Now with more improved grip control and bigger meaner tape tearing teeth. Tape ... this is personal!
Unless you own a fancy tape dispenser; you only have two options with tape. Either fold the end over and discard that piece when you need a new length. Or you can orbit the tape repeatedly, using eyes and fingernails to locate and pry up the tape end. I give you option three, the Tape Tap. Adhere the tape end to this tap and save yourself some trouble.
Use SketchUp to push/pull to your desired tape width. Ideally the Tape Tap v2.1 will be a little bit wider than the tape you are tapping. The serrations are full width; hence you will need to delete a few if you want the tap to be thinner than 50mm wide.
Print and clean. Almost no filing was needed after printing to bring the teeth up to their full glory. Over time a bit of filing may be required to keep them glorious.
Tap your tape. When you use the tape, tap it with the Tape Tap v2.1 at the desired length. Use the serration to tear the tape over the tap or use the Tape Tap v2.1 standalone for all your tape tearing tool tasks. For storage, lay the roll on it's side with the thumb grip facing up.
- Print extra taps and hide beneath floor boards in anticipation of legislation outlawing 3D printed serrations.
Post Print Note - This thing turned out really really well. The grip uses less plastic and allows for a lot of control in a small package. The teeth are fantastic and provide a great tear-line, as you can see in the photo with the tape. Best of all the teeth were strong enough to chew through my heaviest of tape. This will probably be the final iteration of this thing from my design desk and I couldn't be happier with the result.
Happy Printing ~ GearsOfWow