Turn your ordinary fabric measuring tape into a full on tape measure, with this fabric tame measure spooling case! No glue or fasteners needed, it all snaps together!
I built this design around a ~120inch/305mm tape with a width of ~20mm. The .scad file is included and has handy variables at the top of the code, in case you need to adjust any sizes.
- Print the case and roller. The case needs no supports and should have an infill of at least 40% for durability. The roller does need supports, since it has overhangs, but can be printed with a lower infill. I printed mine at 5% and it works great!
- Fold the tab at the end of the tape and insert it into the T-shaped notch in the roller. Be sure to use the high number end of the tape so that the zero end comes out of the dispenser. Also, be sure you have the numbers upside down, as in the picture, since this piece will be inverted in the coming steps.
- place the spool into the case, and thread the tape through the mouth near the corner of the case.
- Snap the case together!
- Crank the roller to gather the tape onto the spool!
5% for roller, 40% for case
The roller needs supports, but the case does not.
The roller can be printed with lower infill (I did 5% and it works great!) but I'd stick to the default 40% infill for the case, just for durability.
Remove support material from the roller, and sand/file the case as needed so the roller moves smoothly within.