Don't assume 3D printers are just for nerds who want to make customized chess pieces and spare parts for their model spaceships. Entire pieces of furniture, customized prosthetic limbs, and jewelry have come out of 3D printers. Office workers might also appreciate the following possible uses for a basic 3D printer, like the new MakerBot Replicator, which starts at $1,749. And not just for paper clips.

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Don't assume 3D printers are just for nerds who want to make customized chess pieces and spare parts for their model spaceships. Entire pieces of furniture, customized prosthetic limbs, and jewelry have come out of 3D printers. Office workers might also appreciate the following possible uses for a basic 3D printer, like the new MakerBot Replicator, which starts at $1,749. And not just for paper clips.

Photos courtesy of Thingiverse

Photograph by MakerBot Industries

Why Your Office Needs a MakerBot Printer

Things to Make With a 3D Printer
Things to Make With a 3D Printer

Don't assume 3D printers are just for nerds who want to make customized chess pieces and spare parts for their model spaceships. Entire pieces of furniture, customized prosthetic limbs, and jewelry have come out of 3D printers. Office workers might also appreciate the following possible uses for a basic 3D printer, like the new MakerBot Replicator, which starts at $1,749. And not just for paper clips.

Photos courtesy of Thingiverse

Photograph by MakerBot Industries
Employee of the Month Bust
Employee of the Month Bust

What a disgrace to honor your best employee with a generic trophy when you can print a bust in his or her image.

Photograph by David Neff
iPad Stand
iPad Stand

Print a stand and free up your hands without running up a bill at the Apple Store.

Photograph by Dizingof
Keys to Company Schwag Closet
Keys to Company Schwag Closet

Make a copy. Discreetly stock up on awesome giveaways your employer saves for clients and events.

Photograph by NRP
Gargoyle Paperweight
Gargoyle Paperweight

The next best thing if real pets are prohibited at your office.

Photograph by fong182
Coffee Mug
Coffee Mug

Print a mug and keep disposable cups out of landfills. Tree huggers can also print with degradable plastic. Resist the urge to use it straight off the printer, though—there are extra steps to make the plastic food-safe.

Photograph by aubenc
Cuff Links
Cuff Links

Design your own cuff links; never have to step into a Jos. A. Bank again.

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Spare Tie
Spare Tie

A handy accessory when the boss unexpectedly returns early from his business trip.

Photograph by Nudel_p
3D Business Card
3D Business Card

How jealous would American Psycho's Patrick Bateman be of this business card?

Photograph by wulfdesign
Stock Market Night Light Shade
Stock Market Night Light Shade

To subliminally motivate investors toiling in the office late at night.

Photograph by Zydac