Design of the Week: The Lugger

The Lugger: a 3D printed portable handle

The Lugger: a 3D printed portable handle

This week’s selection is the very useful “Lugger” by designer Tyler Panka, a.k.a. “Right2Make”.

This design is incredibly simple, yet highly functional - and it’s also quite easy to 3D print. Even better, it’s almost certainly something that every person alive could use at one time or another. 

It’s “The Lugger”, which is simply a handle attached to a couple of hooks. The idea is to use one hand to hold two hooks that are holding more items. It’s a doubling of your carrying power, be it for grocery bags, or even large jugs, as seen in this short video:

Sure, you could probably carry the same items without The Lugger, but you may get some finger pain after a few moments of a heavy plastic grocery bag knifing its way through your knuckles. The Lugger lets you carry things for a longer time, as the handle is far more comfortable than whatever you’re carrying. 

Lifting heavy jugs with the 3D printed Lugger

Lifting heavy jugs with the 3D printed Lugger

I like this 3D model because it is something people can actually use. There is little difficulty in printing it, as it is a single piece and requires no support structures. 

As an added feature, the rear of The Lugger includes several indentations into which you can glue some magnets. Then The Lugger can be conveniently hung on a wall or fridge for quick access. Of course, the magnets are not going to be 3D printed, as you’ll have to purchase them separately. 

Magnets can hold the 3D printed Lugger on your fridge

Magnets can hold the 3D printed Lugger on your fridge

One caution concerns strength. As you can imagine, The Lugger might be holding up several KG of weight, so it should be sufficiently strong. 

It's easy to take the 3D printed Lugger with you

It's easy to take the 3D printed Lugger with you

To achieve that, I recommend a serious degree of infill, perhaps greater than 50%, and even using stronger materials like ABS or PETG, rather than the more common PLA. 

The 3D model is generously available at no charge from several popular download sites. Your choice! 

Via YouMagine or Thingiverse

General Fabb

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has been writing Fabbaloo posts since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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