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Paper Towel Holder

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Paper Towel Holder by areeve20 Jan 23, 2013
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This is a paper towel holder that I made because I didn't have one. It features a "click in" side for easy roll replacement.

Instructions

Print one of each part.
Measure and mount.

UPDATE: 2/22/2013 - I have made some changes to TowelPart1 (New File: TowelPart1_V2) that I believe will help the little snap in parts flex better. I had a feeling that PLA might be to rigid/brittle for the original flexing bits and capitaenz let me know today that his did in fact break :(

Hope this fixes the problem. Let me know if you have any issues.

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I printed this with Hatchbox ABS @ 225, 0.2mm layers, and 50mm/s feed rate on a FFCP. The Part 1 v2 broke on first insertion. I'm going to try printing Part 1 (original version) with the 1/4"-ish wide sprung arms and see how that holds up. I suspect that simply adding a friction bump to receiver block (that Part 1 slides into) would be an even better, and universal solution (that would require less filament than a reprint of the larger Part 1.

What's the largest roll size these will handle?

Nice design - Printed it, but saw a problem. Both TowelPart1 and 3 are the same height/length. So when you click Towelpart1 into Towelpart2, there are a height difference of about +-6mm. For instance, I want to use it underneath a cupboard/table - it is hanging skew due to the extra thickness of Towelpart2 underneath Towelpart1. You can see it in this picture: http://www.thingiverse.com/make:91208 - the right side are hanging lower. So Towelpart3 needs to be made +-6mm longer/higher.

Paper Towel Holder

I solved this by printing/using twice part 2. It's not the nicest solution, but at least as such what I printed isn't wasted.

exactly!
i discovered this only after print :(
will try this remix http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1526585

Paper Towel Holder v2
by kr15_uk

I've printed the "little snap in part" several times now and it always breaks on me. I'm using your version 2 with PLA. Any suggestions? I really want to use this.

Unless your'e using some of the newer PLA blends with additives, you cant expect PLA to take in much mechanical stress reliably. And some PLA brands are more brittle than others. This is a good time to use ABS or even better, Nylon. Polycarbonate should also give you good results. I haven't used HIPS or HDPE but I believe they can also take in more bending so it should work.

do you need supports for the print?

Not if you align the parts on their side with the mounting surface and holder circles facing upwards.

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