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Aug 26, 2015

back to school printables
A new school year can be exciting! At the same time, it can be challenging and a little intimidating for both students and teachers.  One of the ways to ease the back to school process is with good organization and a well-thought out plan. Here are some printable ideas that will help students and teachers for a stress free school year!

Must-Have Printables for Students 

From timesheet tables to healthy lunch recipes, here are some ideas on helpful printables.
Book Labels & More

Customize book labels with a cartoon character of choice (or even kid’s own photo)! You could also print out labels for book shelves, boxes, toy crates, wardrobes, etc.. This encourages kids to put away stuff in a more organized manner and find it more easily when required.   
From Modern Parents, Messy Kids
Schedules, lists and timetables
Print out things from class timetables to sports tryouts! Another good idea is to make a list of chores and test schedules. No more excuses for not studying!
Graphs, Formulas, Maps, Pie Charts, etc.
For older kids it can help to set out math formulas, scientific terms, graphs, distributions, maps and so on.
Printable Coloring Pages
These are as much for keeping younger kids entertained as they are for letting them practice coloring within the lines!
Flashcards
Toddlers and preschoolers are known to respond really well to flashcards; particularly when it comes to learning numbers and letters and short words. Customize these with picture or objects that kids relate to and print your own.
Back to School Recipes
Healthy eats for school are a good idea. Collecting and printing these out for ready reference ensures a varied and interesting array of meals for students.
  1. 24 Lunch Ideas for School 
  2. Sandwich-less Lunch Ideas for Kids  
  3. 20+ Amazing & Healthy School Lunches 
Pinterest has some useful back to school printables for students that you may want to check out.

Must Have Printables for Teachers

Teachers, we didn't forget about you! Here are some great printables that will help keep you on top of things!

Labels for Books, Shelves, Files 
This can help teachers remain more organized in class and outside it. Labels and contents lists for binders and files can also be very useful for teachers.
Printable Calendars/Planners/To Do lists/ Schedules
joy theme printables
From Sutton Place
Obviously teachers can also benefit from planning out the year ahead in terms of lesson plans, deadlines for various tasks, exam schedules and so on. Teachers could also print out graphs, formulas, chemistry charts, and pie charts and so on, putting these up and replacing them as and when required.
Inspirational Quotes, Images, Some Do's and Don’ts 
Who doesn't love motivational quotes? These images of of inspiring words, or great role models, will
liven up your classroom. Not only will they inspire kids, they make a classroom look more attractive and interesting. It may also be a good idea to list a few dos and don’ts to help maintain order in the class.
Check out some more back to school printables and ideas for teachers.

Need to Print? Use Our Special August Ink & Toner Coupon

We get it, printing can be pricey! We're here to help though by offering 5% off any printer cartridge orders this month at CompAndSave.com.
  • Coupon code: SUPPLIES
  • Expiration Date: 08/31/2015

Get 5% Off Any Ink & Toner OrderThis Entire August! Back To School savings start now.
Posted by CompAndSave.com on Monday, August 3, 2015
We hope these printables will help your school year start off right! While, we are on the subject, who was one of your favorite teachers?


Wednesday, August 26, 2015 Denise Resendez
back to school printables
A new school year can be exciting! At the same time, it can be challenging and a little intimidating for both students and teachers.  One of the ways to ease the back to school process is with good organization and a well-thought out plan. Here are some printable ideas that will help students and teachers for a stress free school year!

