14+ Coolest Snapmaker Projects You Can Make At Home 2022

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The three main tools in automated manufacturing are 3D printing, CNC machining, and laser cutting. Few are lucky enough to have the money and space to have access to all three, and that’s where companies like Snapmaker come in.

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The versatile machines are all good for any one of the three intended uses, but they really shine when you need to combine 3D printing, CNC carving and/or laser cutting and engraving into a single project.

This can lead to some really cool results at a fraction of the effort by using individual machines or relying solely on one. By combining different strengths, Snapmaker machines remove a lot of limitations, and it shows in what’s being done with them.

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Here we’ll take a look at some of the coolest Snapmaker projects to get you started, as well as which Snapmaker models and add-ons are ideal for you depending on which projects catch your eye.

LED Batman Lamp

What is it about the Batman logo that can maintain the same basic shape across all iterations but still be noticeably from one particular incarnation?

This Batman Lamp is inspired by the symbol from the acclaimed animated series, and was as the designer’s first project using a Snapmaker 2.0 CNC router function.

Snpmaker Lamp Project Batman

Despite being black, the stretched design of this logo makes it really easy to backlight with simple LEDs, making for a very cool CNC-made wall decoration.

Using a 12” x 12” sheet of acrylic, you’ll have enough left for two smaller versions to be cut for smaller lamps, keychains, or even just simple decorations.

Topographical Maps

Topographical maps are some of the coolest things you can make with a Snapmaker machine. They can be as simple or as accurate as you like, and depict just about anywhere in the world.

CNC Map

The main bulk of any 3D map will be made using the CNC router in your Snapmaker, but employing the laser engraver will also let you carve out natural features like rivers and tree lines as well as buildings. For these subtle additions to your projects, though, the laser graver might be the better option.

For a more traditional map style, you can even laser engrave landmark locations and district names if you want to make a map of your hometown or local area.

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To go one step further, you can use the 3D printer to make models of the actual buildings to make a real top-down model of an area. And if 3D printing is more your alley, you can check out our guide to 3D printed topographical maps here.

3D maps can be as easy or as challenging as you want, and with a 3-in-1 machine like Snapmakers make it all the more convenient to be as creative as you like.

 

Coasters

One of the easiest things you can make with a CNC router is your own coasters. They’re fun creative exercises, don’t use much material, and even sell well if you’re looking to make some money on the side.

Snapmaker Coaster Project

Coasters in whimsical shapes are easily made with the CNC router, but with the laser engraver you can also etch in your own designs without sacrificing stability by cutting too deep.

Popular characters, custom and original artwork, or words and phrases are just a few ideas of what you can carve into your coaster without having to switch machines.

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If you do plan on selling them, then upgrading to the 10W laser engraver will let you make more stock much faster for your customers, and even let you engrave anodized aluminum in case you’re feeling ambitious.

If the 10W laser engraver sounds good to you, you can check out our full review of it here.

Personalized Keychains and Tags

Much like the coasters, keychains and pet tags are Snapmaker CNC projects that also use the laser engraver.

After choosing whatever shape you’d like for your keychain, you can put the CNC router to work before using the laser engraver to carve in whatever name or image you want. 3D printing keychains alone is fun, but Snapmaker lets you get a lot more creative.

Snapmaker Kaeychains

While this is a fine Snapmaker project for any of their models, using the optional rotary module will let you make more rounded and detailed keychains like engraved cylinders or intricately detailed artworks in no time.

Again, the 10W laser engraver will help with these, especially if you’re making them in bulk for friends and family.

Clocks

If you’re happy with your 3-in-1 machine but still want to scratch that engineer’s itch, then you can make a variety of clocks using either the CNC router or 3D printer along with the laser-engraver for numbers and surface decoration.

Snapmaker Clock Project

Cat clocks of all shapes and sizes are particularly popular for reasons beyond this dog person’s comprehension, but even I can’t deny how creative they can get. From elegant to silly, there are plenty to get you started.

Naturally, these are just examples. If you’re comfortable handling the inner workings of a clock yourself, you can turn just about anything into one, even a 3D map!

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The main thing to be careful of when making your clock is to ensure the number placements are the correct distance apart. This distance will change depending on the size of the clock you’re making, but as long as you take care with that then you should be all good to go.

A clock that doesn’t tell the time isn’t much use, after all, and it wouldn’t even be right twice a day.

Toys

3D printing toys is a great use for any 3D printer, but as Snapmaker projects they can be taken to the next level.

Snapmaker 3D Toys

With the 3D printer, you can make some detailed action figures or statuettes resembling your favorite people and characters, and you can make awesome 3D puzzles and jigsaws with the CNC router or laser cutter. And you can combine any of them to make some cool new creations

3D puzzles come in a lot of shapes and sizes, like this castle. For some extra inspiration, you can try to make your own version of some of our favorite 3D puzzles here.

Toy Boat

If you’re itching to use the laser cutter, you can upgrade to the 10W laser to make some cool toys like this wooden sailboat or the Da Vinci Glider if you’re still hankering for an engineering-focused Snapmaker project.

Chess Pieces

Making new and custom pieces for board games is a cool use for any 3D printer, but with the added help of Snapmaker’s optional rotary module, you can make some insanely detailed chess pieces with either the CNC router or 3D printer.

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Snapmaker users have already found success making chess pieces with the rotary module, like this Star Wars set. The rotary module also lets you easily engrave the fronts of the pieces without having to use supports.

Of course, you can 3D print a lot of chess sets without any extra additions, but if you want to use CNC machining to carve your own set out of wood then you are going to need to make use of the module for top-quality results. It gets a bit noisy, but the outcome is worth it.

 

Snapmaker Add-Ons

With the release of the Snapmaker 2.0 line, the possibilities for easy, multifaceted projects are expanded even further than ever, and made more convenient to boot.

Standard machines will do well for things like coasters and figurines, but you’ll want something a little more substantial if you’re looking to build a go-kart.

You can check out our review of the Snapmaker 2.0 3-in-1 machines here.

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As well as coming in different sizes, Snapmaker offers a selection of optional add-ons. We’ve mentioned a few here already, but here’s a more in-depth look at what’s on offer if you have particularly complex projects in mind.

Snapmaker Rotary Module

The Snapmaker rotary module is one of the coolest add-ons they offer. While especially useful for CNC carving, it can be used for 3D printing and laser engraving too.

Snapmaker Rotary Module

The added fourth axis allows for more intricate projects as well as carving and engraving on curved surfaces.

Enclosure

Exposure to breezes and dust affects prints more than many would think. The enclosure keeps projects safe while they’re under way, isolating dust and debris to make your workspace safer and your projects better protected.

Snapmaker Enclosure Add-On

Yet another addition for the enclosure is the air purifier, making your workspace safer and more comfortable.

10W High Power Laser Module

If you’re big into laser engraving, then the high-power laser module is a must. It’s significantly faster than the standard affair, boasting speeds of up to 6x that of the standard 1.6W module.

Snapmaker 10W Laser Engraver Upgrade

As well as strength and speed, the 10W is capable of much finer and more complicated engravings due to the finer detailing and deeper cuts.

Coming Soon: Dual Extruder

At the time of writing this, Snapmaker have announced a dual extruder as an upcoming add-on.

Snapmaker Dual Extruder Add-On

Dual extruders are extremely useful for multi-color and multi-filament projects that both stand out and allow for all kinds of new and interesting projects. Dual extruders are rare on standard 3D printers, so this upcoming upgrade is something to get really excited about.

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