can tweak the design and add your own post-printing decorations to make them truly your own.
They come in a surprising variety too, from the basic pro skateboard model to a blank template if you want to get more creative with it. The latter is even designed with a rougher surface to help stop your fingers from slipping!
And there’s no need to stop at the boards themselves. This ramp and planter 3D print is a pretty cool way to practice your tricks. Heck, with ramps, stairs, benches, and yes, more ramps at your disposal, you can practically 3D print yourself an entire skatepark!
Homer Simpson’s Face
I’ll admit it, I’m a huge Simpsons fan. It’s my go-to when I need some background noise and my comfort show when I need something familiar to relax. And I will also hold my hand up and say that I think the iconic yellow nuclear family is still funny.
Given this die-hard fandom, I have to mention this Homer Simpson wall decoration. It’s just crazy to me how a few simple lines can make a very well-known face, really showing off the genius in the character design.
The reason each member of the Simpson family has such recognizable hair is that Groening wanted them to be immediately recognizable via silhouette, and that’s always been true. If you’re more creative, you can change the design to reflect one of Homer’s many hilarious facial expressions too!
Mini Chess Game
While this didn’t make it into my list of the best 3D printed chess sets, this mini chess game is one I’ve wanted to talk about.
The board and pieces are all here, but you will need a little more elbow grease and some magnets to turn it into the perfect travel game that won’t fall apart during a long-haul flight or drive (though, again, please don’t play chess and drive!)
I’m a huge chess fan, and the tiny chess pieces here really stand out to me as a great way to use your 3D printer for something that will stay fun for a long time to come.
There are few things more enjoyable than taking something serious like brushing your teeth and making it more fun.
Toothpaste dispensers are an easy and creative way to make teeth-brushing a little more comical. It’s surprisingly funny to 3D print and see your toothpaste come through the mouth of Elsa, Yoda, or Groot, just to name a few.
Of course, toothpaste is something that goes in your mouth, so it might be worth reading up on what filaments are and aren’t food-safe so you don’t end up passing your toothpaste through a toxic material by mistake!