We are now called techno-hobbyists. People are making toys, chess sets, lamps, serving trays and packaging or any exotic thing you can think of. There is a company called Shapeways that could help you understand the new things you can create without making the investment in a 3-D printer first. Go to the website and pick objects that others have designed, tweak them into something you like, the company’s software can configure it and you can order it. Shapeways will make the thing on their equipment and will send it to you.
If you are into personalization of your initials or name, this will fill your ego. They print stuff in all sorts of materials like plastic in many colors, glass and stainless steel. Napkin rings are fun. Surprise your guests with a ring with their name on it. That’s over the top in cool. They have a “create your own” click on their website and it’s yours with a little information.
Hey, I don’t think I’ll buy this stuff anytime soon but if you are artistic, creative or just want to design stuff, go for it. It’s just another thing available to us so we can live alone on an island and do our own thing but still be in contact with people and offer something to society. Yes, the way of the world. Let me have stuff but leave me alone.