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.
I printed this on my XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 3D Printer. Here’s a look toward the beginning of the process.
This 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.
Finished 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.
I 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… 🙂
Update: 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.
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.
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