Personal and Portable 3D Printer.
This experiment of Project RE_ explores 3D printing as a DIY tool for upcycling. Customised lids are created using low cost 3D printing. They are then clipped or screwed onto standard jars, tin cans and bottles to create new and personal objects. In the first collection 14 objects were made : a watering can, an hour glass, a long pasta container, a bird house, a bird feeder, a mug, a rain catcher, a maple syrup bottle, a piggy bank, a orange juicer, a snow globe, a paint brush cleaner, a dumbbell and a lamp.
After finishing the content of a mason jar (pickles, mustard, jam...), I always clean it and keep it for later use. I quickly realised that I had almost no opportunities to actually reuse them unless I decided to turn my kitchen into a canning manufacture. These containers were going to be thrown away anyways and water would have been wasted for nothing. I remembered a design from Jorre Van Ast that could solve this problem by turning my jars into spice containers, but it seemed silly to buy objects just to reuse other ones. As a DIY'er, I had to find a better solution and 3D printing came to the rescue.
All is needed to reproduce these objects is a jar or tin can and a ABS FDM 3D printer (500$- 3000$)
After downloading any of these designs, people can calibrate the dimensions, choose the color, customize the shape and so on. What I provide is the main idea and a working assembly unto standard everyday objects. I hope that the DIY community will carry on with the idea and come up with more ideas for upgrading our daily waste. Let's hack all this trash!
I really really want this Objet 3D printer, so please, please, PLEASE vote for me!
Step 1: The creation
Step 2: Pasta box
Make sure that they were opened with a normal can opener. The ones that leave the can's lips intact. Both sides have to be open on 2 of them and one ove them keeps its bottom.
Customize the name on the lid (linguini, spaghetti, capellini...) and print all parts, no raft, with the FDM 3D printer.
Clip all cans together and use the last can to close the container.
Step 3: Hour glass
Print the part using ABS or PLA
Fill one of the jars with white sand, as thin as possible.
Reverse and adjust the quantity to have a precise timing.
Kind of an archaic object, but somehow very captivating to watch.
... Looks like I lost this file. I'll make an other one later.
Step 4: Watering can
Fill the bottle with water, screw the part and water your plant... it's that simple.
Step 5: Mug
Just print the handle,top of the handle facing the heat table. There should be almost no support material.
It fits on 2.25'' jars, 4 treads standard. (spaghetti sauce classic container)
Step 6: The mighty tin can dumbbell
Step 7: Spill proof paint brush cleaner
Step 8: Orange juicer
Make sure you have the good jar. The opening should a standard 4 fillets lip, 66mm of diameter.
Most spaghetti sauce jars are this size. Just print and screw! This baby will rip your oranges in seconds.
I suggest you use food safe extrusion material.
Step 9: The bird HOUSE
Open a used 4 inch diameter tin can on both sides. Use a normal can opener, the ones that leave the lip intact.
Print both front and back part. Remove support.
Nail or screw the back part unto a tree or a wall about 1 to 3 meters above ground to attract eastern bluebirds.
More models for different type of birds will come.
I suggest to use ABS with a FDM machine to have a good clip!
Step 10: Garage organizer
Step 11: Snow globe
Print the base and ad a notification on it if you want (a month in San Francisco, for example).
If your jar was 2.25'' of diameter, everything should fit perfectly.
Step 12: Rain catcher!
Step 13: Piggy bank!
You need a big jar for this one. 2.75'' diameter. This time, standard 6 treads fitting. I will try to make more sizes available.
-Print the lid,
-Print the legs
-Screw the nose
-Glue the legs depending of the position of the nose. Use hot glue or super glue.
Step 14: Crosstitch vase
This one fits on most olive jars. 2.25'' standard 4 treads.