When it comes to functionality and accessibility, 3D printing has come a long way from its earlier days. It has now come within reach of everyday users, as well as big businesses and organizations. With expansive developments in the field of 3D printing, we increasingly see it get incorporated into different manufacturing processes. From body parts to 3D printed food, from spaceship parts to entire houses, it has made an impact in every field of production. 3D printing for travel is just one of the benefits of this incredible technology that is making our lives easier.

3D printers themselves can also range from the size of a microwave to that of a car. There are further classifications of the material being used for the creation of that product or item. Giant 3D printers can churn out layers of cement to erect entire houses in a matter of hours. At the same time, a microwave sized device sitting on your table can create a functional tool in no time as well. 3D printers can make pretty much anything imaginable, and the versatility of material that can be used is a bonus.

How to Use 3D Printers to Help with Travel?

Among the different aspects of everyday life that have benefited from 3D printing, travel is a prominent one. 3D printers allow you to create lighter, simpler, and more efficient products and items at home. In this article, we will look at some of the ways you can use 3D printing for travel.

Outdoor and Travel Add-ons

As stated above, 3D printing offers travelers to have smarter, inexpensive, and lighter options of traveling gear to enjoy your time on the road or in the backwoods. Not only can you print fully functional pieces, but you can also create add-ons and replacement parts for your gear. Let us take a look at some of such 3D printable items.

Universal Zip Toggle

This is a 3D printable replacement zip toggle designed to easily connect to any medium to large zip loops where the metal or plastic toggle has broken off.

STL: https://www.myminifactory.com/object/3d-print-universal-zip-toggle-41851

iPhone travel dock

One of the issues faced by travelers is that they don’t have a place to place their phone while it is charging. This simple 3D printed item will help you keep your phone off the ground and hanging.

STL: https://cults3d.com/en/3d-model/gadget/iphone-travel-dock

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Folding Travel Coat Hanger

This folding coat hanger is ideal for traveling as it is a lightweight and practical option to have in your bag. This model also has configuration options for both children and adult clothes. Furthermore, it has a belt, tie, dress, lightweight trousers hanging ability.

STL: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2533076

Lens Cap Holder

This lens cap holder is inspired by the “diaphragm f/4” shape. It is a practical object that is perfect not only for professional photographers but also for those who are afraid to lose the lens’s cap. It is compatible with pretty much every 58mm caps of CANON, NIKON, or SIGMA. This model also has 62mm here, and the 52mm here variants as well.

STL: https://www.myminifactory.com/object/3d-print-lens-cap-holder-6397

Minimalist Toothbrush Travel Kit

Keeping it simple and minimal is one of the goals of traveling light, and this 3D printed model provides you a minimalist toothbrush travel kit.

STL: https://cults3d.com/en/3d-model/home/minimalist-toothbrush-travel-kit

Travel AA and AAA Battery Holder

When you are on the road, AA and AAA batteries can come in handy in different situations. This is an excellent 3D printing for travel item to store your batteries and keep them from getting mixed up with other things in your bag. This model has a friction fit case that could hold a number of batteries in different arrangements.

STL: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:20745

Earplug Travel Case

This is a brilliant little 3D printed travel case for storing and transporting memory foam earplugs. A loop of rope can be pulled through the hole in the lid for attaching to key rings for securing them in your travel case.

STL: https://cults3d.com/en/3d-model/home/earplug-travel-case

iPhone Stand, Apple Watch, Air Pods Organizer

This 3D printed model is an all in one organizer for your Apple gadgets. There are dedicated slots for an iPhone, Apple Watch, and Air Pods.

STL: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4628883

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iPhone Stand, Apple Watch, Air Pods Organizer

Travel Shaving Mirror

This is a superb 3D printed model that is perfect for carrying a travel shaving mirror. It is designed to utilize a 3″ circle glass mirror.

STL: https://cults3d.com/en/3d-model/home/travel-shaving-mirror

Travel Bookmarks

These travel-themed bookmarks can quickly and easily be 3D printed that you can use on your next trip. The original size is the tiniest you can get without deteriorating the icon shape, but you can enlarge them if you want more details.

STL: https://cults3d.com/en/3d-model/various/travel-bookmarks

Travel Razor Box – Rasiererdose

This is a 3D printed box that can store your razor and other stuff like new blades, ear sticks, etc. It can fit perfectly in a travel bag, and there are openings for air circulation. You can also scale up the model if your blade does not fit in it.

STL: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4619084

Simple Soap Travel Box

This is a small and straightforward travel box that can be used to store soap. It can also be resized to fit larger cakes.

STL: https://cults3d.com/en/3d-model/home/sample-soap-travel-box

Bag Clip

This model is a terrific example of how 3D printing for travel can help you on the road. This bag clip is much more efficient than the ones in the market. It features a hinge instead of a spring mechanism, and is flexible. The whole thing can be printed as one piece and does not require any support.

STL: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:330151

Mach3 Razor Travel Case

This is a snap-fit box that you can use to store a Mach3 Razor. It is ideal for travel as it can hold two extra blades.

STL: https://cults3d.com/en/3d-model/home/mach3-razor-travel-case

GoPro Battery Travel Case 3 Batteries + 2 MicroSD Cards

Instead of spending a lot of money to buy a travel case for GoPro batteries, you can 3D print this fully enclosed micro SD card and battery travel and carry case. It can store up to three batteries and two memory cards. It is shock and dust resistant and has a compact design, so it does not take a lot of space.

STL: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3973487

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