Toilet Paper Sheep

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Introduction: Toilet Paper Sheep

About: My name is Randy and I am a Community Manager in these here parts. In a previous life I had founded and run the Instructables Design Studio (RIP) @ Autodesk's Pier 9 Technology Center. I'm also the author of…

This a 3D printed sheep toilet paper holder. It adds a little bit of fun to an otherwise boring bathroom. It is modeled after two different sheep toilet paper holders I saw on Thingiverse (who knew that was a thing?). The first one had a fun cartoonish aesthetic, but was too large and elaborate. The other one had a minimal design that didn't appeal to me, but was more of the scale that I was looking for. I split the difference and designed one that was cartoonish and scaled to a single toilet paper roll.

Most of the parts are press fit and your tolerances may vary depending on which 3D printer you use. That said, I designed the part with a 0.005" tolerance. The one part that isn't entirely press fit is the toilet paper tube post that connects behind the face. While it was designed to press fit to the back side of the face, I also recognize that it may be loosened during normal use and may need reinforcement. On account of this, I designed the post with two holes for 6-32 set screws. Should that be too much of a hassle, you could always just glue it in place as well.

Supplies

The parts you will need:

Optional:

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Step 1: 3D Print the Parts

The following files that should be printed with Black PLA:

The following files should be printed with white PLA:

You could also copy the original model on Tinkercad and mod it to make your own.

Step 2: Press Fit the Eyes

Push the whites of the eyes into the sheep's eye sockets. If they are a little loose, apply a dab of glue to the back of the white pieces.

Step 3: Press Fit the Legs

Insert the sheep's legs into the leg sockets. Again, if they are a little loose, you can add a drop of glue to these as well.

Step 4: Attach the Post

Now is time to attach the post to the back side of the face.

To do this, I threaded the two holes in the post with a 6-32 tap and then partially threaded a 6-32 x 1/4" set screw in each hole.

Once the screws were in place, I lined up the screws with the two countersunk holes in the mount on the back of the face. I then threaded the set screws into the countersunk holes to hold the post firmly in place.

If the set screws are too much of a hassle for you, instead, you could simply add some glue to the joint and wait for it to set.

If that too is more work than you want to do, you could probably just get away with press-fitting the post to the face (at least for a little while) if you don't handle it too much.

Step 5: Finish Your Sheep

Insert the face into one end of the roll of toilet paper, place it on the base, and you're done!

If you are feeling really inspired, you could make a whole flock.

Step 6: BAHHHHHHHHHH.........

Take them out to graze. However, keep them inside when it rains. Unlike normal sheep, these are fair weather friends.

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57 Comments

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WilliamY50
WilliamY50

5 months ago on Step 5

This is great. I’ve made 5 of these as gifts. One small issue is the the tube will not fit all rolls, so I’ve made adapters.

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nomdeplume
nomdeplume

5 months ago

Seeing this reminded me that I made something similar in wood many years ago but modeled as Pugs rather than sheep... sadly, now lost through the vastness of time.... guess it’s time to get my Prusa out and get making... thanks for the inspiration

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benjamin.michiels
benjamin.michiels

Question 7 months ago

Nice job :-)
I don't have a printer, so I may ask a profesionnal.
What is the unit used in the model? (mm/cm/in)

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Charles Projects
Charles Projects

Question 1 year ago

What toilet paper brand are you using? It seem that yours fit easily while I cannot get the sheep's head in the carton of toilet paper. Mine is too small.

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randofo
randofo

Answer 1 year ago

I am not sure. Generic Costco brand...? The inside of most toilet paper rolls should be the same size, but you may need to adjust this as necessary.

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Charles Projects
Charles Projects

Question 1 year ago

What camera are you using? Great work!

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randofo
randofo

Answer 1 year ago

I shoot all of my pictures with a Canon 6D.

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Charles Projects
Charles Projects

Reply 1 year ago

which one is better, Canon or Nikon camera?

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Gomakekit
Gomakekit

Reply 1 year ago

Nowadays you can come far with any DSLR or mirrorless camera. You need good light, for example natural daylight, and a clean backround for these shots. I prefer Sony Nex for smaller stuff. You can get one used for just $120 or so.

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randofo
randofo

Reply 1 year ago

I am personally invested in Canon cameras and lenses, so don't have much experience with Nikon. That said, people seem to like the new Nikon mirrorless cameras. To confuse the matter, the new Sony mirrorless cameras are also very good. To echo what Gomakekit said, most DSLR (or similar mirrorless cameras) will take nice pictures once you get a hang of them. The trick is getting good light and a clean background.

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ChrisR296
ChrisR296

1 year ago

Not gonna lie; I was about to leave some hate mail when it looked like the legs were penetrating through the currently scarce resource from the summary email but now that I've seen the whole thing this could be quite a fun project for those with a 3D printer and kids.

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ajoshfan
ajoshfan

1 year ago

Guess I now have something else fun to make, thanks to your excellent post. If I let a couple of sheep play in the grass like that, who knows what could happen? (I could end the T.P. shortage!) Thanks for your great photos, too!

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Charles Projects
Charles Projects

Question 1 year ago

What is the best temperature for the heated bed? Is it depend on filament or printer or all the printers same?

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randofo
randofo

Answer 1 year ago

I have mine set to 60 degrees (C) for PLA. I don't know if this is the best setting, but it is what I use and it seems to work well.

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Charles Projects
Charles Projects

1 year ago

I see that the sheep's leg diameter is more than 6 mm (0.245 in). If It is less than 5 mm (0.19685 in), i experienced that it failed to print. Can you give me the advice to print small part less than 5mm (0.19685 in)?