3D Printed Beer Tap Handles

SJ_1989

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Well since my drag build has slowed down a bit while I'm gathering parts and such I'd thought I'd show a side hobby I've been tinkering with. I tend to forget to take pictures so I'll try to get some installed photos at some point and post them. I purchased a Prusa i3 MK3s last year and a friend asked if I could make some beer tap handles for him. It's been quite the experience learning the capabilities of the 3d printer and strengthening my modeling skills. I started using a laptop that I've had for many years and quickly found out I needed to upgrade to a desktop with a good processor and graphics card. I'll have to create another thread at some point about that as well because that was an adventure lol.

Here's the first one I ever did. Printed it all one piece with 15% infill and 3 different colors.

3D render

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Set up in PrusaSlicer to create the gcode.

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Here is a pic part way through the print showing the infill and solid region where the threads will be. I run a tap through it instead of printing the threads. It's just easier that way IMO.

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The finished product. Due to a single extruder, and the way I designed it to be all one piece, there are some layers of red and white on the handle. That wasn't my initial intent but turned out pretty good. Since then I've started designing multi piece handles to avoid this. I'll post those designs later.

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And here it is installed next to another one I did.

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I'll most some more over the next few days. They keep getting more complicated as I get better with printing and modeling lol.
 

NoGuru

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Looks great! Does Prusa slicer us adaptive layers? I use Simplify 3D and Cura mostly. Adaptive layers can really smooth our the layer lines on rounded parts.
I might have to test to see if I can find that setting in Prusa slicer.
 

SJ_1989

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PrusaSlicer has a variable layer height setting you can play with. I've used it more on later handles as I became experienced with the slicer. I try to balance layer height though with print time because the handles generally take anywhere from 8 to 12 hours to print depending on the detail.
 

NoGuru

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Cool, I will check it out if I ever find time. I did a helmet on my Tevo Tornado that took over 72 hours to print with one pause in the middle to change out spools.
That one made me a little nervous.
Keep up the cool taps. Can't wait to see more of what you print.