3D Printed Pool Pole Attachment Hanger

Shirker

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Jul 2, 2014
398
Athens, GA - USA
I'm looking for a good way to hang my leaf net, brush, vacuum, etc.. pole attachments. Surprisingly I have not found any 3D printer designs I like. Before I attempt to design one myself, I wanted to see if any of you have anything.

I just want a single bracket with screw holes top and bottom. In the center a plastic cup/post that either the attachment can slide into or slip over. Similar to the image below.

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Rattus Suffocatus

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Jun 5, 2019
484
Corona de Tucson, AZ
There are some considerations when using 3D printed parts outside with UV resistance and moisture resistance. PLA, for example is no bueno. PETG is supposedly okay (though some say no), and some of the more specialized filaments (ASA) are even better. You are probably not finding a lot of stuff like your picture because aluminum hangers for poles and tools are so cheap.

If you do start finding STL's for pool stuff, please let us all know. I've not even thought to do that and I do have some unique problems I need to solve. I have a floor system and I also have dogs that like to knock the Arizona "xeroscaping" gravel into the pool. I need to come up with a manual vac "filter bag" to get rid of the rocks in the deep end ranter than sweeping them down the main drain (which thankfully seems to work) or sucking them into the pump basket. Those would probably kill a robot.. so probably a good thing I went the way I did. But I've not seen anything like I want to design... so maybe that is a use for the 3D printer after all.

But if I start to find pool related STL's I'll post links here too.
 

Newdude

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Jun 16, 2019
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NY
I had some 'over the door hooks' laying around. The kind you would use to hang a wreath on the front door. I have a fence nearby so i just used 2 of them for the pole but without the deckbox also there, i could easily find ones more peg like, for what you are looking to do. I included a link for the general idea, there are many styles/configurations available.

 

AusPhil

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Jan 23, 2018
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Canberra ACT
I'm looking for a good way to hang my leaf net, brush, vacuum, etc.. pole attachments. Surprisingly I have not found any 3D printer designs I like. Before I attempt to design one myself, I wanted to see if any of you have anything.

I just want a single bracket with screw holes top and bottom. In the center a plastic cup/post that either the attachment can slide into or slip over. Similar to the image below.
Hey, i have a lot of 3D printed parts including 2" inlet/outlet connections for my Bestway AGP, tie down points for the winter cover etc ..... all printed in ABS. some parts have nearly 12 months under water and UV exposure so ABS is the filament of choice for this stuff. ABS can also be made water tight with a little extra work after the item is printed

The equipment bracket design you desire has a couple of intrinsic issues that likely make it impractical but the design itself would be simple.
- for effective printing the posts would be printed vertically and the layer alignment would result in a weak joint between the base and the post ... fairly easy to solve with ABS and a simple acetone dip to ensure layers are bonded and allowing for this in the design.
- most of the common printer beds top out around 200mm/8" of effective print length so for multiple hang points this becomes a multi part design and print
- i'd likely also consider this non cost effective if you can buy something already at a fair price.

On the subject of filament types there is little to no need to go to the specialist types like PETG/Nylon/etc just don't use PLA for stuff exposed to UV. Most ABS is fine as long as it's pure ABS.... some of the more colourful ones seem to have other additives. Natural and translucent ABS will yellow with longer term UV but seem to be fine otherwise

back on the desired item, if you provide the desired spacing between posts it's likely a 30 minute design job in Fusion 360 ... i do need to design and print some pole hanging hooks/clips for myself :)
 

Rattus Suffocatus

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Jun 5, 2019
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Corona de Tucson, AZ
I would not consider PETG a specialty filament any more than ABS. Many people claim ABS is no good for UV either.. But in my experience with ABS pipe it seems as good as PVC outside. I didn't say that the holder in the picture would have issues when printed on an FDM printer, but you are correct, it absolutely would.

I do need to get set up to do PETG or ABS myself soon. I probably don't have adequate ventilation for ABS.
 

AusPhil

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Jan 23, 2018
100
Canberra ACT
I would not consider PETG a specialty filament any more than ABS. Many people claim ABS is no good for UV either.. But in my experience with ABS pipe it seems as good as PVC outside. I didn't say that the holder in the picture would have issues when printed on an FDM printer, but you are correct, it absolutely would.

I do need to get set up to do PETG or ABS myself soon. I probably don't have adequate ventilation for ABS.
I've been printing ABS for at least 5 years now and have it pretty refined these days, back a few years PETG was considered a specialty filament but your right times have moved on, hot ends that can print ABS should deal with PETG and the same heated bed is needed.
Personally i hate working in PLA :)
I have two printers these days that can print most filaments but i still prefer ABS especially the fact that it can be glued and the glue joint is actually as strong as the rest of part.
I only make the UV claim for ABS based on my real world experience on parts used outside in high UV over a number of years ....

I won't get a chance this evening but likely tomorrow i'm going to design and print a small version of that holder as a design exercise.

If your interested you can see my large (really big) Delta printer in action aussiephil should be the first video
 

AusPhil

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Jan 23, 2018
100
Canberra ACT
A quick mock up out of Fusion 360 .... the flat plate is printed separate to the "pegs" for the tools, the plate is 200mm long ... the tool pegs are attached via 6mm/0.25" ALU and they are all angled up
The mounting holes sized for 8G screws etc
I didn't measure the actual peg diameter needed and what you see is pure concept mock up ... i could also set it up to use 6mm/0.25" bolts to hold the pegs and recess the nuts

Open to thoughts
Edit: replaced initial render with new one
1 - spacer used for the first unit
2 - main rail 10mm high by 34 wide, hole spaced 50mm ... can be changed
3 - 32mm round peg unit, standard fitting size
all parts printed separately.
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Shirker

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Jul 2, 2014
398
Athens, GA - USA
Thanks everyone for the feedback! I actually have not printed a lot of stuff and nothing super practical. Mostly just knick knacks and fun stuff for the kids.

Open to thoughts
The only thing I would change is possibly the to angel the post (maybe about 60° ?). This way the the attachment heads would be closer to the wall and less likely to fall off the post when bumped.