If you are tired of products that don’t fit your needs exactly, you should start using 3D printers for hunting and fishing.
Using 3D printers for hunting & fishing can be the best way to ensure that you get the exact product you need, and without all the searching. We have officially moved into a new age of technology where it is possible to design and print objects that fit your exact needs and specifications all from the comfort of your own home.
When 3D printers were first developed they were outrageously expensive, but as the technology has increased, the price has dropped to a much more reasonable figure. Though the old saying, “You get what you pay for” seems to hold true in the 3D printer world.
Using 3D printers for hunting and fishing is still a new concept. While the idea of using the printers for guns has been around and tested for quite some time now, many of the applications to the outdoors with hunting and fishing remain largely unexplored.
But the possibilities are endless when it comes to printing objects that can be useful to us in the outdoors. Think about how many times you have been in the woods and thought, “I wish I had something on this stand to hold my calls,” or “I wish there was a cheap way to attach a camera to my gun for capturing hunting footage.” The thoughts of things we wish we had come very often while we are in the woods or out on the lake but now with 3D printing, we can actually do something about it.
Let’s look at a few examples of some people who have already started using 3D printers for hunting & fishing:
3D printer Dick Cho came up with the design for this fully functional 3D printed compound bow. He has tested and improved upon the bow numerous times and is now up to the version called the Vincy Compound Bow Mark 3. The best thing about products like these is that people usually share their design plans so all you have to do is download the plans and start printing your own.
Kevin Taylor helped to form a startup company in San Diego, California making and selling 3D printed fishing lures. He used his 3D printer to create a mold for the exact design he was looking for and then used silicone to create the actual lures themselves. Based on his results, I would say it may not be worth it to try to start a business that way, but for crafting your own lures it can be well worth the effort.
Obviously this one will take a little more time and effort than the lures, but some students at Oklahoma State University have shown that a fully functioning fishing reel can be crafted on a 3D printer. They designed and printed the one pictured and then took it out to the lake and caught a stringer of fish.
Those are just a few examples of completed products that have been designed and brought to life by 3D printers. Once you have your own 3D printer, the only thing holding you back is your imagination. There are a number of websites, such as thingiverse.com, where you can go and download ideas that others have designed or get help from someone with more experience on a design you want to build.
What are you waiting for? Start doing your research on which printer you should buy, and start designing and using 3D printers for hunting & fishing now.Follow me on twitter @chrisbuck243