3Dprint.com did a story on this "thing" here: http://3dprint.com/87878/3d-printed-plinko/
So candy is always awesome, but what makes candy better? Plinko of course! Here is a video of it in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ux6LNk0vZ9I
This is a fully 3D printed Plinko style candy dispenser that is a remix of one of my earlier designs (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:663378). Ever since I created the original version, I was wanting to create a Plinko style machine, and this is what I came up with. While I was in the middle of the design process, I stumbled upon this video on Youtube by Steve Ramsey (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDAbVpCc4dk). He posts many of his woodworking projects for free, so be sure to check some of his stuff out!
I designed this to use spherical candy that is roughly 0.5" in diameter. So Gobstoppers and small gumballs work perfectly (although I'm sure other candy will work as well).
Print the following files:
- (2) PlinkoControlKnob.stl
- (1) PlinkoShaft.stl
- (1) CandyPlinko.stl
For the top:
If you would like a "fancy" top like the one shown in the pictures print the PlinkoTop_WithGroove.stl and PlinkoDecoration_V2.stl. The Plinko decoration while will snap into the groove. You may want to add some super glue for good measure. If you would like to keep it simple, then just print the PlinkoTop.stl
- After you have created your parts you will need to cut out a piece of plexi-glass or glass. I used a .100" (or 2.5mm) thick piece of plexi-glass cut at 5.25" x 6.75". Your cut glass should slide in nicely!
- Glue one of your control knobs to the shaft and insert it onto the hole of the Plinko base. After that, glue on the other control knob. Make sure to NOT glue all three parts together at once because it will not fit in the hole!
- Fill your Plinko machine with your desired candy (I used gobstoppers)
- Add your top and enjoy!