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Make Your Own Stir Plate: 3D Printed Stir Plate Magnet Mounting-Thingy!

3D Printed Stir Plate

In my quest to build a stir plate using a computer cooling type fan, I found that the most difficult part of getting that to work well was mounting the magnets properly.  I settled on two magnets and in spite of several attempts I was unable to get an efficient (or even stable) mount for the magnets.  Magnet alignment is an important part of stir plate design.  Uneven or mis-spaced magnets mean easily thrown stir bars and poor performance.

I decided to design and print a 3D printed mounting aid to make magnet mounting easier and more precise.  I’ve since dubbed this the HBF Stir Plate Mounting-Thingy.  In my opinion, it turned out pretty amazing.

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Make Your Own Stir Plate: 3D Printed Stir Plate Magnet Mounting-Thingy!

3D Printed Stir Plate

In my quest to build a stir plate using a computer cooling type fan, I found that the most difficult part of getting that to work well was mounting the magnets properly.  I settled on two magnets and in spite of several attempts I was unable to get an efficient (or even stable) mount for the magnets.  Magnet alignment is an important part of stir plate design.  Uneven or mis-spaced magnets mean easily thrown stir bars and poor performance.

I decided to design and print a 3D printed mounting aid to make magnet mounting easier and more precise.  I’ve since dubbed this the HBF Stir Plate Mounting-Thingy.  In my opinion, it turned out pretty amazing.

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XYZprinting Da Vinci 1 3D Printer – Tap Handles, Stir Plates and More + 3D Printing Tips

XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 3D Printer, Grey

I’ve had my XYZpringing Da Vinci 1 3D Printer since the end of 2014.  I’ve used it for a lot of projects including several homebrewing related prints.  A few of those… Pub Style Tap Handle – 6 ml Measuring Cup for Star SanMagnet Mounting Thingy – more projects are on the way.  It’s relatively easy to design your own prints and pre-designed STL files abound on sites like thingiverse.

The Da Vinci 1,0 is 2014 CES Editors’ Choice Award Winner – Most Affordable 3D Printer.  It has a large 475 cubic inch build volume (7.8″ x 7.8″ x 7.8″).  It includes ABS filament.  User Manual, Printer Cleaning Guide and Load Filament Guide are all available as PDF files under the Product Information section.

XYZPrinting DaVinci 1 Purchase DateI’ve been very happy with this printer.  Check out a few tips below.

XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 3D Printer

DIY Stir Plate3D Magnet Mount in Action

Some Da Vinci 1 Tips  –

  • I clean the printer bed with a cloth and warm water first (as suggested in the directions) but then go a step further by completing a final cleaning with rubbing alcohol.  I picked this up from Make Magazine.  It doesn’t take much.  Several drops along with a paper towel or clean cloth do the trick.  This cleans off any residual oil and helps the model stick to the platform.
  • The printer includes a glue stick for helping to affix prints to the bed.  These are just standard UHU Glue Sticks.  I’ve found a thin even coat of glue works the best.
  • A properly calibrated and leveled bed is a big part of getting a quality print.  If your first layer is getting spread out, your bed is too high.  If edges are lifting up, your bed is too low.  I’ve found the built in calibration routine on this printer to be difficult and time consuming.  I started using Gap Feeler Gauge to do a manual calibration.  Note that this is not the factory recommended method for calibration.  I picked up this set of feeler gauges to do this.  I use the .2 mm gauge.  It’s a quick and simple process.  I start one of the demo prints and wait for the printer to warm up and print the purge line on the right hand side of the bed.  As the print head moves toward the middle of the bed to start the demo item, I unplug the printer.  The printer head and bed are hot so be careful and cautious if you decide to do this.  I move the head above each of the adjustment screws and adjust until the .2 mm gap tool just starts to drag on the head.  Complete 3 times at each point and then go back around to double check and fine tune.  This process takes just a few minutes.  Again… this is not the factory recommended solution.  If you do it, do so at your own risk and be careful – the print head and bed are hot.  Also… I did not develop this technique.  I found it on a forum.  It seems to be pretty widely mentioned.  I think the factory solution could also produce good results.  I just didn’t put a lot of time into getting good at it.

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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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Make Your Own Stir Plate: 3D Printed Stir Plate Magnet Mounting-Thingy!

3D Printed Stir Plate

In my quest to build a stir plate using a computer cooling type fan, I found that the most difficult part of getting that to work well was mounting the magnets properly.  I settled on two magnets and in spite of several attempts I was unable to get an efficient (or even stable) mount for the magnets.  Magnet alignment is an important part of stir plate design.  Uneven or mis-spaced magnets mean easily thrown stir bars and poor performance.

I decided to design and print a 3D printed mounting aid to make magnet mounting easier and more precise.  I’ve since dubbed this the HBF Stir Plate Mounting-Thingy.  In my opinion, it turned out pretty amazing.

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3D Printed 6ml Measuring Cup for Measuring Star San

3D Printed Measuring Cup for Star San

I think 3D Printing has a bunch of possible applications for homebrewing.  From tap handles to stir plates to… custom sized measuring cups and on and on.

I stumbled across these customizable measuring cups by wstein on thingiverse.  The author provides files for several sizes of cups and also includes the ability to customize these to the specific size you’re looking for.  See below for links to both the original STL files and a customized 6 ml version.  I thought this would be handy to create a purpose sized measuring cup for Star San.

First, some background… I use the Spray Bottle Method for sanitizing.  With that technique you measure out 6 mls of Star San and combine with 1 Gallon of water.  Then you use a Spray Bottle to soak and sanitize surfaces.  Check out of full description of the method including math for the 6 mls.

On to the measuring cup…

75per_img_7413Printing on my XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 3D Printer

3D Printing HomebrewingCompleted 6 ml measuring cup.  This is small and didn’t take long to print.  I didn’t record the exact time, but maybe… 20 minutes or so.

Measuring SyringeHere’s the measuring cup next to a 12 cc Syringe

6 ml measuring cupHere is a picture of 6 mls in the cup.  I’d say it’s pretty close.

3D Printed Measuring Cup for Star SanThe cup affixes nicely on the side of a bottle of PBW using a rubber band.

I’d like to come up with a two ended measuring spoon.  One side would be 6 ml for Star San and the other side one ounce for both Star San and PBW.  The 6 ml side would just be for Star San where the one could be used for either Star San or PBW.  Dosing for Star San = 1 ounce per 5 gallons and dosing for PBW = 1 to 3 ounces per gallon.  If you are a design whiz and come up with such a thing, Email Us, and I’ll share your file.  Otherwise, this will have to wait for me to learn Solidworks.

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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.

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Pub Style Tap Handle by InfiniTTTy on thingiverse

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