Tampstand for Rocket Espresso Portafilter (E61 brewhead)

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Tampstand for Rocket Espresso Portafilter (E61 brewhead) by rtrski Nov 24, 2012
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NOTE: Pictures of made item (Red ABS) are old version, please download v6 file for better single/dual spout compatibility!!)

Espresso makes me happy. Tamping a single spout portafilter without a tamp stand makes me sad. Paying a ludicrous $80 or more for a stainless steel and marble-inlaid, buffed-with-virginal-baby-diaper-soft-cotton tampstand with some bozo logo on it makes me angry. Me without espresso with a rich thick crema from the perfect grind and tamp, angry, makes the world a scary place. I need to not be angry.

Hence, the swooshy blended just-strong-enough it flexes a little to let me know when I'm tamping just right, ABS tampstand. In red, because Rockets have red glare. :)

5/11/2014: Updated with a v6 file with less faceting. My original finally got overstressed and cracked, so rather than just reprint I did some redesign. The new version fits both the single and dual spout portafilters and provides a bit more strength. Since I needed an 'undercut' for the dual spout, the new file has integral support parts that are part of the print. I prefer to design these in rather than let my slicer provide them since I can better control contact points and removability without excessively marring the desired finished part.


Should fit the portafilter for most Rocket Espresso machines (e.g. the Giotto, Cellini, R58, I think all use the same portafilter handle and basket sizes). Update: The v5 file doesn't support the dual spout, although you can turn the stand around and just use it to hold up the handle end. The new v6 file upload fits both single and dual spout portafilters. It might also fit other brands that are based on the E61 brewhead, but I make no promises.

If anyone wants the original design files to play around a bit more, please let me know; this was drawn in Creo Elements before the export to STL. For example if you wanted a bit more radius blending where the horizontal tie bar connects to the arc section supporting the basket, to increase the strength a bit. Then again, you can also vary the strength quite a bit with infill parameters.

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I honestly don't know. I should post more pictures. From the original picture of the first design, with the single portafilter in the old holder, you can see the spout is fairly 'central' under the middle of the espresso basket. On my Rocket the double-spout holder has the spout assembled at the far end from the handle, so if you look at the picture of the new file, that's why I have the undercut at the non-handle end of the holder.

Some of the pictures posted from the other makers indicate their spouts are more at the handle side of the puck than the far side of the handle. They also have different shapes to the handle where it tapers into the basket holder. All those details might prevent this from holding your portafilter assembly as cleanly as it holds mine.

Does anyone know if this will fit a Rancilio portafilter?

Just what I needed to make nicer leveled tamps for my Neuvo Simonelli Mac 2000v 2 group portafilters! Drawing the perfect espresso shot makes me happy too. :) This works great and printed perfectly. Thanks for sharing your great design with the world!

Yes i think i have to scale to 1.02.
i am printing on a k8200 with E3D V6 extruder

Did you print the newer or older file? The older does interfere with the dual down at the spouts. Mine fits pretty snug, I've got my Solidoodle dialed in to not overextrude so my prints might be a little less profiled than yours...still, a 1.01 to 1.02 scaling or so probably wouldn't hurt.

I have printed this holder for my rocket cellini portafilters, but they don't fit.
I think the holder must be scaled to fit theportafilters.