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Full size tape dispenser

by TheNewHobbyist, published

Full size tape dispenser by TheNewHobbyist Jan 18, 2012


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I was inspired by jag's awesome tape dispenser and the new giant build platform of the Replicator to make a full size tape dispenser.

This is definitely a work in progress at the moment.

The only problem I envisioned with scaling up jag's idea was the weight (or lack thereof) of the dispenser. So I made room for something we all have lying around, AA batteries.

The idea is that you insert 6 used AA batteries into the bottom of the dispenser to act as the sand or metal weights normally found in desktop tape dispensers. This (in theory) will keep it from flying across your desk when you reach for some tape.

Edit: Added some additional files. "Tape Dispenser_tapewheel_hollow.stl" can be printed and fitted with a wooden dowel to act as an axle. I also separated the tape dispenser body and original tape wheel into individual STLs for selective printing.

I'm still not totally sold on the current tape wheel design but I think the Dispenser body is pretty close to what I want.


  1. Print tape dispenser body and tape wheel
  2. Insert 6 used AAA batteries into the holes on the bottom
  3. Insert tape

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i measured the rolls of tape that i had, and they are all 26mm inner diameter.i printed the wheel with a diameter of 25.90mm and it fit snug, but works. Awesome

Hah awesome! I kind of forgot about this model. Now that I have a printer large enough to print this out I need to make sure it all works!

I made one! I'm glad someone created a full-size one. I definitely wanted something ostentatious. Great idea with the batteries too!

Some feedback that may help if you update this more:

  • The wheel seemed a little too big for my tape. I had to file it down. I'm unsure of what "standard" would be here though.

  • The wheel can slip out too easily. The slots for the reel could be slanted backwards to keep this from being a problem.
  • I couldn't fit AA batteries. If you make the holes slightly larger, this would probably work. I used AAA for most of the holes and just filled in the gaps with scrap plastic.

Thanks for the notes on the model, unfortunately I still don't have a printer with a large enough bed to print this so notes from people that can help a lot. I'll use these for a v2 as soon as I have some free time, thanks again!

That tape wheel looks rather difficult to print in it's current design/orientation. Maybe a design where is it printed with a shaft hole in the middle, and layed on it's side, and the shaft is inserted separately. could use a bolt or threaded rod or wooden dowel, etc for the shaft. Or just print the shaft also, would need to print that on end though.

You're right about that, I think that''s probably the biggest "work in progress" part for me.

I think the tape wheel could probably be printed with supports turned on if it was turned on it's edge. But I'm not sure that's the best solution. I like the way jag handled the problem (with a nut and bolt) but I also like the idea of this being a solid "finished" piece that looks more like a man
ufactured product.