If you have the need to build custom stands for your 3D printer, brewing apparatus, workshop or anything else, you might be interested in a new connection system which has been created called Maker Pipe.
Maker Pipe allows you to use the relatively cheap and widely available steel electrical conduit tubing, which is available from most hardware stores to create almost anything you can imagine using a wide variety of different connectors.
The system even comes with its own heat shrink finish to allow you to provide a professional protected finish to your stand. Watch the video below to learn more about the connectors that are available as well as the stretch goals which will trigger if the development team raise enough capital via Kickstarter.
A simple system of connectors that allows you to build anything with electrical metal conduit. Maker Pipe is a simple, affordable, easy-to use system of connectors that pairs with inexpensive electrical conduit you can find at any hardware store. The result is a building platform with endless possibilities.
Electrical conduit/EMT’s traditional use is to run wires through buildings. You can find EMT at any local hardware store and best of all it is super cheap! A 10′ length pipe will only cost you around $3.50. Maker Pipe connectors are designed to work with 3/4″ EMT, which is good balance between strength and cost. Your builds will hold up and last. EMT is also galvanized so your outdoor builds will keep through the elements. This affordable, readily available, steel pipe makes the perfect building material.
The Maker Pipe is a smart and elegant way to build what you love. Here are some of the reasons why it might be perfect for that really awesome thing you have been wanting to build! The standard T connector consists of 2 pieces, a nut, and bolt. There are friction bands on the connectors that help keep your connection in place. If you choose to shrink wrap the pipe for appearance or versitility the bands are not needed. Just slip the bands off the connector and save for another build.
When you are ready to make your connection, take two parts and interlock the puzzle piece shapes on the connectors around the pipe. Then put the nut in place with one hand (the connector holds the nut secure) while you screw the bolt in with the other. Use a 5mm Allen wrench to tighten and you are on your way. You have made a strong steel connection without and power tools or special skills.
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