Design of the Week: Solder Scroll

By on April 29th, 2024 in Design, news

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The Solder Scroll [Source: Printables]

This week’s selection is the Solder Scroll by Printables contributor Victor.

Victor (a.k.a. @Victor_113313) has contributed multiple models to Printables, all of which are practical devices for the household. They include a photo box, DVD stand, shelf brackets and more. But his most complex and ambitious design thus far is the Solder Scroll.

It’s a handheld device that’s greatly simplifies soldering by holding the solder and metering it out. Victor explains:

“The Solder Scroll makes soldering more ergonomic by allowing you to just scroll on the pen shaped tool to add solder. By rotating the knob, the tool can be adjusted to accommodate different diameters of soldering wire (0.3 – 1.5mm). A length of soldering wire is stored on the back and can easily be refilled.”

Without the device soldering usually involves holding the iron in one hand and the coil of solder in the other. The problem results when you need two hands to unspool a bit more solder — and you don’t have that extra hand.

The Solder Scroll solves this because you can push out more solder with only one hand. Twirl the scroll wheel and solder comes out of the end of the unit. This could be particularly useful for those with dexterity impairment.

Parts for the Solder Scroll [Source: Printables]

The parts for the Solder Scroll are designed to be 3D printed without support structures, always a plus. In addition, they will all easily fit together on a single print plate.

Loading solder on the Solder Scroll [Source: Printables]

Victor provides extensive assembly and usage instructions on the Printables page.

Not everyone solders, but those who do will almost certainly enjoy using the Solder Scroll.

Via Printables

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo 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!