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Shower Head MK1

by ErikJDurwoodII, published

Shower Head MK1 by ErikJDurwoodII Jan 9, 2013

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Description

Are you looking for a fairer faucet? Let me be your angel, Charlie!

This is the first revision of a shower head intended to screw on to a standard 1/2" threaded shower pipe.

Pressurized water is a tricky thing to deal with; especially with 3D prints. The nozzles on this are designed to keep turbulence low and under adequate pressure, the taper on the business end of the hole should keep the water stream solid. They are pretty small holes so they will likely close up a bit when printing but when you use a pushpin or paperclip to check them, they should be just the right size in the end.

UPDATE! I just installed my prototype and D'OH! I had the thread going the wrong direction! Still, I muscled it on and it sealed alright. The holes were closed shut after the print and once the plastic cooled, they were hard to open with a pin. Still, It works pretty darn well! There was some water that seeped through the layers and I'm certain water will become trapped inside the head but if you print at .2 or even .1 mm layer height, print it pretty much solid and maybe dunk it in acetone for a second or two, it should be nice and watertight!

I updated the file with the correct thread and fewer/larger holes.

Spray away!

If you like what I do and want to help me do more, please consider supporting me on my Patreon page! patreon.com/ErikJDurwoodII Thanks!

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Thank you for sharing such a useful thing. Do you have any plans to create angle-adjustable shower head? Thanks!!

Love what you did! You inspired me to make one of my own in OpenSCAD for the MakerBot Customizer App. http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

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Instructions

1) Print shower head nozzles-down. My prototype was printed with a layer height of .27 mm, 20% infill and 3 shells in white ABS plastic.

2) Use a pushpin or small paperclip to excavate and true the holes of each nozzle.

3) Press a 1/2" faucet gasket to the mating surface of the interior of the threaded neck.

4) Layer Teflon piping tape on the threads of the shower pipe.

5) Firmly thread and twist the shower head on the pipe until you feel it press into the gasket.

6) Cinch it down with about a quarter-turn of pressure. Remember this is plastic, don't over-tighten as you can strip the threads or split the layers.

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innomind on Sep 9, 2013 said:

Thank you for sharing such a useful thing. Do you have any plans to create angle-adjustable shower head? Thanks!!

dsnettleton on Feb 6, 2013 said:

Love what you did! You inspired me to make one of my own in OpenSCAD for the MakerBot Customizer App. http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

latigerlilly on Jan 19, 2013 said:

You, sir, are very talented!

thecrazy on Jan 13, 2013 said:

If you heat the tip of your pin or needle it will be easy to open the holes.

BTW if you still have the one with more holes could you put it back up?

zaaphod on Jan 12, 2013 said:

this is awesome! just a minor point... more of an FYI shower heads thread onto a 1/2" pipe... 1/2" pipe threads are over 3/4" on their outside diameter... but they still call it 1/2" pipe. Pipe threads are also tapered starting at a diameter of 0.75843 at the end and going all the way to the outside diameter of the pipe which is 0.840

http://machiningproducts.com/h...
http://www.plumbingsupply.com/...

ErikJDurwoodII on Jan 12, 2013 said:

I do have a taper on the threads, but thanks so much for the info! I'm not savvy to plumbing more than fixture installation so I appreciate the correction! I'll update the description so those that know what they are doing won't be confused! Thanks again!

yzorg on Jan 10, 2013 said:

cool.
now do a adjustable shower head with three or more rainfunctions

martinbogo on Jan 10, 2013 said:

Why not make it gold plated while you're at it?

*rolls eyes*

Considering this is the first "rain" style showerhead on thingiverse, it's full of plain awesome.

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