Must-Have Printables for Students 

From timesheet tables to healthy lunch recipes, here are some ideas on helpful printables.
Book Labels & More

Customize book labels with a cartoon character of choice (or even kid’s own photo)! You could also print out labels for book shelves, boxes, toy crates, wardrobes, etc.. This encourages kids to put away stuff in a more organized manner and find it more easily when required.   
From Modern Parents, Messy Kids
Schedules, lists and timetables
Print out things from class timetables to sports tryouts! Another good idea is to make a list of chores and test schedules. No more excuses for not studying!
Graphs, Formulas, Maps, Pie Charts, etc.
For older kids it can help to set out math formulas, scientific terms, graphs, distributions, maps and so on.
Printable Coloring Pages
These are as much for keeping younger kids entertained as they are for letting them practice coloring within the lines!
Flashcards
Toddlers and preschoolers are known to respond really well to flashcards; particularly when it comes to learning numbers and letters and short words. Customize these with picture or objects that kids relate to and print your own.
Back to School Recipes
Healthy eats for school are a good idea. Collecting and printing these out for ready reference ensures a varied and interesting array of meals for students.
  1. 24 Lunch Ideas for School 
  2. Sandwich-less Lunch Ideas for Kids  
  3. 20+ Amazing & Healthy School Lunches 
Pinterest has some useful back to school printables for students that you may want to check out.

Must Have Printables for Teachers

Teachers, we didn't forget about you! Here are some great printables that will help keep you on top of things!

Labels for Books, Shelves, Files 
This can help teachers remain more organized in class and outside it. Labels and contents lists for binders and files can also be very useful for teachers.
Printable Calendars/Planners/To Do lists/ Schedules
joy theme printables
From Sutton Place
Obviously teachers can also benefit from planning out the year ahead in terms of lesson plans, deadlines for various tasks, exam schedules and so on. Teachers could also print out graphs, formulas, chemistry charts, and pie charts and so on, putting these up and replacing them as and when required.
Inspirational Quotes, Images, Some Do's and Don’ts 
Who doesn't love motivational quotes? These images of of inspiring words, or great role models, will
liven up your classroom. Not only will they inspire kids, they make a classroom look more attractive and interesting. It may also be a good idea to list a few dos and don’ts to help maintain order in the class.
Check out some more back to school printables and ideas for teachers.

Need to Print? Use Our Special August Ink & Toner Coupon

We get it, printing can be pricey! We're here to help though by offering 5% off any printer cartridge orders this month at CompAndSave.com.
  • Coupon code: SUPPLIES
  • Expiration Date: 08/31/2015

Get 5% Off Any Ink & Toner OrderThis Entire August! Back To School savings start now.
Posted by CompAndSave.com on Monday, August 3, 2015
We hope these printables will help your school year start off right! While, we are on the subject, who was one of your favorite teachers?


Aug 11, 2015

recycle ink and toner cartridges at school"If you want parents to recycle, just tell their kids the importance of recycling, and they'll be all over it." - Bill Nye

Reuse. Reduce. Recycle. We'll often find these words on the front of a little green bin urging us to recycle. Often it'll be paper, cardboard boxes, water bottles and other similar items. What people often forget about though, is that their printer's cartridges can also be recycled! While you can't just through it the bin, you can send off your empty ink and toner cartridges to local recycling centers or online shops like GreenHippo.com.

That's why we are glad to announce our ink and toner recycling program. All proceeds go to support the non-profit, Food For the Poor after we send off the cartridges to GreenHippo.com. No matter if its through your home printer or even school's printer. With the Back-to-School season in full swing, it would be a great idea to get schools and classmates involved. Here's how below:


Some Recycling Facts First

By choosing to recycle, we are choosing to make a difference. Reusing items prevents landfills from overflowing and reduces the negative effects of waste incineration. We can optimize our resources and cut back on pollution by recycling. Plus, recycling has great personal and community benefits!

Recycling initiatives at the community level, have a dual positive impact. They involve more people and increase the total volume of recycled items. These initiatives serve to increase overall awareness about the importance of recycling and practically educate people about to recycle. Such initiatives could result in recycling becoming almost a habit with people of the community – a norm rather than an exception!

