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3D Printed Stick Clip


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Will Cavanagh · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2017 · Points: 0

I hope this is the right place for this...

A coworker recently bought a 3d printer and offered to run some jobs for me.  I have never modeled anything for 3d printing before and thought a stick clip head might be a nice first project.  I modeled the part in Fusion360 based on the design of the Trango Beta Stick.  I added a female screw that fit an extendable pole I already had for changing light bulbs.  I designed the part as two pieces that are glued together to allow it to be printed without any support material.

Pretty stoked at how it turned out and wanted to brag to the internet.  I can post STLs if anyone is interested.

I also have some videos of it working, but since it works exactly the same way as the beta stick I figured they weren't really necessary to post.

Ken Noyce · · Layton, UT · Joined Aug 2010 · Points: 2,249
Will Cavanagh wrote:

I hope this is the right place for this...

A coworker recently bought a 3d printer and offered to run some jobs for me.  I have never modeled anything for 3d printing before and thought a stick clip head might be a nice first project.  I modeled the part in Fusion360 based on the design of the Trango Beta Stick.  I added a female screw that fit an extendable pole I already had for changing light bulbs.  I designed the part as two pieces that are glued together to allow it to be printed without any support material.

Pretty stoked at how it turned out and wanted to brag to the internet.  I can post STLs if anyone is interested.

I also have some videos of it working, but since it works exactly the same way as the beta stick I figured they weren't really necessary to post.

Cool project, I'm sure I could look it up, but is there anyway to unclip a draw, or clip a rope into an already hanging draw with this stickclip?  Just looking at it I can't think of how you would do either of those tasks.

Ocalslay Onlyyay · · Not That Into Climbing · Joined Jan 2012 · Points: 1,170

TOo bad you can't print some trad gear amirite folks?!?!

Will Cavanagh · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2017 · Points: 0
Ken Noyce wrote:

Cool project, I'm sure I could look it up, but is there anyway to unclip a draw, or clip a rope into an already hanging draw with this stickclip?  Just looking at it I can't think of how you would do either of those tasks.

Yeah, using the velcro strap (only shown in one of the pictures) you can "rodeo clip" a prehung draw (starts at 3:08).

https://youtu.be/mQ0B9gczJ_c?t=3m8s

I don't think it can be used to take down a draw that's already up.

Marc801 C · · Sandy, Utah · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 65
Locals Only wrote:

TOo bad you can't print some trad gear amirite folks?!?!

What is this "trad gear" you speak of?

Will Cavanagh · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2017 · Points: 0
Locals Only wrote:

TOo bad you can't print some trad gear amirite folks?!?!

I'm actually printing a cam next!  I'll send it to you to test whip on if you want.

Jason Todd · · Cody, WY · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 1,113
Will Cavanagh wrote:

I'm actually printing a cam next!  I'll send it to you to test whip on if you want.

That's not the way this works. You offer to fight Burchy. The loser whips.

Enough of this internet chest bumpin', let's get busy.


(Cool stick, btw.)

Ocalslay Onlyyay · · Not That Into Climbing · Joined Jan 2012 · Points: 1,170
Jason Todd wrote:

That's not the way this works. You offer to fight Burchy. The loser whips.

Enough of this internet chest bumpin', let's get busy.


(Cool stick, btw.)

Cracking up.  You guys rule.


That being said, I'll whip the hell outta this plastic cam!!!1!

Gui Oliveira · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2018 · Points: 0

Pretty stoked at how it turned out and wanted to brag to the internet.  I can post STLs if anyone is interested.

Cool job dude! I'm interested in the STLs. Just got a 3d printer and that looks like an awesome first project.
Will Cavanagh · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2017 · Points: 0

Gui -- see if this link works for you, it should be a zip file with the STLs

slim · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2004 · Points: 1,107

if you can start 3d printing the superclip, then you would be in business!

Zach Parsons · · Tacoma, WA · Joined Aug 2013 · Points: 100

Cool, I'm gonna make one.

What did you use for the wire? I have some 19 gauge dark annealed steel wire that could work...

Will Cavanagh · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2017 · Points: 0
Zach Parsons wrote: Cool, I'm gonna make one.

What did you use for the wire? I have some 19 gauge dark annealed steel wire that could work...

I'm pretty sure that's exactly what I used -- I just had some relatively thin annealed steel wire sitting around that I grabbed.  It's not stiff enough to hold the gate with just a bend in it (the way the Beta Stick works) but I've found that by leaving the wire a little long and fully bending it across the gate from both sides, it holds well and releases fairly easily.  I tried some stiffer steel wire, but it was not annealed and broke after a few uses.  I'm sure there's a better material out there, but the super flexible annealed stuff I have on there now has been working fine.

Zach Parsons · · Tacoma, WA · Joined Aug 2013 · Points: 100

You could make a version with a small pilot hole, then it could be drilled out to fit a tent pole, avy probe, dowel, etc. For those who want to go light or don't have a painter's pole.

Such a version could be printed as one part.

Anyway, I made the threaded part last night and it works. I'll make the body, assemble it, and try it out tonight.

Will Cavanagh · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2017 · Points: 0

Yeah, that would be cool.  Part of the thought with the two piece construction was that it makes it easier to print different mounting heads.  A one piece print would be nice though -- the superglue from my original glue up broke and I ended up re-gluing with a 2 part epoxy.

If you're interested I can try and track down the fusion model.  I have to warn you though, I'm very much not a CAD modeler and it's probably a mess.

Carl Schaefer · · Boulder, CO · Joined Sep 2014 · Points: 261
Only, Locals wrote:

TOo bad you can't print some trad gear amirite folks?!?!

@justbombergear has got this covered:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BgcEBMGAdYw/
Zach Parsons · · Tacoma, WA · Joined Aug 2013 · Points: 100

It worked great! Superglue (the good stuff) and about 8" of my annealed wire and I was in business.

Easy to install, it never popped out accidentally when I tested it with a draw and rope, and it consistently released the draw smoothly.

Props to you for a nice design! My painter's pole cost me something like $30, so this saved me a cool $40 on a Beta Stick.


If I really wanted a different mounting option, it would be easy to just make another insert part. I personally like the painter's pole, it makes a good walking stick on the approach.
Zach Parsons · · Tacoma, WA · Joined Aug 2013 · Points: 100

Made this non-functional "stone" cam as a decorative piece:


3D printing is fun.
Bryan · · Minneapolis, MN · Joined Apr 2015 · Points: 346

Thanks for the files! I printed the beta stick clone out a couple months ago but haven't gotten around to using it yet. What exactly did you use for the wire to hold the gate of the carabiner open? That's the part I'm missing.

Gui Oliveira · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2018 · Points: 0
Will Cavanagh wrote: Gui -- see if this link works for you, it should be a zip file with the STLs

Thank you so much for the files! I'm going to try and print it this week. Still getting the hang of the printer, though...

Tim Stich · · Colorado Springs, Colorado · Joined Jan 2001 · Points: 1,476

I would be very careful with 3-D printing. You could download and print out what you think is a stick clip, and it actually turns out to be a 3-D printed GUN.


I am serious. Be very careful before assembly and keep all loose ammunition in a separate location from where you are working.
Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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