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Home3D PrintingOctober 2015 Hacker of the Month

October 2015 Hacker of the Month

Final December, Joe Dietz and his spouse Amy wanted a strategy to dispense their homebrewed beer on the go. With a fantastic concept and the facility of 3D printing, they discovered their answer: Connect-a-Faucet!

We give the Connect-a-Faucet a giant thumbs up!

Connect-a-Faucet is a transportable draft tower that connects to your homebrew keg for straightforward, clear, and good trying shelling out.  

“Being fortunate sufficient to have a 3D printer at work, we printed our prototype and did numerous consuming… I imply testing!” Dietz mentioned playfully.

Product breakdown

Proudly owning a LulzBot TAZ, the equipment model of the TAZ 4, Dietz was in a position to make the proper prototype out of PLA. When exhibiting it off to fellow homebrewers, the couple obtained quite a few solutions to throw the venture on Kickstarter. The couple the heeded recommendation from their pals and had been efficiently funded!

“We actually couldn’t have made this venture profitable with out 3D printing. The volumes we produce are usually not practically excessive sufficient to make injection molding similar to the price of printing… even when factoring in labor,” mentioned Dietz.

At one level there have been about three months straight the place the couple was printing 20 hours a day, seven days every week! He additionally talked about that they may not have fabricated the Connect-a-Faucet clamp utilizing a typical mould as a result of the piece has a protracted curved cavity. It might have wanted a whole redesign – possibly to the purpose the place it will not have been as sensible to make use of – if it weren’t for 3D printing. 

Not solely did the brew-loving couple give you a strategy to print and make one thing out of their Connect-a-Faucet, however additionally they began printing faucet handles! The couple says the faucet handles are quite a lot of enjoyable because of the quantity of colours they’ll produce them in; one thing they might not have the ability to do as simply with molding.

Customized faucet deal with printed in blue and orange

So, as soon as the elements have been printed, what’s subsequent? Dietz says there’s a bit of labor that must be finished to the Connect-a-Faucet clamp and the faucet handles as soon as printed. For the clamp, they add foam to assist it grip the keg. In addition they add a Velcro strap and, in fact, the cool Connect-a-Faucet sticker. 

The faucet handles have laser lower inserts which are coated with chalkboard paint. The insert, faucet deal with physique, and faucet deal with trim items are all glued along with utilized strain. A metallic insert is then added to the underside of the deal with to safe it to a regular beer faucet.


Voila! Now you can dispense your beer in 3D printed type!

The place can you discover the Dietz’s superior 3D printed merchandise? Take a look at their firm, Pour Yours, the place they’re promoting the Connect-a-Faucet and faucets on Etsy till their on-line retailer is prepared. To be taught extra, it’s also possible to comply with them on Fb and Twitter.

Do you assume you’ve gotten what it takes to be our subsequent Hacker of the Month? Merely comply with us on Fb/Twitter or electronic mail Inform us about your venture or 3D printed creation, and you may be featured in our subsequent e-newsletter. The Hacker of the Month will even win a free spool of PRO Sequence PLA or ABS filament to additional their pursuit of 3D printing greatness.



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