A wise man once said:
« When you come home from the Mexican restaurant, every second counts. »
Quick change toilet paper holders have been around for, like, well for about as long as toilet paper rolls!
There are many different designs, and some started to 3D print their own, but I couldn't find one that met my requirements, I wanted it simple, minimalist, good looking, easy and quick to print and assemble, so I designed my own version that can hold paper rolls up to ~110mm long.
Demo video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMhw1-LAq3o
Assembly video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RugunoucFc0
I've put many holes on the base so you can screw it almost anywhere even if you already have holes in you wall, they are 5mm appart from each other, allowing any spacing from 10mm to 100mm hole to hole.
It takes about 5h to print all parts at 60mm/s, uses only around 50g of filament at 20% infill, and can easily be printed on any 3D printer as the shapes are very simple, with no bridges and maximum 45° overhang.
It requires no additional hardware appart from the screws you'll need to attach the base to the wall, it is made to be used with any M4 or M5 screws.
Assembly and installation are very easy:
- Print all the parts by simply printing the all_in_one.stl file, each part is also available as an independant STL file if you need.
- Clean them from any defects they might have (imperfections due to stringing or over extrusion, etc).
- Slide the arms on the base, check that they rotate freely (see bellow what to do if they don't) and secure them by clipping the clips (see exploded view in pictures for assembly details), you might need to apply quite some pressure for that.
- Screw the base to the wall using whatever holes you need.
- Clip the cache on the base to hide the screws.
You're done! :)
The arms should rotate freely, but depending on your printer and settings, there can be too much friction, or on the contrary they can be loose and wobbly, so I made alternative versions of them with higher and lower tolerance, available here, you just have to print them and replace the original arms.
Hope you enjoyed and found that usefull!
Drop a like if you feel like it, leave a comment if you have any question, feedback or request, and please share a picture if you printed your own! :)
No supports needed as there are no bridges and no overhang supperior to 45°.
2018-10-23 edited clips so they slide in more easily while fitting tighter.
2018-10-18 edited clips and holes in the base so the clips can be inserted in either way.
2018-10-18 short plastic clips could sometime break while inserting them if plastic was too stiff, made them longer so they are more flexible.
2018-10-16 enlarged the whole holder by 10mm so it can fit rolls up to 110mm long.
2018-10-16 changed the base and the ends so it now uses plastic clips instead of bolts to secure the arms, making it easier to print and assemble while looking even better as the ends' are now super flat.
2018-08-08 added rounded bevels on the arms to make them a bit rounder where the roll stands, if you already have previous arms you can print the new ones and replace them if you want.
2018-08-11 after many feedbacks and many tries I eventually made a whole new version, even easier to print and assemble, more flexible for those who already have holes in their wall, and better looking with les visible mechanism.
2018-08-12 added a remix with arms that have higher and lower tolerance.
2018-18-13 modified the ends and added caps so the screw heads can be hidden.