Ribbed Bubble Wands

by gringer, published

Ribbed Bubble Wands by gringer Nov 30, 2012
0 Share
Download All Files

Thing Apps Enabled

Order This Printed View All Apps


Ribbed Bubble Wands by gringer is licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution license.

Use This Project

Give a Shout Out

If you print this Thing and display it in public proudly give attribution by printing and displaying this tag.

Print Thing Tag

Thing Statistics

4396Views 2196Downloads Found in Toys & Games


Bubble wands, ribbed for your enjoyment. The ribbing holds more mixture, allowing more stable bubbles.


Download and print bubble_wand_ribbed_2.stl, then make bubbles.

My most successful homemade bubble solution is made using the most plain bar soap I could find (e.g. castile, or eco-store brand). This is nowhere near as successful as the shop-bought bubble solutions:

  1. Put about 1/8c of broken soap pieces into a container.

  2. Add 2c boiling water and mix

2a. Further heating / mixing may be needed depending on how broken the soap is

  1. Leave until cool. This will generate a thick gel-like substance (liquid soap)

  2. When ready to bubble, combine 1 part gel solution with 5 parts boiling water

My first iteration had the ribbing on the inside, which made the bubbles more likely to pop as they left the wand, particularly when made only half-height due to a reprap disconnection mid-way through.

The second iteration has ribbing on the top surface, but not any sides. The angle of the ribbing tries to draw the mixture into the wand centre. The wand seems a bit too thick though -- I notice that other wands are 2mm square profile. The second iteration makes fairly nice bubbles, but they don't close easily.

The third iteration has ribbing on top, bottom and sides. The ribbing is variable width to try to encourage more bubble nucleation, but not as sharp as in the first iteration. The model has also been reduced to a 2mm square profile for the wand part, as well as removing fillets (which made my reprap pause for far too long). It seems to do better at closing bubbles, but the model is probably more complex than it needs to be.

The fourth iteration has angled prongs, and more internal places for the bubble mixture to reside. It's also constructed entirely in OpenSCAD, as I'm a little bit more practised in that now.

A nanopore version of the bubble wand has also been produced, inspired by the micropatterning of the Oxford Nanopore MinION flow cells.

I've since discovered that my gear generator also makes it easy to make ribbed bubble wands. Yay for serendipity!

More from Toys & Games

view more

All Apps

3D Print your file with 3D Hubs, the world’s largest online marketplace for 3D printing services.

App Info Launch App

This App connects Thingiverse with Makeprintable, a cloud-based mesh repair service that analyzes, validates and repairs most common mesh errors that can occur when preparing a 3D design file for p...

App Info Launch App

Kiri:Moto is an integrated cloud-based slicer and tool-path generator for 3D Printing, CAM / CNC and Laser cutting. *** 3D printing mode provides model slicing and GCode output using built-in...

App Info Launch App
KiriMoto Thing App

With 3D Slash, you can edit 3d models like a stonecutter. A unique interface: as fun as a building game! The perfect tool for non-designers and children to create in 3D.

App Info Launch App

The 'secret' ingredient to good bubble solution is a healthy % of glycerin.

"ribbed for your child's pleasure" :-|

Thanks much! I love that when I need a bubble wand at 11:30pm on a Monday night I don't even need to draw it up myself, search thingiverse and it's there! printed and worked wonderfully.

great for kids, thanks