If you recycle already, you may have known that already. Here are some other recycling facts:
  • Each of us generates about 4 pounds of trash in a day (that's 1.5 tons of garbage a year)
  • It is estimated that about 75% of that waste is recyclable, but only 30% of it actually gets recycled. 
  • The United States generates 21.5 million tons of food waste, most of which is not composted. If that waste were composted, it could contribute to lowering greenhouse gases around the amount of 2 million cars.
  • Approximately 9,000 community curbside recycling programs exist in the United States

About Our Food for the Poor Program

Regular readers already know about our ongoing recycling program to support Food for the Poor. If you're new, our program helps the hungry by recycling used ink and toner cartridges. Via this program you have been mailing us your empty printer ink and toner cartridges which we collect together and send GreenHippo.com, who pays for these cartridges. In turn, the money we collect from this recycling program goes to FoodForThePoor.org, a nonprofit devoted to feeding the hungry. 

How to Recycle Printer Cartridges in Your School

As a student you can help to mobilize the student body to do something positive for the environment by sending their ink and toner cartridges to CompAndSave.com. You would need to clear this with the school authorities or custodial staff. You could explain the dual benefit of helping the school reduce disposal costs of toner and ink cartridges and of helping the needy via the program. Involve not just the students, but also the administrative and teaching staff of the school in the program. Hey, if maybe even parents might want to get involved!  

You just have to collect the empty printer cartridges and mail them to us at:

 CompAndSave
Attn: Cartridge Donations 
38929 Cherry St.
Newark, California 94560

We'll make sure that the toner and ink cartridges you send us are sent off GreenHippo.com. From there, they pay us and we send 100% of the proceeds to Food For the Poor.

When you initiate a recycling program in your school or college, we would love to hear all about it. Do share on our Facebookpage or in the comments section below.



Tuesday, August 11, 2015 Denise Resendez
recycle ink and toner cartridges at school"If you want parents to recycle, just tell their kids the importance of recycling, and they'll be all over it." - Bill Nye

Reuse. Reduce. Recycle. We'll often find these words on the front of a little green bin urging us to recycle. Often it'll be paper, cardboard boxes, water bottles and other similar items. What people often forget about though, is that their printer's cartridges can also be recycled! While you can't just through it the bin, you can send off your empty ink and toner cartridges to local recycling centers or online shops like GreenHippo.com.

That's why we are glad to announce our ink and toner recycling program. All proceeds go to support the non-profit, Food For the Poor after we send off the cartridges to GreenHippo.com. No matter if its through your home printer or even school's printer. With the Back-to-School season in full swing, it would be a great idea to get schools and classmates involved. Here's how below:


Some Recycling Facts First

By choosing to recycle, we are choosing to make a difference. Reusing items prevents landfills from overflowing and reduces the negative effects of waste incineration. We can optimize our resources and cut back on pollution by recycling. Plus, recycling has great personal and community benefits!

Recycling initiatives at the community level, have a dual positive impact. They involve more people and increase the total volume of recycled items. These initiatives serve to increase overall awareness about the importance of recycling and practically educate people about to recycle. Such initiatives could result in recycling becoming almost a habit with people of the community – a norm rather than an exception!

If you recycle already, you may have known that already. Here are some other recycling facts:
  • Each of us generates about 4 pounds of trash in a day (that's 1.5 tons of garbage a year)
  • It is estimated that about 75% of that waste is recyclable, but only 30% of it actually gets recycled. 
  • The United States generates 21.5 million tons of food waste, most of which is not composted. If that waste were composted, it could contribute to lowering greenhouse gases around the amount of 2 million cars.
  • Approximately 9,000 community curbside recycling programs exist in the United States

About Our Food for the Poor Program

Regular readers already know about our ongoing recycling program to support Food for the Poor. If you're new, our program helps the hungry by recycling used ink and toner cartridges. Via this program you have been mailing us your empty printer ink and toner cartridges which we collect together and send GreenHippo.com, who pays for these cartridges. In turn, the money we collect from this recycling program goes to FoodForThePoor.org, a nonprofit devoted to feeding the hungry. 

