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This is a tape dispenser made solely out of Lego Pieces excluding the tape itself. It even cuts using a piece of Lego. There is a video explaining the full assembly and how it works! Also a nifty little story on why I built it.
 
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Step 1: The Trick is to let the Lego Assemble itself

When I started my job as a TA in college I was given a shiny new stapler, thumb tacks the works! The one thing I didn't get was a tape dispenser. Later I realized no one got a tape dispenser. Surprisingly though there were rolls of tape by the dozens lying around. So I decided to just make one out of Lego Bricks. Yay! I have tape and dispenser Rejoice!! Then someone stole it. Arg!

Well then I started my internship and once again I found that there was yet another shiny new stapler and somehow thumbtacks but again no tape dispenser. I decided to crank out the old Lego pieces again and make another. Score! Tape! And a reminder to all around that the funny little intern who plays with Lego sits at this cube.

Ahhh the sweet intern months go by and I eventually left that internship for school and gifted the dispenser away. I decided to make my third one and record it this time and hopefully this will be the one that doesn't leave my hands.


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Hopefully the video explained enough. A minor detail to this is that the cutting edge is the edge of a Lego piece turned sideways. Its important that it is fixed and doesn't move otherwise it will be hard to cut. Below are some pictures of how it should look. To replace the tape the two halves pop open and the tape comes out. Since this is an instructable I leave it to you to customized and design any additions to make the case look nicer.
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Nice:)
iApple guy2 years ago
Super COOL!
mischka2 years ago
cool, something useful! I wish I had some LEGO bricks. I miss my dispenser while wrapping my chrismas gifts...
the_mooney5 years ago
i tried to make it but i didn't have the blue parts,you should have had step by step instructions instead of a video,the video went to fast
Stop the video at the point when the parts ar put together.
jamwaffles3 years ago
Nice work. I made a tape dispenser a long time ago that used the rack from a rack and pinion system to allow the tape to be torn more easily. Image here: http://www.prestoimages.net/store/rd1378/1378_pd1988422_1.jpg
beanman9113 years ago
cool i wundr how long it took 2 make that vidyo
ninjaaa3 years ago
Nice!
marley573 years ago
hey man that's purdy cool
when I made this I didn't have the small gears to hold the tape in place. i just used four of the pieces that go on the outside of the gears (I call them film reels) to hold it in place. It's loose.
An Villain5 years ago
make lego tape. (chain links.)
They have lego weights. You could put those on the bottom so it's weighted.
redmaker5 years ago
SWEEEEEEET!!!!!!!!!!!
shabagana5 years ago
very creative : )
erosser5 years ago
It's not sticking with the "all-legos" theme, but if/when really pressed for a cutting implement (I know I would be uber-irritated during a project if that most precious dispenser of Scotch resources wasn't optimally performing), one could affix a wee bit of blade from a cellophane shrink wrap box, maybe held between two lego pieces. Just a thought. Very well-constructed!
merijnvw5 years ago
i think my tape is too strong:( It doesn't get chopped off. Not even when i use a rack.
I made one, it worked okay, but I was limmited on the variety of legos at my disposal. It gets the job done.
quesoman5 years ago
nice instructable. i substituted and left out quite a few steps but i used you general design and it worked great
amakerguy5 years ago
Sweet now I do not have to travel across my house and keep bugging my parents to get me one. You know (I'm a Maker)
Hey that's pretty awesome. I'm gunna make one!
pls6 years ago
very cool.
Cool! i like the lego cutting part.
chuCraft6 years ago
This looks very cool, but it would be nice to have either a list of the pieces you used or a Lego Digital Designer file so it would be easier to replicate.
LDD doesn't include some of these pieces.
cooblades (author)  Oompa-Loompa6 years ago
You can get them from enthusiast sites like www.bricklink.com. They sell every part you could think of and then some. I'm willing to sell or trade mine if anyone is interested, but the parts are really common so I would recommend you just build your own from the video.
I know, but therealbenni was talking about LDD.
Creative :-)
inquisitive6 years ago
I just have to ask because I am curious...are you an Industrial Engineer? A good friend of mine is and she loves legos. Nice product, any plans to make a mouse?
I'm going to make one out of NXT :)
maxxxem6 years ago
I made one it works great =) +1
zeero3607 years ago
cooooooooooooooooooooooooooool i want 1 but dnt have all the parts can some tell me where i can buy all of the parts
You can buy almost any imaginable LEGO piece on Bricklink.com. Even pieces (and piece/color combos) that never came in LEGO sets.
adamthiede7 years ago
im diggin the muzak. whered you get it?
adamthiede7 years ago
this is the best thing since sliced bread AND normal tape dispensers!
i rated it plus one.
cooblades (author)  adamthiede7 years ago
Hehe Thanks!
royalestel7 years ago
Man, I totally dig this crazy stizzle! I just love cool stuff made from legos.
badrang47 years ago
ok
badrang47 years ago
whats the point of that? its usles
cooblades (author)  badrang47 years ago
Its pretty much as useful as a regular tape dispenser, except this one your coworkers can't steal from you without you noticing.
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