Over the past few months, I have started two new hobbies. I started building custom fishing rods for myself and my family to use and also purchased a 3D printer. After trying different handle styles and building a few rods, I decided to draft a handle in OnShape to test a 3D printed model out. I based my design off the cork handles I have used on my other builds. I started by first designing a split grip style handle. Below is what the 3d model turned out like:
Here is what the split grip looks like on the rod blank.
I designed a full grip style next. It was an extended version of the butt of the split grip I designed above. Here is what the 3D model turned out like:
Here is a picture of the grip on a rod blank
I designed each of these grips with the rod blank in mind. The center hole of the grip is 5mm in diameter. I labeled it clearly on OnShape so I can quickly and easily adapt this handle to any ice rod blank.
I originally printed these in PLA because that was what I had on hand. I have been thinking about trying a few different filaments to test durability of each of them. After talking to a few different rod builders online, they suggested trying ABS which will most likely be my next trial.
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I printed the first versions in a 25% infill but in a future version, I am going to try a higher infill rate to also test the durability.
Here is a link to the drawing in OnShape: Click here to view the drawing on OnShape
If you haven’t tried OnShape, I highly recommend it. It is free and has excellent learning tutorials to help hobbyists out with any problems that may arise. I have tried many CAD programs and this was one of the easiest programs for me to draw in. If you want more info on OnShape, click on the picture below: