Introduction: 3D Printed Pocket Fishing Rod
This handy 3D printable fishing rod can fit in a pocket and is great for camping or hiking. It has a hollow handle with threaded cap for storing hooks and lures so that you can always be prepared.
Step 1: Print the Parts
There are 4 parts to the fishing rod; the handle, the spool, the crank, and the threaded end cap. All the parts are oriented correctly for printing. The recommended materials and settings are PLA at a .2mm layer height.
Rod.stl: Print with a brim and use something like gluestick on the print bed to prevent warping.
Cap.stl: No special settings required.
Crank.stl: Recommended to use a brim to prevent warping because of the small contact area with the bed.
Reel.stl: No special settings required
It should take about 5-6 hours to print the parts depending on your print speed.
Step 2: Assemble
The assembly is very simple. Insert the spool into it's location on the rod, and push the crankshaft through, careful to align the hole in the crankshaft with the hole in the spool so that the line can be tied through it. You can put the crankshaft on either side for left or right-handed operation, but once it is pushed through the spool it is locked in place. Lures, hooks, and sinkers can then be added into the hollow handle, and the plug threaded into the handle.