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Authors Nick Moeggenborg
Years 2019
Made Yes
Replicated No
Cost USD 7
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Bucket-Shower for Developing Countries/Places with no Running Water

Countries that are not as developed as the United States and others have access to very little running water, if any at all. This means that not everyone can take a shower or has the means to do so.

My solution to this was to design an apparatus that can be mounted to a 5-gallon bucket, or larger, that would be able to convert said bucket into a shower for these countries.

Bill of Materials[edit | edit source]

  • PLA plastic filament
  • 1 Shower Base
  • 1 Shower Head
  • 1 Shower Bolt
  • 1 - 2" Shower Drain Plug
  • ~5 feet of rope

Tools needed[edit | edit source]

  • MOST Delta RepRap or similar RepRap 3-D printer
  • Pliers or sharp tool to remove supports

Skills and knowledge needed[edit | edit source]

  • N/A

Technical Specifications and Assembly Instructions[edit | edit source]

Printable Stl files & FreeCAD Files[edit | edit source]

All files available at Youmagine

Print Instructions[edit | edit source]

For all printed components

Material: PLA

Layer Height: 0.25mm

Shell Thickness: 0.8mm

Fill Density: 10%

Print Speed: 85 mm/s

Printing Temperature: 200 C

Supports necessary (Helps keep the bolt holes circular)

Total Printing Time: 15+ hours

Assembly time: >5min

Assembly Instructions[edit | edit source]

Using the.stl files above print out the following (from left to right)

  1. 1 Base
  2. 1 Shower Head
  3. 1 Bolt

Shower base.jpg

Shower head.jpg

Shower bolt.jpg

After printing each part of the assembly, take your bucket (assuming one is already owned) and cut a hole in the bottom that is no larger than the base plate. Once the hole is cut, insert the base through the hole, then slide the shower head into the base. Fasten the two parts together with the bolt. Finally, tie the rope to the drain plug and the bucket shower will be complete.

Common Problems and Solutions[edit | edit source]

  • You may have to file out the bolt holes to make things fit as they should. (Please feel free to change the CAD file as needed)

Cost savings[edit | edit source]

Break Down of Costs[edit | edit source]

(Assuming $20/kg of PLA)

  1. Shower Base (1x):$1.42
  2. Shower Head (1x):$1.58
  3. Shower Bolt (1x):$0.11
  • Total Print cost: $3.11
  • Drain plug plus rope: >$4.00

Total cost to Manufacture: >$7.00

Comparable Costs[edit | edit source]

Commercially Available Shower Head: $22.99 [1]

Prices for lengths of PCV Pipe and Fittings: >$7.00 [2], [3], [4]

Total Commercially Available Price: >$30.00

Savings: ~ $23.00 (~ 76% reduction in cost)

References[edit | edit source]

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Keywords 3d printing, bucket shower, hygiene, osat, plastic
SDG SDG03 Good health and well-being, SDG06 Clean water and sanitation
Authors Nick Moeggenborg
License CC-BY-SA-3.0
Organizations MTU, Michigan_Tech's_Open_Sustainability_Technology_Lab, MY4777
Language English (en)
Related 0 subpages, 4 pages link here
Impact 542 page views
Created November 24, 2019 by Nick Moeggenborg
Modified June 18, 2024 by Felipe Schenone
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