What Does a 3D Printer Do?

Whenever I talk about 3D printing people are always really interested, but they always ask “What can a 3D printer do?”

I’ve created this example from start to finish, hope you enjoy it. Maxz 🙂 



I really hate bending down to get the dishwashing liquid out from the cupboard, it would be really nice to have it just here.




Measure up

Measuring time!


Time to hit the cad program, I know 123D is old but it’s a really solid CAD for simple things like this.

HP Z440

I’ll never get used to the complete silence of my HP workstation!

Plain Shape

Create a simple box.

Hollow it out

Hollow it out with Ctrl J


Add some mounting tabs.


Send it off to the printer.


Now it’s just a wait while the printer lays the plastic down.

Finished Tray

Here it is! A perfectly sized try to hold the diswashing liquid.


A couple of screws and the job is done. Did it take a while? About 15 minutes to design it, the printer did take a while to create it but i was off doing something else. I hope this shows some of the possibilities with 3D printing!