Introduction: Lego Tape Dispenser

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.

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.


Step 2: Details Details..

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.

Step 3: Some Comments

The tape dispenser is still in my possession and it works just as well as it did the first day I made it. A small annoyance is that the base isn't weighted like a regular tape dispenser so it has to be held down but I can live with it. I hope you all enjoyed reading this!

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guffe jensen made it! (author)2013-05-13

Nice:)

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iApple guy made it! (author)2012-02-18

Super COOL!

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mischka made it! (author)2011-12-19

cool, something useful! I wish I had some LEGO bricks. I miss my dispenser while wrapping my chrismas gifts...

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the_mooney made it! (author)2009-01-20

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

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killerx made it! (author)killerx2011-09-17

Stop the video at the point when the parts ar put together.

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jamwaffles made it! (author)2011-07-10

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

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beanman911 made it! (author)2011-06-29

cool i wundr how long it took 2 make that vidyo

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ninjaaa made it! (author)2011-06-17

Nice!

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marley57 made it! (author)2011-06-13

hey man that's purdy cool

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atomiclegocreations made it! (author)2011-04-22

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.

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An Villain made it! (author)2009-07-14

make lego tape. (chain links.)

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mysticperson23 made it! (author)2009-06-11

They have lego weights. You could put those on the bottom so it's weighted.

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redmaker made it! (author)2009-05-23

SWEEEEEEET!!!!!!!!!!!

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shabagana made it! (author)2009-04-16

very creative : )

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erosser made it! (author)2009-03-25

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!

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merijnvw made it! (author)2009-03-09

i think my tape is too strong:( It doesn't get chopped off. Not even when i use a rack.

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crimson sausage made it! (author)2009-02-14

I made one, it worked okay, but I was limmited on the variety of legos at my disposal. It gets the job done.

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quesoman made it! (author)2009-02-14

nice instructable. i substituted and left out quite a few steps but i used you general design and it worked great

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amakerguy made it! (author)2009-01-27

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)

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Radioactv Biohazard made it! (author)2009-01-04

Hey that's pretty awesome. I'm gunna make one!

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pls made it! (author)2008-11-24

very cool.

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Badrang The Bad!!! made it! (author)2008-08-24

Cool! i like the lego cutting part.

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chuCraft made it! (author)2007-12-01

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.

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Oompa-Loompa made it! (author)Oompa-Loompa2008-07-17

LDD doesn't include some of these pieces.

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cooblades made it! (author)cooblades2008-07-17

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.

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Oompa-Loompa made it! (author)Oompa-Loompa2008-07-18

I know, but therealbenni was talking about LDD.

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I_am_Canadian made it! (author)2008-04-13

Creative :-)

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inquisitive made it! (author)2008-03-08

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?

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jeffconnelly made it! (author)2008-03-02

I'm going to make one out of NXT :)

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maxxxem made it! (author)2008-01-29

I made one it works great =) +1

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zeero360 made it! (author)2007-09-15

cooooooooooooooooooooooooooool i want 1 but dnt have all the parts can some tell me where i can buy all of the parts

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splatman made it! (author)splatman2007-09-15

You can buy almost any imaginable LEGO piece on Bricklink.com. Even pieces (and piece/color combos) that never came in LEGO sets.

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adamthiede made it! (author)2007-07-23

im diggin the muzak. whered you get it?

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adamthiede made it! (author)2007-07-22

this is the best thing since sliced bread AND normal tape dispensers!

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adamthiede made it! (author)adamthiede2007-07-22

i rated it plus one.

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cooblades made it! (author)cooblades2007-07-22

Hehe Thanks!

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royalestel made it! (author)2007-07-20

Man, I totally dig this crazy stizzle! I just love cool stuff made from legos.

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badrang4 made it! (author)2007-07-20

ok

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badrang4 made it! (author)2007-07-20

whats the point of that? its usles

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cooblades made it! (author)cooblades2007-07-20

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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tiuk made it! (author)2007-07-20

Very nice. Why not add a weight?

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cooblades made it! (author)cooblades2007-07-20

I wanted to keep it 100% Lego, perhaps I will add some Lego weights in the future but they are pricey and I don't happen to have any yet.

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Dantex made it! (author)2007-07-20

it is realy cool

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microman171 made it! (author)2007-07-20

I dont like it... I love it!! It just looks sooooo cool!!

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Weissensteinburg made it! (author)2007-07-20

I like it.

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