Desktop 3D printers are catching on among DIY tinkerers.
Now, one at-home hobbyist is proving just how useful the desktop models can be.
Casey Johnson has developed a number of usable designs for desktop printers including a Nerf gun and a remote controlled airplane.
His newest creation is a working rod and reel, which, according to Johnson works great.
“I thought that designing a fishing rod would be a fun challenge, and I was excited to see if one would work,” 1nxtmonster aka Johnson told 3DPrint.com. “The whole thing went from an idea to actually catching fish in one day, which is pretty neat.”
He also said the plans, which he has made available to the public at Thingiverse, are easy to follow.
“The rod assembles very simply and easily,” he explained. “Slide the round spool into the spool holder on the main rod body. The crank then gets pushed through the rod and spool. Make sure that the hole in the crank and the hole in the spool align, as this is what you tie the fishing line through to keep it from slipping. You can make it for left or right handed, but once you press the crank in it is really hard to pull out.”
Since unveiling his design, he has also made a number of improvements on the design which according to Johnson is “great for hiking or camping, and is small enough to fit into a pocket so you can fish anytime.”
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