Interesting projects and ideas

Here's a collection of interesting projects that might inspire you or your students.


Project NameCreatorDescription
The Open Press ProjectMartin SchneiderMartin Schneider is a design student, living, working and studying in Cologne, Germany. His project allows artists, teachers, and makers to create inexpensive printing presses with their 3D printers.
3D Print a Mechanical HummingbirdGreg ZumwaltGreg Zumwalt, an Oklahoma-based maker and former software and video game company owner, has recently shared the Mechanical Hummingbird. The project will push your 3D printer to the limit, but the results will have you enjoying the sweet nectar of automata magic.
Embedding objectsVicky SommaEmbedded Prints Within Prints, Embedded Mirrors, Embedded Nuts, Embedded Sand!, Embedded Split Rings,Embedded Corks, Embedded Magnets
RASPBERRY PI ZERO SMART GLASSRicardo FerroPi Zero Smart Glass can help you identify objects using image recognition technology.
XPIDERRoboeveThe smallest programmable spider robot in the world.
PIKON TOUCHSCREEN DISPLAY POWER PACKThird Earth DesignsA small, lightweight and compact all-in-one unit that provides power to the Pi, includes a display, input controls, and a user-friendly interface to work with the PiKon 3d printed telescope
UV & BREATHALYZER KEYCHAINFune StudioBy harnessing the power of 3D printing, Arduino, UV sensors, alcohol sensors, and simple mathematics, you can make a nifty gadget designed to boost your outdoor summer fun while minimizing your indoor summer recovery.
INMOOV ROBOTGael LangevinThe InMoov is replicable on any home 3D printer with a 12x12x12cm area, and has been conceived as a development platform for Universities, laboratories, hobbyists, but first of all for Makers.
UltrascopeOpen Space AgencyUltrascope is an open source robot telescope or ARO (Automated Robotic Observatory) controlled by a smartphone. It empowers citizen scientists with a low cost and open source robotic telescope to assist the work of professional astronomers.
IMA JunoExplore MakingIMA Juno is a great introduction to making, Arduino coding, electronics, and 3D printed mechanics. It's easy to assemble and is adaptable, making it a great platform for exploration.

PRECIOUS PLASTICDave HakkensMachines that enable anyone to recycle plastic.
THUNDERHEAD FILAMENT EXTRUDERtechfortrade The Thunderhead Filament Extruder is a small scale extruder designed to make 3D printing filament from recycled PET plastic. It can produce 0.5 to 1 kg of filament per hour directly from plastic bottle flake.
Earth Day 2016: 10 3D printing projects contributing to a greener planet3ders.orgFrom preserving our oceans, to producing clean energy, to finding a beautiful way to re-use old water bottles, here is a list of how 3D printing can make every day Earth Day.
GO-GO AirBoatmacakcatGO-GO AirBoat is a physics concepts and electronics learning kit.
Brookwood's 3D Design Problem Bank ProjectRich LehrerPutting student designers in touch with people in need of a 3D designed and printed solution gives students the opportunity to develop real solutions to real problems and can lead to profound learning experiences and feelings of empowerment for them, and "win-win" opportunities for all involved. In this project, students from Brookwood School are 3D designing and printing solutions to problems posted by members of the Brookwood community.
New bionics let us run, climb and dance | Hugh HerrTEDHugh Herr is building the next generation of bionic limbs, robotic prosthetics inspired by nature's own designs. Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago; now, as the head of the MIT Media Lab's Biomechatronics group, he shows his incredible technology in a talk that's both technical and deeply personal — with the help of ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost her left leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and performs again for the first time on the TED stage.
Invention CalculatorInvention CalculatorThe Invention Calculator is an educational tool to help the individual innovator understand the global market potential and financial implications when exploring the different routes to take a new product idea to market. - See more at inventioncalculator
Instrumented cardiac microphysiological devices via multimaterial three-dimensional printingHarvard Researchers 3D Print Heart-on-a-ChipNew 3D printed materials make data gathering much easier because of integrated sensors.