About this device
GroutTrowel.jpg
Keywords 3D printing, concrete, grout trowel, osat, tiling, spackling, plastic
Uses industry, spreading grout for tiling, smoothing concrete, spackling
Authors User:Cryofixated
Status Designed
Modelled
Prototyped
Made? Yes
Replicated? No
Published 2015
Designed in Michigan, USA
Affiliations MTU
MOST
MY4777
Cost USD $ 5.00
SDGs SDG08 Decent work and economic growth
License data
Hardware CC BY-SA 4.0
Instructions data
Manufacturing files https://libre3d.com/category/569/Hand-Tools/listings/944/Brick-Trowel.html
Translation data

When spreading grout for tiling in areas like the kitchen or bathroom a normal tool may prove to be to large and unwieldy. My landlord asked for a cheap 3D printable tool that could fufill three tasks. The first main taks and what this tool is made for is spreading grout for tiling. However there are two other functions that you can use this for: smoothing concrete, and spackling. Those secondary applications won't work as well as a dedicated tool but this tool can still perform them. And as a bonus function you can table sandpaper to the bottom of this and use it as a sanding aparatues if you are lacking a powersander!

Dimensions: This is a small trowel designed for tight areas. The notches are .25in by .25in. LxW 6inx3in

A comparable trowel can be found here: [1]

Bill of Materials[edit | edit source]

CAD files of parts Files found here

STL

Scad

Purchased materials

  • 1kg of White PLA Filament

Tools needed[edit | edit source]

  1. MOST Delta RepRap

Skills and knowledge needed[edit | edit source]

  • N/A

Technical Specifications and Assembly Instructions[edit | edit source]

-Overall tool base dimensions Length and Width are 6in by 3in.

- The Grout Trowel

  • Layer Height: 0.15 mm
  • Top/Bottom layer thickness: 0.75 mm
  • Shell Thickness: 2
  • Fill Density: 100%
  • Printer Speed: 30 mm/s
  • Travel Speed: 50 mm/s

- Print time: 4 hours and 36 min with a raft, or 3 hours 29 min without a raft.

-Assembly

  • N/A

Common Problems and Solutions[edit | edit source]

  • If printed without a raft the corners may warp upwards due to heat and not enough proper adhesion to the base. Either add a raft of go more carefully over the surface area with glue.

Cost savings[edit | edit source]

  • 61 g of PLA filament were used which was a total cost of $1.20 at $20.12 for 1 kg of PLA filament
  • Grout Trowel can range in price from $5.00 to $25.00
  • The cost savings would be $3.80 to $23.80
  • The cost savings in percent would be 76% to 95.2%

References[edit | edit source]