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Top 3D Printable 3DShare Models This Week: Knife and Phone Stands, Storm Trooper Ring & More

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Almost all of this week’s top five printable 3DSha.re models have some kind of useful function–a refreshing change from some past models that appear to only function for the sake of shock value or titillation (and many may ask, “What’s wrong with that?”) This week’s top models include a knife stand for your Samurai Knife collection, an Imperial Storm Trooper ring, an improved Scissor Snake object grabber, a Big Feet smartphone stand, and a clip design for plastic bags and other household uses.

Samurai Knife Stand

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This Samurai Knife Stand is just what you’ve been needing to display that knife collection you are so proud of, right? It’s safer than just leaving your knife collection just laying around, and the stand, as well as the knives, is an object of minimalist black functional elegance–designed by Fabricatelab. Receiving 1,888 total views (as of the time of writing), it’s this week’s top 3DShare model, available to download for 99 cents.

Imperial Storm Trooper Ring

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Less functional, on a practical, everyday level, and more a “must have” for the Star Wars fanatics out there, this Imperial Storm Trooper ring has as much in detail as it does in wearability–as you can see in the ring’s Storm Trooper iconic mask imagery and its decorated band. Star Wars/3D printing fans never appear to tire from this ongoing combination of sci-fi cinematic paraphernalia and innovative technological applications. This ring is just one in a series of Storm Trooper related models, that include a rather cynical and hilarious Mickey Mouse in a Storm Trooper mask, available from designer Bon Garçon. If you ask me, sporting this ring (after downloading it for 99 cents) will place you on the more serious side of Storm Troopers’ cultdom!

Scissor Snake Construction Set

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The scissor snake is an appealing object if you like to animate everyday household objects, like a grabber, with personalities all their own. Remade from an original model that was more difficult to print and assemble, the new improved scissor snake construction set comes with everything you need to perfect your own scissor snake, from designer Richard Swika (who has brought us several much-viewed nude and other models), for a 99 cent download. This new model comes with extensive instructions (including YouTube videos) that will make this a more successful and enjoyable endeavor from previous efforts to make the snake, which is printed at .11 mm layer height with support using at least 30% infill.

Big Feet Phone Stand

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I could use a phone stand like this one that not only “stands out” with its bright red (or whatever color you so desire) pants and large feet, but also “takes a stand” against the frustrating act of losing your phone at home or in the office because we always place it down somewhere different. A phone stand helps you avoid losing it, while bringing a smile to your face. This design can accommodate smaller and larger phones, customized to size specifications, all of its parts snap together, and supports are only needed for the pants part of the design. Best of all is you can choose for your feet to be in shoes or shoeless, thanks  to the customizable design from Mark Geoghegan, available for a 99 cent download.

Quick Clip

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In addition to Star Wars- and smartphone-related gadgets, we never tired of common 3D printed household items that seem endlessly practical and easy to print, do we? If you can ensure that your printer line width is set to .5 mm, you can print any number of these simple bag clips that can keep your food fresher longer while also being less obtrusive than the clothespins I somehow always end up using in the kitchen. These great clips are available for a free download, thanks to LoboCNC.

Those are the top five most viewed models from 3DShare this week. Will you be making any of them? Let us know your favorites in the 3DShare Top Models forum thread at 3DPB.com.

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