CNC Coffee Clip + Scoop

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Introduction: CNC Coffee Clip + Scoop

About: Designer, Maker, CNC Enthusiast, Audio Lover

This was an afternoon project I made out of need for my own coffee bag clip, since then I have started to also sell these occasionally on Etsy!

Made from solid off-cuts of Maple, these clips have a 3mm slot which effectively holds a coffee bag shut when the top is folded over a few times.

The scoop has been designed to hold around 5g of ground coffee making it ideal for dosing as well!

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Step 1: Inspiration

This is not a new concept but they either tend to be metal with a spring clip or wood with a higher price!

I decided to design my own purely because I was in between projects at the time and wanted to use up some of my off-cuts of maple from past projects! It should be a fun little project and can probably even be done without a CNC. The scoop could be drilled with a forstner bit and the shape cut with a bandsaw or scroll saw!

Step 2: Design

When I first started to design this, the piece of wood I was using to visualize the clip was 15mm thick and so this dictated the rest of the dimensions.

With wooden items, I like to have a minimum floor thickness of 3mm for pocketed areas. So the max depth for the scoop portion of the clip would be 12mm. Therefore, with a scoop area of around 1200mm^2, the volume of the scoop would be approximately 14000 cubic mm (14cm^3).

According to vCalc, ground coffee has a density of 0.365g/cm^3, which means that a level scoop of coffee would be about 5grams. This is typically how much coffee I use (per cup) when brewing with a cafetiere so this is ideal!

As this part was going to be made with my CNC, I designed the slot to clip onto the coffee bag to be just over 3mm as this is the smallest bit I have that can cut to a depth of 15mm.

Step 3: Making

Jumping into the CAM; I first defined the stock around the part and began to apply toolpaths to machine the shame from the stock.

I used a 3mm endmill on my shapeoko 3 CNC router to cut the whole part out and be small enough to make the slot fairly thin.

An adaptive strategy was used for the scoop and then the wall finished with a contour tool path. Finally, a contour tool path with 1mm stepdowns was used to cut the perimeter of the part.

Edit: I have added an STL if you would like to print this out on your own printer! I would recommend using PETG for durability :)

Step 4: Finished!

And that's all there was too this little project, just some final sanding and a food safe finish (I use Osmo oil) and it went straight into use on my current open bag of coffee!

A simple project but something that will get a lot of use for many years to come!

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    12 Discussions

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    lorsvik
    lorsvik

    Question 3 days ago

    I'm a coffee junky and I just had to print this out. Thanks!
    I'm using it to clamp the bag but not to scoop my coffee because of the material. IF you have a suggestion for a FOOD safe material I should be using with my Formlabs, please let me know.thanks again.

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    Maalk
    Maalk

    20 days ago

    I'd totally use this! Can you share the design file so I can make one for myself? Could be 3d printed too if one seals it properly.

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    Nickolae
    Nickolae

    Reply 19 days ago

    Just added an STL if you would like to print your own!

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    Maalk
    Maalk

    Reply 11 days ago

    Thank you! I'll let you know how it turns out.

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    MrsWilson46
    MrsWilson46

    Reply 17 days ago

    I was thinking of the 3D print idea as well. This may just inspire me to learn 3D design!

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    KittySister
    KittySister

    16 days ago

    I like this very much! The only thing I can think of to make it better would be to put the ounces the scoop holds on the clip/scoop. That way you could adjust the amount of coffee you scoop to how strong you want your coffee to be. It would be fun to make a set of standard baking sizes to use with bulk items in bags you sometimes get from the store.

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    Alaskan Bev
    Alaskan Bev

    16 days ago

    And all this time I've been just dumping open bags of coffee into a washed-out empty peanut butter jar (heavy duty glass)! Your invention looks so classy! Thanks for sharing.

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    timpin
    timpin

    17 days ago

    That's very cool.
    However, I find a 227g (8oz) bag off coffee makes 12 cups so I'll need a slightly larger scoop. :)

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    lolamatic
    lolamatic

    17 days ago

    Slick and multi-purpose. My kind of kitchen gadget!

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    AnandM54
    AnandM54

    19 days ago

    Brilliant idea and making!!!!