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20 useful things to print during a pandemic (announcing results of the 1st part of our designer contest)

Ten days since the start of our ad hoc designer contest “Everyday necessities for life during a pandemic” it’s time to announce the winner of the first round! We also made a selection of other models that could be handy (not only) during isolation. Some of them can make your life easier, some make it more fun or let you learn something new.

In just ten days, we received more than 700 ideas for various tools, gadgets, and toys, which is totally awesome! Once again you prove that your activeness and creativity have no limits.

In these times, when there is a huge lack of PPE (personal protective equipment) worldwide, the 3D printing community is doing its best to help where it is needed the most. Many of you print protective face shields and also try to come up with other types of protective equipment – we discussed various options in this article and we also explained the potential risks of home-made 3D printed respirators. Also, our homeland, the Czech Republic, was among the first countries which made wearing a face mask required by law. And every day, more countries follow. This is why there are many models, which focus on face masks – either to make them easier to wear or to help with their production (even at home). So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the results.

Winner of Original Prusa i3 MK3S 3D printer

We made a shortlist of potential candidates, and after careful consideration, we decided to give the award to the author of the ‘Face Mask Pozicer’. It’s simple, but very useful for anyone wearing glasses, either dioptrical or shades. All of us “four-eyed” know how annoying it is to wear a face mask and fog your glasses each time you exhale. This nifty little thing really makes a difference. You can attach it onto any face mask, both fabric or paper. It can be printed very quickly and uses just a small amount of material. If you fill a whole print sheet with them, you can then give away the surplus to your friends or relatives.

Congratulations, and thanks!

Tips for other useful 3D models during a pandemic

The following models deserve at least an honorable mention. Who knows, maybe one of them wins the second round 🙂

We arranged them into three categories:

Everyday life necessities

BIAS BINDER

If you decide to sew your own face mask at home, you will certainly appreciate this handy bias binder. It makes the preparation noticeably simpler and faster. It is currently one of the most popular 3D models in the Czech Republic

3D PRINTED PILL DISPENSER

Seniors are the most vulnerable group during the COVID-19 pandemic. And according to all recommendations, we should visit them as little as possible to reduce the risk of spreading the infection. If you are helping your grandparents with medicine preparation, you can use this organizer to prepare everything at once and in advance.

UNIVERSAL HANDS-FREE DOOR OPENER

There are a number of attachments/adapters that make it easier to open doors with your forearm. However, this particular tool has the advantage that no screws are needed to mount it, it’s printed quickly and is truly versatile.

DOOR HOOK

A well-designed hook that can be inserted into a case if necessary to protect it from contamination. Otherwise, of course, it helps to operate doors, elevators and other things without touching them with your hand.

CASH/TIP HOLDER

Most experts recommend using cashless payments in the current situation. However, if you cannot avoid paying by cash (or, for example, you want to leave a tip), you can install this holder at the door or in the shop.

DISPOSABLE GLOVES HOLDER

This gadget will be useful to all workers in bakeries or other shops. It allows you to quickly remove or put on a disposable glove, or alternate between gloves according to the items you are currently working with.

 

Interactive toys

BALL PUZZLE – BRAIN TEASER

A perfect puzzle that will entertain not only your children. All tiles have the same radius as the outer circle – but only one solution is the right one!

FLITZPUCK 1 VS 1

This fun and fast game will certainly entertain not only children. You can print it whole, plus you only need two short elastic bands.

MODULAR MARBLE DROP BLOCKS

A number of various components that can be assembled to create a fantastic marble drop track. Fun fact: everything is ready for the 7mm ball, which can be found in the bag of spare parts in the Original Prusa MK3S kit. Of course, you can adjust the size if you wish to use a different ball.

DOMINO SENSORIAL

A 28-piece set of Domino games (including a box), which can be played by people with visual impairments.

 

PRUSAMENT STADIUM

A fantastic idea of using an empty Prusament box from – turn it into a miniature foosball!

A TABLE TENNIS SET

Another great idea – a complete table tennis set that you print – including the ball! Of course, it is not meant for a professional game, but it’s perfectly fine for a quick game at home.

 

 

Educational items

NUMERIC STRING

A simple game for small children and their parents. You can teach your kids the system of additions and subtractions using little characters of cats and mice.

MECHANICAL UNIT CIRCLE

Something for older students – A complete mechanical demonstration of unit circle and corresponding trigonometric functions.

 

WASH YOUR HANDS BOARD GAME

A simple game that explains even to the youngest children why it is so important to wash their hands properly.

DOMINO TILES PUZZLE

Find the correct multiplication result and check whether it’s correct by mechanically connecting it with the other side of the equation.

 

MATH-MAGIC BOX

A single or two player game that teaches how to multiply.

ADDITIVE ARITHMETIC NUMBER TOY

An illustrative game where each number model occupies grid spaces according to its value.

 

 

PUZZLE: THE MAP OF EUROPE

Can you put together a map of European states? You can also try the capitals, which are indicated by a dot.

Deadline of the second round, again with Original Prusa i3 MK3S as the main prize, is coming soon. Please upload your models till April 7, 2020. If you didn’t succeed in the first round, don’t worry, there are two more rounds to go. We will pick from all models uploaded so far since the beginning of the contest. For further info please check our blog article. Again, thank you for all your contributions and good luck in the upcoming rounds!

 



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