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3D Printed Egg Carry Holder Securely Holds Four Eggs for Your Outdoor Excursions

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I have never before required an egg carrier aside from the standard storebought carton. But guess what? A quick review of the internet shows you if you type ‘egg carrier’ into a search engine, you’ll find that plenty of companies have gone out of their way to design these for your convenience. I started to consider when you might need to gingerly carry something like four eggs, and camping came immediately to mind, as you might still need those scrambled eggs in the morning–even if you are out in the woods. And, yes, there are those times when you are perhaps transporting eggs to a friend’s house for baking (especially this time of the year). So, the need for Egg Carry Holders begins to make some sense…

egg3I then examined who actually took the time to design a 3D printed Egg Carry Holder and post it on Thingiverse. As it turns out, the designer, “Cyber Cyclist” or Katsuhiko Kikkawa of Yokohama City, Japan, designed the holder for a bicycle trip. Kikkawa is an avid cyclist and has already contributed 22 designs to Thingiverse. One recent design is the Mini Table for Solo Camping, so that goes further in confirming my theory about breakfasting in the woods. Why should you sacrifice cooking with fresh eggs just because you are camping or on an overnight cycling trip? And, you can still make a mess transporting already cooked soft-boiled eggs, so…now I understand.

Kikkawa’s design is simple enough, putting the focus on holding fragile eggs in place, while still being compact and easy to carry. The carrier holds four large or extra-large eggs. This is the second version of the design (see the first version here), offering up some more durable hinges as well as additional design tweaks.

Other features of the holder include three different diameter variations for rods, so that the design is compatible with different 3D printers. (Kikkawa prints with an Afinia H480.) The settings for the Egg Carry Holder V2 are as follows: it is printed with no supports; a 0.2mm layer was used for the outer box and hinge rods; and a 0.4mm layer was used for the inner cage frame.

egg2The inner frame is orange, and appears to hold eggs in place using a carefully crafted design that looks almost like swirly mini-baskets. The goal is to keep fresh eggs intact on outdoor excursions, so the design has to hold the eggs firmly in place, making sure they won’t bump around, even if you do!

Now we know that you do not have to forgo a hearty breakfast on your camping or cycling trips as long as you have a 3D printed Egg Carry Holder at your disposal. Cyber Cyclist has made other interesting designs, like a mini cross bow and a filament stacker, and you can check his creations out on Thingiverse. Happy cycling!  Discuss this design in the 3D Printed Egg Carry Holder forum on 3DPB.com.

 

 

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