I've been looking for a robust painting handle that doesn't require additional parts to hold a mini. I couldn't find one I liked so I made one myself!
I had three design goals:
- 100% 3D printed parts
- Securely hold the mini without wobbling
- Allow access to the mini from a variety of angles.
I plan on updating the design as I use it, seeing what works and what doesn't. I'm very surprised at how flexible the collet actually is, so for the next revision I'll probably make it stubbier. I also plan to add support for larger bases when I get to painting them. Any feedback is greatly appreciated!
The 25mm collet will fit standard GW bases, and has some wiggle room to fit larger or smaller tapered bases. The 1 inch flat does not have the taper in the collet and should fit any flat sided bases that are about an inch.
- Added Collet Nut R2: Removed unnecessary bulk from the nut to allow better brush access to the mini.
IMPORTANT: Don't tighten down too hard on the nut or you might crack the base of your mini.
Print the collet with some bed support, either a brim or a raft. Print the nut upside down.
I based the design off of a picture of an ER collet.
Everything was done in FreeCAD; the original files are attached to allow you to make any modifications you see fit.