How to Recycle Printer Cartridges in Your School

As a student you can help to mobilize the student body to do something positive for the environment by sending their ink and toner cartridges to CompAndSave.com. You would need to clear this with the school authorities or custodial staff. You could explain the dual benefit of helping the school reduce disposal costs of toner and ink cartridges and of helping the needy via the program. Involve not just the students, but also the administrative and teaching staff of the school in the program. Hey, if maybe even parents might want to get involved!  

You just have to collect the empty printer cartridges and mail them to us at:

 CompAndSave
Attn: Cartridge Donations 
38929 Cherry St.
Newark, California 94560

We'll make sure that the toner and ink cartridges you send us are sent off GreenHippo.com. From there, they pay us and we send 100% of the proceeds to Food For the Poor.

When you initiate a recycling program in your school or college, we would love to hear all about it. Do share on our Facebookpage or in the comments section below.



Aug 7, 2015

Best Online It is that time of year again, when kids return to school, albeit reluctantly. Parents can sometimes feel relieved their kids are going back to a predictable and productive schedule. Happy not to hear their kids or grand-kids saying, " I'm bored!". It is also the time of year when there is school shopping to take care of and other challenges. Here are some tips for shopping back to school supplies:

Pointers for Back to School Shopping

If you're kid is anything like most, they usually aren't excited about August rolling around. Parents usually have to motivate their kids to get into the back to school frame of mind. One idea you could try out is to involve kids in the shopping which could spark some enthusiasm.

For school supplies, online shopping may be the best bet. Not only do you get better deals, you don’t have to battle the hordes at the stores!  Also, you don't have to carry around heavy  books, stationery, and clothing home because everything is conveniently delivered for you.


Tips for Back To School Shopping

  1. Make a list of things you really need, avoid impulse purchases, check online buzz, compare prices and take advantage of sales.
  2. Download mobile apps to shop online stores. In-app purchases often offer exclusive extra discounts so you get better deals.
  3. Don’t junk promotional emails without checking them. You could miss special coupons or limited period sales.
  4. Sign up for newsletters and so on.  Online stores generally offer you extra discounts for doing this.
  5. Check for good deals in other departments, such as Office Supplies. Very often you will find the same stuff here that you would for school: stationery, paper, files, folders, electronics and more.
  6. Be sure to check with your favorite online stores to see special deals for this time of year. CompAndSave.com also has a deal for you, more about that later.
  7. Is your state offering a tax holiday weekend? Check and take advantage of this.

Best Online Stores for Back-to-School Shopping

We have your back this August. Here are some great and diverse online sites for shopping office and school supplies.

  1. Target is a good choice because it’s a one stop shop for all your school needs. You could get up to 50% off supplies such as backpacks and stationer, 20% off uniforms and so on.
  2. Walmart back to school supplies let you browse by grade and tell you what the top choices are for college students. There are clothes, electronics, stationery, books and more to choose from.
  3. Staples also has an extensive selection of products that your kids may need as they head back for another term.
For new school clothing that you need to buy, you could check out sample sites that offer multiple daily sales. Online stores such as Zulily and Gilt and several others are known to offer amazing deals daily.

Rather than buy new books, check text book resale or exchange websites. Text books can be prohibitively expensive and few students will use them beyond exam day. AbeBooks lets you locate all sorts of books, both new and used. BookFinder helps you find cheap books, out of print books and lets you compare prices from 100,000 booksellers.

For printer ink and toner cartridges you need look no further, obviously! You can find ink, toner and printer accessories for all your printing needs and get rebates of up to 80%.

Our Special Back-to-School Coupon Code

All this month, we have a special offer for you parents: Get 5% off any ink and toner order this entire August. Use coupon code SUPPLIES during check out for all your purchases up to 08/31/2015 and enjoy free shipping of your order.

Want to continue to get great discounts on all your printing needs? Subscribe to mailing list and enjoy more amazing back to school savings on printer cartridges.


