3D Printing Project Ideas

These resources will help you find potential ideas for projects related to 3D printing. Rather than scrolling through aimlessly, it’s better to search with keywords.

Thingiverse is the most popular community for discovering, making, and sharing 3D printable objects.

MyMiniFactory is probably the second most popular site for sharing 3D models. They’re also known for hosting many 3D printing competitions.

Shapeways is a 3D printing marketplace when designers can upload their designs to sell.

Etsy is a very large and popular online marketplace. It’s not just specific to 3D printing, but there are a lot of great 3D printed items for sale. When on Etsy, search for “3D printed __”.

Winter Hill Jewelry
Winter Hill Jewelry is a small business based in Somerville, MA that sells 3D printed earrings.

General 3D Printing

3D Printing Guide for Teachers

3D Printing Technology Comparison: FDM vs. SLA vs. SLS

Understanding Accuracy, Precision, and Tolerance in 3D Printing

Understanding the Tolerances of Your 3D Printer

How to Print Using Support Material (YouTube)

How to join 3D printed parts together to create a larger model

Prusa Printer Info

These resources are specific to the 3D printers we have in the Design Lab classroom. We currently have five Prusa i3 MK3S printers.

Original i3 Prusa MK3S product page
Includes specs, features, and reviews

New User Guide for MK3S Owners
Everything you want to know about our printers!

Read more about the slicing software we use to prepare models for printing

3D Printing Troubleshooting

Prusa Troubleshooting Guide

Simplify3D Print Quality Guide

3D Printer Filament

Prusa Material Guide

Simplify3D Material Guide

Filament comparison chart (PDF)

How to Print with Flexible Filament