Tape Dispenser - one piece

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Tape Dispenser - one piece by maurerpe Nov 18, 2012

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Our kids keep losing the tape dispensers, so I decided to make one. This one fits a standard roll of scotch tape, has printed spring clips that hold the tape securely and printed teeth that cut the tape.

Print it now and be prepared to wrap presents!

P.S. We actually found 2 tape dispensers in the time it took me to perfect the design, but it works great.


1) Print

2) Insert Tape

3) Use

The teeth are optimized for 0.2 mm layer height, but other layer heights should work fine. You need to make sure to print hot enough to fuse the layers well, or the spring clips will break off. I had to clean up the spring clips and sand the ledge right before the teeth (so the tape sticks better and doesn't slip when you go to cut it).

I printed with ABS. PLA should work. PLA is more stiff and brittle than ABS, which makes the teeth easier to print and the spring clips harder. PLA spring clips are more likely to break off.

I copied the teeth shape from Jag's tape dispenser. I tried my own shapes first, but none of them cut tape. Finally, I imported Jag's teeth into FreeCAD and modeled native FreeCAD teeth that were the same shape. They worked great. Thanks, Jag! Since, I could not have made the design without Jag's teeth, I have marked this work as a derivative.

One of the tricks to getting a working tape dispener was to make sure the ledge that holds the tape right before the teeth is elevated enough that the tape always hits the ledge before the teeth. Otherwise, you have to hold the tape - and not just the tape dispenser - with one hand while you cut with the other hand.

This was one of the first things that I made in FreeCAD. I have used openscad for my previous designs and I like how openscad allows parameterizing, libraries, and reuse. However, I was impressed with how easy it was to model complex shapes in FreeCAD (non-parametric, of course. FreeCAD supports python scripting, so maybe that could be used to make it parametric). FreeCAD lets you make constrained 2D sketches and then extrude and revolve them and supports boolean operations for CSG modeling as well. FreeCAD also has native support for fillets and chamfers. I am not sure what tool I will use in the future, but it will probably be a mixture of FreeCAD and openscad depending on the project.

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Jumbo or 3/4" by 1500 inch rolls do not fit in this dispenser. Scotch catalog number 810.

Printed with PLA 50% infill, left hand tab snapped right away trying to insert the roll of tape. Retried with PET-G, 100% infill, gave the tab a little push to see if it was any more solid and it too snapped at the slightest pressure. Going to give up and go to a different design. May work for some but not for me.

Snapped immediately after trying to place a roll.. (UP! mini)
Went for the https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:14531 which works perfectly.
Be warned ;)

Tape Dispenser
by jag

+1 :( too fragile alas.

Printing with Simple Metal using 100% and 200 degrees PLA and the tabs snapped right away, could you make them a little wider? Thanks

First one i printed with 20% infill the tabs snapped. I printed again with 100% infill with 5 degree temp increase and good to go. PLA 215 degress ultimaker 2.

Great thing to make but with me also one of the roll supports snapped almost immediatly just by touching it. Are you consider making the support all the way round? I think it would be alot more sturdy.

What an awesome idea! :)

This was the first "big print" I did on my printrbot. Came out great but the roll support snapped almost immediately. Don't know if I should have waited for it to cool a little more maybe. Or a printer setting. Was printing in ABS. A little CA glue fixed it, of course. Really cool.

This thing is awesome! works so well. should have printed at 100% fill though.

 Glad you liked it.  Cool picture.  Happy wrapping and Merry Christmas!

The teeth look pretty good at 0.33mm also. I printed in PLA and added some CA glue to coat the clips in hopes that it will help strengthen them. We'll see how it goes once it's dry! :) Cool design, and great timing. Thanks!

Glad you liked it.  Your print looks good.  Let me know how the clips perform in PLA.  Happy taping!

Turns out it was a bit too small for my 1500 inch Scotch tape "jumbo" rolls. :/ But, it worked fine for my 1000 inch store brand stuff. I warmed the clips a bit before I put the roll on to help prevent it from snapping, and it popped right on. Thanks again -- this will be a great sample to bring to demos!