Get 5% Off Any Ink & Toner OrderThis Entire August! Back To School savings start now.
Posted by CompAndSave.com on Monday, August 3, 2015
Friday, August 07, 2015 Denise Resendez
Best Online It is that time of year again, when kids return to school, albeit reluctantly. Parents can sometimes feel relieved their kids are going back to a predictable and productive schedule. Happy not to hear their kids or grand-kids saying, " I'm bored!". It is also the time of year when there is school shopping to take care of and other challenges. Here are some tips for shopping back to school supplies:

Pointers for Back to School Shopping

If you're kid is anything like most, they usually aren't excited about August rolling around. Parents usually have to motivate their kids to get into the back to school frame of mind. One idea you could try out is to involve kids in the shopping which could spark some enthusiasm.

For school supplies, online shopping may be the best bet. Not only do you get better deals, you don’t have to battle the hordes at the stores!  Also, you don't have to carry around heavy  books, stationery, and clothing home because everything is conveniently delivered for you.


Tips for Back To School Shopping

  1. Make a list of things you really need, avoid impulse purchases, check online buzz, compare prices and take advantage of sales.
  2. Download mobile apps to shop online stores. In-app purchases often offer exclusive extra discounts so you get better deals.
  3. Don’t junk promotional emails without checking them. You could miss special coupons or limited period sales.
  4. Sign up for newsletters and so on.  Online stores generally offer you extra discounts for doing this.
  5. Check for good deals in other departments, such as Office Supplies. Very often you will find the same stuff here that you would for school: stationery, paper, files, folders, electronics and more.
  6. Be sure to check with your favorite online stores to see special deals for this time of year. CompAndSave.com also has a deal for you, more about that later.
  7. Is your state offering a tax holiday weekend? Check and take advantage of this.

Best Online Stores for Back-to-School Shopping

We have your back this August. Here are some great and diverse online sites for shopping office and school supplies.

  1. Target is a good choice because it’s a one stop shop for all your school needs. You could get up to 50% off supplies such as backpacks and stationer, 20% off uniforms and so on.
  2. Walmart back to school supplies let you browse by grade and tell you what the top choices are for college students. There are clothes, electronics, stationery, books and more to choose from.
  3. Staples also has an extensive selection of products that your kids may need as they head back for another term.
For new school clothing that you need to buy, you could check out sample sites that offer multiple daily sales. Online stores such as Zulily and Gilt and several others are known to offer amazing deals daily.

Rather than buy new books, check text book resale or exchange websites. Text books can be prohibitively expensive and few students will use them beyond exam day. AbeBooks lets you locate all sorts of books, both new and used. BookFinder helps you find cheap books, out of print books and lets you compare prices from 100,000 booksellers.

For printer ink and toner cartridges you need look no further, obviously! You can find ink, toner and printer accessories for all your printing needs and get rebates of up to 80%.

Our Special Back-to-School Coupon Code

All this month, we have a special offer for you parents: Get 5% off any ink and toner order this entire August. Use coupon code SUPPLIES during check out for all your purchases up to 08/31/2015 and enjoy free shipping of your order.

Want to continue to get great discounts on all your printing needs? Subscribe to mailing list and enjoy more amazing back to school savings on printer cartridges.


Get 5% Off Any Ink & Toner OrderThis Entire August! Back To School savings start now.
Posted by CompAndSave.com on Monday, August 3, 2015

Jul 24, 2015

ink cartridges and toner cartridges discount
Get $7 off any $7+ Order at CompAndSave
Summer is the perfect time for BBQs, picnics, spending time at the beach, or doing simple DIY projects inside to beat the heat. Either way, we have a special deal this Ink Fridays™ that help lessen the cost of your summertime fun. Drumroll please, the deal is: Get $7 off any $7+ Ink & Toner Order.

From popular printer brands like HP, Brother, Canon and Lexmark, we have thousands of compatible cartridges to choose from. On top of this, all orders carry a one year warranty, fast shipping, and seven-day customer support.

No matter your summer plans, we think this a great Ink Fridays™ for anyone who has an inkjet or laser printer. Go ahead, check out our deal before it expires today, July 24th, 2015, at midnight (PST).

Sign Up For Ink Fridays™

Our Ink Fridays™ deals always switch out every Friday. If you would like to stay updated on just our Ink Fridays™ offers, sign up to our weekly newsletter on this page. No, we won't spam you. Promise.


Get $7 off any $7+ Ink & Toner Orders! Practically free cartridges - Ink Fridays™
Posted by CompAndSave.com on Friday, July 24, 2015
Friday, July 24, 2015 Denise Resendez
ink cartridges and toner cartridges discount
Get $7 off any $7+ Order at CompAndSave
Summer is the perfect time for BBQs, picnics, spending time at the beach, or doing simple DIY projects inside to beat the heat. Either way, we have a special deal this Ink Fridays™ that help lessen the cost of your summertime fun. Drumroll please, the deal is: Get $7 off any $7+ Ink & Toner Order.

From popular printer brands like HP, Brother, Canon and Lexmark, we have thousands of compatible cartridges to choose from. On top of this, all orders carry a one year warranty, fast shipping, and seven-day customer support.

No matter your summer plans, we think this a great Ink Fridays™ for anyone who has an inkjet or laser printer. Go ahead, check out our deal before it expires today, July 24th, 2015, at midnight (PST).

Sign Up For Ink Fridays™

Our Ink Fridays™ deals always switch out every Friday. If you would like to stay updated on just our Ink Fridays™ offers, sign up to our weekly newsletter on this page. No, we won't spam you. Promise.


Get $7 off any $7+ Ink & Toner Orders! Practically free cartridges - Ink Fridays™
Posted by CompAndSave.com on Friday, July 24, 2015

Jul 20, 2015

For those of you who enjoy DIY home improvement projects, we have some great tips.  First, you can change the layout of your furniture in any room. Sometimes, even the smallest change can make a big difference! One idea is to move the furniture away from the windows to let in more natural light. Another tip is to remove any unnecessary furniture to help make a room look bigger. Simply getting rid of clutter can also make a world of difference. A unique one is 3D printers! Did you know you can use 3D printers to add quirky and interesting touches to your home?

Currently, there's so much research and development ongoing in the 3D printing space. Hence, these machines are becoming ever more useful, capable, efficient, versatile and user friendly. While you and I may not be able to 3D print our own homes just yet, there is a lot we can create and customize with the help of 3D printers.


What you can do right now with your home 3D printers

 


Joshua Stellini, an artist and student at the University of Melbourne used his imagination and a 3D printer to create a unique two-in-one piece of furniture. He created a table that is also a comfy seat – a 3D table with cushiony, 3D printed seating surfaces. The device helped standardize processes and made labor simpler.

And what can you do with a home 3 D printer? Amazon has home printers like a 3D pen to create doodles in the air. They are abstract masterpieces born out of your own imagination! You can also print fabricated parts using PLA filament, a nontoxic resin made of sugar from field corn. PLA filaments can create customized 3D models of various objects like toys, models and miniatures and more with the bigger machines with better features.

You can also use scanning software to create a digital image of the object you want to create. For example, printing out a miniature of a vintage car (a nostalgic conversation starter!). Creating amusing and unusual toys for kids and grandkids is also another great idea. Another cool project is making one-of-a-kind jewelry. You can also make your own replacement parts and tools to your own required specification.

This article outlines some really cool household and home improvement items you can 3D print. For example: a wine rack, a drink dispenser, a portable combination safe, outlet protectors, unique penholders, bottle openers, coasters, wall mounts or hooks, even a shower head and so much more.

3D Printer Services

 



If you're ready to go the DIY route with a 3D printer, there are services that will do this for you. For instance Lowe's Innovation Labs. Lowe's brings you a simple and fun experiences to design and make items for your home. This helps you customize objects such as knobs and handles for your home – items that can be as cute, quirky or unusual as you want them to be.

