Tessa’s Weekly Picks – 3D Printed Tape Dispensers


Tessa Blokland  

Tape Dispenser, design by designers Joe Doucet (OTHR CEO) and Sabrina Yu (Select World Managing Director)

Let’s focus on a simple design in this week’s blog post. Well, simple?! It is often not that easy to design, make or manufacture, even a 3D printed simple looking design. And it also does not mean it is a good design. My colleague Aya wrote about the application of Dieter Rams’ Ten Principles in 3D printing in this blog post. Nevertheless, let’s give it a try with the example of a tape dispenser. Not the bulky one which might stand on your office table; I was thinking of a more elegant table top accessory kind of tape dispenser, 3D printed of course.

The first 3D printed tape dispenser is designed by ZideYT, who designed it out of irritation. The small portable (you can attach it to your keychain) tape dispenser is composed of two 3D printed parts which are screwed to each other.

This year during the Milan Design Week, I visited the exhibition of Swiss-based design school ECAL. The academy presented their ECAL Digital Market, a contemporary production site and retail shop inspired by a new vision of digital manufacturing. One of the Master Product Design students, Oscar Estrada, designed a very nice tape dispenser. I can tell you: it works! You might think the 3d printed teeth are not sharp enough, but sharp enough for regular tape.

I like Derk Reilink‘s Clicktape tape dispenser for the play with shapes, linking two round components into one design. In the picture, you can clearly see the 3D printed prototypes (left), even though Derk sells them mass produced in plastic via this website, it works in 3D printing too.

Michael Cook is a real handyman. He 3D printed this honest tape dispenser in a striking green in one print run.

The last tape dispenser is from OTHR founder Joe Doucet and Select Worlds’ Managing Director Sabrina Yu. Everything that is not necessary has been cut out of the design, only leaving an outline of a tape dispenser. It still functions to hold the tape and at the same time, it is a very nice tabletop accessory.

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Let me know if I have missed a tape dispenser worthwhile mentioning. Feel free to share it on Facebook or forward it to me.

Each of Tessa’s weekly picks is a curated group of 3D printed designs, based on the week’s chosen theme. If you would like to offer a theme for Tessa, or if you have your own 3D printed weekly picks you would like to see featured, please let us know by commenting below. Subscribe to the newsletter to get the latest weekly picks every week in your mailbox.

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