3D Printed Pub Style Tap Handle

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A while back I got an XYZprinting Da Vinci 3D Printer.  I think 3D Printing has a bunch of possible applications for homebrewing.  From tap handles to stir plates and on and on.

Here’s a look at a 3D printed Pub Style Tap Handle designed by “InfiniTTTy” and available on thingiverse.  A link to the STL files and project description can be found below.

3D Printed Tap HandleI printed this on my XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 3D Printer.  Here’s a look toward the beginning of the process.

3D Printed Tap HandleMaybe halfway through

3D Printed Tap HandleTa Da… Printed Thing!  I printed this on the Da Vinci’s Best Setting.  It took about 3 hours.

3D Printed Tap HandleThis also gets a decorative cap on the top.  You can, of course, print either of these pieces in your choice of colors.  The color is based on what color filament you’re using.

3D Printed Tap HandleFinished product.   The bottoms on these end up with a little extra material that needs trimmed.  I’ve been doing that with a utility knife.  The one thing I would change for this build would be… get a sharper utility knife.  Mine was too dull.  I could have ended up with cleaner lines with a sharper knife.  It’s amazing to me that I printed this.

3D Printed Tap HandleI attached the top piece on with Gorilla‘s Gorilla Super Glue.  Gorilla makes some stellar products including Gorilla Duct Tape.  I don’t consider it patched when using that.. I consider it permanently fixed… 🙂

75per_img_7266For size comparison.  From left to right Dry Erase Board Tap Handle, 3d Printed Pub Style Handle, Standard Black Faucet Handle

3D Printed Tap Handle WeightUpdate:  Google+ Friend Ray asked about material cost.  Great question.  I pulled out my AWS-100 Digital Gram Scale – Review – and weighed it up.  It came out to 26.34 grams.  At the current cost for filament (as of 1-15-15) this figures out to about 1.23 in filament.

75per_img_7300Installed.  Just served an oatmeal stout.

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This is a nice little tap handle.  I did some pulling and bending on it and it held together just fine.  One of the commenters on the thingiverse page indicates that they have been using it for two years.  Other styles of tap handles are available on thingiverse.  Of course, if you don’t find what you like you can always… make it.

XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 3D Printer – Filament

Pub Style Tap Handle by InfiniTTTy on thingiverse

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4 thoughts on “3D Printed Pub Style Tap Handle

  1. Npushis

    You can smooth the surface of parts printed with ABS filament by using a warm acetone vapor set up. I believe the method is posted on the reprap wiki.

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  2. Brandon

    Hello HBF,

    In your searches, have you come across any food grade filament? Or more specifically, beer grade?

    Thanks!

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    1. admin Post author

      Guessing there is something out there, but I”m not sure. I will say… I don’t know that I would use this for anything that has significant contact with beer during or after fermentation. The surface on these prints is typically not perfect. I think there are just too many spots to harbor bacteria.

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