3D Printed Stick Shift Handle

3D printed gear shifter

Here’s a silly hack for you guys. Turn your head (or anything else really) into a stick shift handle!

All jokes about vanity aside, [Haqnmaq] has outlined an excellent Instructable on how to take 3D scans, manipulate them, and make them 3D printer ready. He’s chosen to use a Microsoft Kinect (one of the cheapest 3D scanners around) combined with some low-cost 3D software. He’s used both Skanect and Reconstructme with great success, which both have free (albeit slightly limited) versions. The model he used for his stick shift was actually taken at the 3D Printing Experience in Chicago.

Anyway, once you’ve gotten your 3D scan turned into a .STL file, it just needs to be imported into Netfabb Basic to make any repairs necessary before 3D printing. Find out what size nut your stick shift uses, add a cut extrude into your model (he used Autodesk’s 123D design software to do this), print it off, glue the nut in, and your done!

Regardless of whether or not you want your head shifting the gears, its an excellent introduction to 3D scanning to 3D printing.


  1. Morgen says:

    Generally “stick shift” implies a manual transmission. Picture depicts an automatic. What you’ve shown here is generally referred to as a “Gear Selector Knob” or “Gear Selector Handle” since it operates an automatic transmission.

    For a manual transmission, the equivalent part would be referred to as a “Shift Knob”.

    Otherwise, a good tutorial for taking and preparing 3D scans…

  2. strider_mt2k says:

    Full speed ahead!

  3. sui says:

    You could replace it with a sawed-off dildo

  4. cyberteque says:

    next, scan your own foot for the accelerator pedal

    then maybe 3D printed fuzzy dice for the mirror


  5. Matt Fluger says:

    This is hilarious. I am thinking of what a date might think if she saw my head on the stick shift. If someone gets made at you, they can take it out on the head!

  6. Oliver says:

    Nice! But I will have my skull as stick shift handle :) I derived a model of it from CT images. I first viewed it in ImageJ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2N7i_gGYGLQ
    Later on I found a software called ImageVis3D, which is perfect to import DCOM images as well and is able to export a STL file. You just have to load the data, threshold the images and export the mesh. Highly recommened: http://www.sci.utah.edu/software/imagevis3d.html

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