Screwdriver Cap

Decades ago, in a world where Sears was still around, existed the greatest screwdriver of all time.

Then, my millennial dog, mistook this ancient tool for a chew toy. Fortunately the only casualty was the screw in cap. I didn’t have the cap to reference so built this from memory. If you are at the Venn diagram intersection of: Craftsman Ratcheting Screwdriver & Own 3D Printer & Use Thingiverse & Missing Cap (and who isn’t), then this is for you!

This was surprisingly hard build. Having created a dozen or so models, I thought I had this one licked. But the screw pattern is just not something that 3D packages either cater for or make intentionally obtuse and hard to use. I downloaded a screw pattern generator in Ruby, but that didn’t work. So I grabbed a bolt design for SketchUp that was designed for 34” pipe. It was close but the size and thread count was slightly out.

Problem

After many measurements and a few trial and error builds, I scaled these threads until they finally worked.

Finished

During this process I nearly gave up on SketchUp and found a few other products out there. The most interesting is OpenSCAD which I’ll have to try next.

Files and details are available at https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2437080

Adrian Akison Written by:

Adrian is a serial CTO, hobbyist game developer, 3D printing enthusiast and all around maker.