9 free 3D prints to organize your workshop
There’s no better time than now to host your workshop; and if you have a 3D printer, you don’t even have to leave the building. From the comfort of your home, you can download a range of functional prints to keep all your little bits neatly organised. And while store-bought organizers are cheap and plentiful, you’ll never get the perfect custom fit.
Get inspired to tidy up your space with these 3D printing projects and don’t be afraid to remix the designs to your exact measurements.
1. Modular Drawer Organizer
Let’s start simple with a sleek modular drawer organizer made up of edging pieces and dividers that snap together. You can download all files from the Thingiverse project page.
The files are ready to use as they are in STL format, or they can be edited using OpenSCAD or the Thingiverse Customizer. If you’ve never edited a 3D printing project before, this is a nice and simple project to start with.
A custom fit will ensure that any tool, part or loose object floating around in the drawer will be tucked away. The project image shows kitchen utensils, but it’s not hard to imagine how you could divide and conquer your workshop clutter.
2. Sci-Fi Inspired Tiny Parts Storage
Everything needs a home, including tiny bolts, screws and connectors, so what better way to solve that problem than with a small set of sci-fi inspired storage drawers? You can also take a look at over 100 other community brands on the Thingiverse project page to see various retro colorways, as well as several different box sizes.
The original set of crates shown in the project description is a 90mm cube, but you will also find STL files for small crates, extra large crates and sizes in between. Start by counting how many small parts you need to arrange, then 3D print enough to meet your needs.
3. Small stackable drawers in different sizes
The beauty of this 3D printed stackable drawer is that you can print a new one every time your parts inventory grows. It’s worth exploring the many colorful community brands on the Thingiverse project page too, because some really stand out, like the multicolored rainbow sets.
The STL files include all sorts of drawer sizes and combinations, so you can start small or straight up build a massive stack to store all your stuff. Coils, D&D miniatures, and art supplies are all good options for storing in this organizer.
4. Drill bit organizer
This 3D drill bit organizer is printed in pastel colors to give it a 70s or 90s aesthetic, depending on who you ask. To anyone old enough to remember it, it almost looks like a Caboodle, a kind of plastic makeup bag made in 1987. If you want to replicate the original design from the manufacturer, you can search for the Prusament filament called Terracotta Light and Pistachio Green.
The download folder will come with three files which you can get from the Thingiverse project page; However, the latch is not included and you will need to download it from the Thingiverse Page “Latch for Frog Box” In place. Just as there are tools every maker should have, there are organizers every workshop should have, including this one.
5. Micro SD, SD and USB Organizer
This 3D printed desk organizer will keep all your microSD cards, regular SD cards and USB drives neatly sorted in a dedicated holder. There’s surprisingly high demand for this nifty organizer with nearly 500 community brands at the time of writing, so head over to the Thingiverse project page to check them.
Who needs so many slots, you might be wondering? A photo print shop, on the other hand, will often take up a lot of customer USB drives. And if this design isn’t big enough, there’s a Thingiverse Remix which almost doubles the number of slots!
6. Custom attachments for pegboards of all shapes and sizes
Pegboard – with its standard 1/4 inch holes and 1 inch spacing – is used in many home workshops to organize all kinds of tools and parts. Use it to hold tools, organize parts in bins or trays, or display your gear. The customization possibilities are endless.
If you have a pegboard in your workshop, it’s worth checking out what unique accessories you can 3D print for it. In this Thingiverse Project, the manufacturer collectively calls its creations the Pegboard Wizard, and it’s not hard to see why. There are so many shapes, sizes, bins and trays to choose from, including nearly 1000 design remixes for you to explore too.
7. Hive Cable Organizer
This 3D printed cable holder is shaped like a honeycomb and is perfect for organizing your small cables; just bend your cable and insert it straight. You don’t have to worry about rolling it up neatly or securing it with a Velcro cable tie.
While originally designed to fit on a desk and hold small cables, the manufacturer has updated the project with some additional size options for larger cables. The smaller is 120mm tall, while the larger is 180mm, and you can explore the different options on the Thingiverse project page.
Simple, functional and beautiful, this design has proven to be a popular solution for tidying up your workspace. To make sure your print comes out great, try some of these tips for fixing PLA that isn’t sticking to the print bed.
8. USB cable holders
There are a few solutions for keeping USB cables tidy in your workshop, which is essential for anyone who works with multiple computing devices. To start, you can try this USB slot design on Thingiversewhich works by inserting the USB end of the cable into a socket, just like you would plug it into a USB port.
Alternatively, you can test the Multi-Clip USB Cable Holder on Thingiverse, which has notches for the wire rope to hang. If you don’t need so many places or want to place the cable ties in different places, try this Unique USB cable support on Thingiverse.
9. Filament spool holder
Finally, for any 3D prints you might do in the future, it’s best to organize your filament spools as well. The solution doesn’t have to be complicated either, because it Thingiverse design will really show. These pieces fit together simply by pressing them together, nothing could be simpler.
You will need four pieces for each spool holder, plus four 608 bearings. After putting the pieces together, the end result will look like two long rails for the spool to sit on. This design also allows the spool to easily spin in place thanks to the bearings, making it much more convenient to remove the spool when needed.
3D printing of any type of organizer
When you have a 3D printer, it can be a lot of fun printing designs to organize your space. Basic shapes are often enough to create functional organizers, and it’s also what works best for successful 3D prints.
Some of the most useful things to print include stackable drawers, small parts bins, and cable holders. But SD card slots or custom spool holders are what people are most excited about. Everything can be modified to fit the exact dimensions of your workshop and with these simple prints it’s the perfect place to experiment.