For just $5 to $20, you can create unique wall prints, handles and other home improvement items. If you're willing to shell out more, there are more premium options. Like having a stainless steel, titanium and gold objects printed out to your specifications.  Lowe's printing specialists will help you choose the color, the material and the shape of the unique objects you want to create. So how about printing an out-of-production antique? Or perhaps you have the fragments of a broken object that you loved? These can be pieced together to create a 3D model for printing so you can replicate it!

Other organizations such as Singularity University Labs also helps in creating products for your business. Authentise Tech and Services is another service devoted to helping businesses find the kind of solutions they are looking for: designing and delivering 3D printing strategies and building tech to empower 3F printing and 3D design businesses.

We love to hear about home improvement stories and DIY projects that our readers share with us. If you have any to share about any DIY 3D printing projects that you were involved in at home or work, we’d love to hear about those as well!
Monday, July 20, 2015 Denise Resendez
For those of you who enjoy DIY home improvement projects, we have some great tips.  First, you can change the layout of your furniture in any room. Sometimes, even the smallest change can make a big difference! One idea is to move the furniture away from the windows to let in more natural light. Another tip is to remove any unnecessary furniture to help make a room look bigger. Simply getting rid of clutter can also make a world of difference. A unique one is 3D printers! Did you know you can use 3D printers to add quirky and interesting touches to your home?

Currently, there's so much research and development ongoing in the 3D printing space. Hence, these machines are becoming ever more useful, capable, efficient, versatile and user friendly. While you and I may not be able to 3D print our own homes just yet, there is a lot we can create and customize with the help of 3D printers.


What you can do right now with your home 3D printers

 


Joshua Stellini, an artist and student at the University of Melbourne used his imagination and a 3D printer to create a unique two-in-one piece of furniture. He created a table that is also a comfy seat – a 3D table with cushiony, 3D printed seating surfaces. The device helped standardize processes and made labor simpler.

And what can you do with a home 3 D printer? Amazon has home printers like a 3D pen to create doodles in the air. They are abstract masterpieces born out of your own imagination! You can also print fabricated parts using PLA filament, a nontoxic resin made of sugar from field corn. PLA filaments can create customized 3D models of various objects like toys, models and miniatures and more with the bigger machines with better features.

You can also use scanning software to create a digital image of the object you want to create. For example, printing out a miniature of a vintage car (a nostalgic conversation starter!). Creating amusing and unusual toys for kids and grandkids is also another great idea. Another cool project is making one-of-a-kind jewelry. You can also make your own replacement parts and tools to your own required specification.

This article outlines some really cool household and home improvement items you can 3D print. For example: a wine rack, a drink dispenser, a portable combination safe, outlet protectors, unique penholders, bottle openers, coasters, wall mounts or hooks, even a shower head and so much more.

3D Printer Services

 



If you're ready to go the DIY route with a 3D printer, there are services that will do this for you. For instance Lowe's Innovation Labs. Lowe's brings you a simple and fun experiences to design and make items for your home. This helps you customize objects such as knobs and handles for your home – items that can be as cute, quirky or unusual as you want them to be.

For just $5 to $20, you can create unique wall prints, handles and other home improvement items. If you're willing to shell out more, there are more premium options. Like having a stainless steel, titanium and gold objects printed out to your specifications.  Lowe's printing specialists will help you choose the color, the material and the shape of the unique objects you want to create. So how about printing an out-of-production antique? Or perhaps you have the fragments of a broken object that you loved? These can be pieced together to create a 3D model for printing so you can replicate it!

Other organizations such as Singularity University Labs also helps in creating products for your business. Authentise Tech and Services is another service devoted to helping businesses find the kind of solutions they are looking for: designing and delivering 3D printing strategies and building tech to empower 3F printing and 3D design businesses.

We love to hear about home improvement stories and DIY projects that our readers share with us. If you have any to share about any DIY 3D printing projects that you were involved in at home or work, we’d love to hear about those as well!