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Measuring cup

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MOST Delta filament as guide.JPG This page was part of an MTU course MSE4777 OA and MSE4777 OB/MSE5777/EE4777/EE5777: Open-source 3-D printing

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Measuring Cup[edit]

Project developed by [tacopaul11]
This OSAT has been designed but not yet tested - use at own risk.
This OSAT has been prototyped.

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  1. Many people in 3rd World countries do not have access to stores like Walmart or Target where they can purchase necessary items. One of the items nessecary for most of cooking is a measuring cup. The openscad project is set to print a 1 cup measuring cup, but can be easily scaled to any practical size for cooking.

Bill of Materials[edit]



Tools needed for fabrication of the OSAT[edit]

  1. MOST Delta RepRap or similar RepRap 3-D printer

Skills and Knowledge Necessary to Make the OSAT[edit]

  • How to print structural items with a 3D printer
  • Use of Acetone for smoothing and crack filling

Technical Specifications and Assembly Instructions[edit]

Prepping for the Print[edit]

  1. Use the Variable "cups" to change the size of the cup (Ex .5 for a half cup or 2 for 2 cups
  2. Use the Variable "lines" to change the number of size indicators up to a max of 8.
  3. Export STL
  4. In your slicer, use a high infill and thick outer layer

Other Info[edit]

  1. Print time is ~2 Hours
  2. No Post Printing assembly required

Common Problems and Solutions[edit]

  • Make sure initial layers do not curl up. If they do, it is almost impossible to use this for accurate measurements.

Cost savings[edit]

  • If your solution is not a low cost one then it is not really appropriate.
  1. 1 Cup uses 40g of Plastic which costed me $0.80
  2. A good 1 cup measuring cup costs about $9.00 on Amazon
  3. This is a savings of $8.20 or 1125%



  1. Pyrex 1 Cup Measuring Cup Available: