If you live with others, you already know that it’s not enough to keep the holder filled with one roll of toilet paper. People go through the stuff quickly, and it always seems like you are scurrying around to find another roll somewhere to refill that holder, right? And if you are the type to stock up on toilet paper, then you have already confronted the problem of where to put the extra rolls. You don’t want to put them too far away from the bathroom, say in the kitchen pantry or the basement, but there’s not enough room in your bathroom cupboards for them either. What to do, what to do? Well, now that the holidays are finished upending our regularly scheduled lives, maybe you should consider 3D printing a toilet paper roll dispenser for one of your bathroom corners!
Reddit user UltimatumZ has done just this in a design and print job that he has shared with the world. While some, albeit very cool, 3D print designs are obscure and irrelevant to the majority of the population at large, a toilet paper roll dispenser that dispenses with the need for you to keep precariously stacking rolls somewhere in your bathroom is universally relevant. Who doesn’t use toilet paper?
The fact that UltimatumZ’s Imgur post has already nearly 18,000 views speaks to the imminently practical aspect of this project. The designer of said dispenser states that it took him 8 hours and 45 minutes to make the dispenser from 8 different print jobs. UltimatumZ reports that he recently purchased a Cel Robox 3D printer, and although its build volume isn’t very big, he was able to just plug it in and print with it. For the dispenser, he reports he “did this on the default fine setting and you can only just make out the layer lines, so a bit of light Sanding or paint would easy smooth it over. I thinks its 0.1 layer height.”
If you look closely at the dispenser, it’s constructed as a tower with an angled back to fit into a bathroom corner. In a comment, the designer acknowledges that the corner angle is at an odd angle that won’t fit many people’s bathroom corners, but he’s trying to rectify that before he posts it on Thingiverse. Other than that, it’s a pretty straightforward design, using slots and superglue to join the individual pieces together.
This 3D printed toilet paper roll dispenser even comes with a 9 second YouTube video (see below) that shows exactly how this thing could work for you. In the video, you see that you are able to stack 4 rolls on top of each other, simply grabbing a new one from the bottom when you need one. What could be easier?
Now that we’ve solved that problem of extra toilet paper rolls in the bathroom, we can focus on more pressing problems like climate change and world hunger, right?