Shower Head MK1

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Shower Head MK1 by Mr_MegaTronic Jan 9, 2013

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Are you looking for a fairer faucet? Let me be your angel, Charlie!

This is the first revision of a shower head intended to screw on to a standard 1/2" threaded shower pipe.

Pressurized water is a tricky thing to deal with; especially with 3D prints. The nozzles on this are designed to keep turbulence low and under adequate pressure, the taper on the business end of the hole should keep the water stream solid. They are pretty small holes so they will likely close up a bit when printing but when you use a pushpin or paperclip to check them, they should be just the right size in the end.

UPDATE! I just installed my prototype and D'OH! I had the thread going the wrong direction! Still, I muscled it on and it sealed alright. The holes were closed shut after the print and once the plastic cooled, they were hard to open with a pin. Still, It works pretty darn well! There was some water that seeped through the layers and I'm certain water will become trapped inside the head but if you print at .2 or even .1 mm layer height, print it pretty much solid and maybe dunk it in acetone for a second or two, it should be nice and watertight!

I updated the file with the correct thread and fewer/larger holes.

Spray away!

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1) Print shower head nozzles-down. My prototype was printed with a layer height of .27 mm, 20% infill and 3 shells in white ABS plastic.

2) Use a pushpin or small paperclip to excavate and true the holes of each nozzle.

3) Press a 1/2" faucet gasket to the mating surface of the interior of the threaded neck.

4) Layer Teflon piping tape on the threads of the shower pipe.

5) Firmly thread and twist the shower head on the pipe until you feel it press into the gasket.

6) Cinch it down with about a quarter-turn of pressure. Remember this is plastic, don't over-tighten as you can strip the threads or split the layers.

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Printed this, sliced with Simplify3D, exported gcode to memory card, printed.

it LOOKS flawless, feels flawless. the holes are perfect, etc
i took the rubber ring off my old leaky head, placed it in this one, IT FIT.
screwed it in, turned on the shower.

the water flowed out the holes perfectly BUT it also seemed to be spraying out of the sides
where INVISIBLE holes existed!!! (not from the screw area at all, just from the sides where it looks solid)


printed with [email protected]*C
60% inflill (maybe this isnt enough?)
print quality fast (0.40mm layer depth?) - i used fast, for the thicker layers, hoped this would make it stronger.

any advice?


Fixed it with a lighter, just held a flame around the sides a bit.
seems there were micro-holes, maybe i should have printed a little hotter.
also just widened all the holes a bit with a screw (screwed it in, and back out)

This shower head is better then all the $30 ones you can buy - print this if you need a shower head
ive tried 2 others on here, this one is the better of the 3. (of course, this is a personal thing)

Congrats! I thought you model was one of the best choices for a 3D Printed Christmas gift! I made a link from here: http://3dprintingninja.blogspot.com/2014/12/top-20-free-3d-printed-christmas-gifts.html

How well does this work if you have low water pressure?

Thank you for sharing such a useful thing. Do you have any plans to create angle-adjustable shower head? Thanks!!

Love what you did! You inspired me to make one of my own in OpenSCAD for the MakerBot Customizer App. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:47541http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

Shower Head (Customizeable)

You, sir, are very talented!

If you heat the tip of your pin or needle it will be easy to open the holes.

BTW if you still have the one with more holes could you put it back up?

this is awesome! just a minor point... more of an FYI shower heads thread onto a 1/2" pipe... 1/2" pipe threads are over 3/4" on their outside diameter... but they still call it 1/2" pipe. Pipe threads are also tapered starting at a diameter of 0.75843 at the end and going all the way to the outside diameter of the pipe which is 0.840


I do have a taper on the threads, but thanks so much for the info! I'm not savvy to plumbing more than fixture installation so I appreciate the correction! I'll update the description so those that know what they are doing won't be confused! Thanks again!

Do you know anyone that specializes in 3D printed plumbing projects? I have a shower project in mind that involves incorporating off the shelf plumbing valves and tubing with 3D printed parts. What you've done here is very impressive, and seems like a good starting point.

now do a adjustable shower head with three or more rainfunctions

Why not make it gold plated while you're at it?

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Considering this is the first "rain" style showerhead on thingiverse, it's full of plain awesome.

.. you dont understand funny sarcasm dont you

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