If there's one field in the world of design that's moving at breakneck pace, it's 3D printing. Not only are 3D printers now readily affordable, but the range of products you can create with them grows daily.
For those wishing to exploit their design skills to create saleable 3D-printed products, CGTrader (opens in new tab) is a great resource of information and ideas. And the winners of their latest competition shows just how far 3D designers have come with the technology.
Co-sponsored by 3D World magazine (opens in new tab), CGTrader's 3D Makers Challenge involved submitting 3D printed designs with the wow factor – namely: "anything that involves engineering, building, creating, constructing, has that crazy vibe of invention and innovation and consists of at least three components". Here are the winning entries... but could you do better?
01. 3D-printable gearbox
The gearbox was designed using Autodesk Inventor (opens in new tab). As with all the models shown her, the files can be downloaded from CG Trader, along with details of a few additional metal parts you need to construct it.
02. 3D-printable water tap
A universal water tap, for five different holes, it's purposely a simple design with few parts.
03. Scissor snake
The design uses an exclusive, support-less crossover bearing, engineered for this project. This results in a strong and durable toy cable of lifting many times its own weight.
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