Toilet paper tube converted into 3D-printed
pen holder by Aleksandar Dimitrov

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French designer Aleksandar Dimitrov has created a 3D-printed accessory for the humble toilet-paper tube, allowing users to effortlessly convert it into a pen holder (+ slideshow).

Toilet paper tube converted into 3D-printed pen holder by Aleksandar Dimitrov

The tp Pencil Holder by Aleksandar Dimitrov is printed from polyamide and attaches to the bottom of the cardboard tube left over from the centre of any roll of toilet paper, accommodating a diameter between 36 and 39 millimetres.

Toilet paper tube converted into 3D-printed pen holder by Aleksandar Dimitrov

The device comprises a round base with a wider circumference than the average tube to create a stable base for the desk tidy, surrounding a grid of bars within an inner circle to prevent items falling through when the assemblage is lifted.

Toilet paper tube converted into 3D-printed pen holder by Aleksandar Dimitrov

Three prongs join the rings together then project upwards so users can simply plug the piece in to the loo-roll tube.

Toilet paper tube converted into 3D-printed pen holder by Aleksandar Dimitrov

The accessory can then be used to hold pencils, pens or anything other stationery lying around on a desk in need of more organisation.

Toilet paper tube converted into 3D-printed pen holder by Aleksandar Dimitrov

It comes in white, black, and limited-edition colours. While the designer has chosen to keep the decor to a minimum, users are free to customise their toilet roll holders in any way they see fit.

Toilet paper tube converted into 3D-printed pen holder by Aleksandar Dimitrov

The tp Pencil Holder is available from Dimitrov's website or 3D-printing giant Shapeways.

Toilet paper tube converted into 3D-printed pen holder by Aleksandar Dimitrov

Other companies have also used 3D-printing technology to address the problem of desktop clutter: last month New York-based designers Barbara Busatta and Dario Buzzini released a range of tableware that can be printed out at home on a desktop 3D-printer and used straight away.

Toilet paper tube converted into 3D-printed pen holder by Aleksandar Dimitrov

Meanwhile American college student Tyler McNaney invented a desktop machine that makes the raw materials for 3D printing by grinding up waste plastic from bottles, wrappers and even Lego bricks.

  • Vortex

    And in latest design news, 5-year-old turns toilet roll into 3D pen holder using scissors glue and and a lid from an ice cream container. Really?

  • Alex

    If you did that ironically, that’s quality! Much better than if you’re being serious.

  • olof

    I wouldn’t call this “effortlessly”. Why 3D print a part at all to end up with a toilet paper roll appearance?

  • MvdR

    WOW! This is amazing!

  • Listen Studio

    I read somewhere recently that around a third of the world’s photographs were taken within the last 18 months. We currently suffer an abundance of poor imagery to sift through on a daily basis. Imagine this on a physical level. There’s a place for this technology. Use an old mug!?

  • mike

    I’m having a legitimate laugh right now. First time posting.

  • hatmanchild

    “Related Movie: Ron Arad compares the overuse of 3D printing…”

    how apt

  • Xela C

    I think this is very much an instance of the “3D printed internet of things” and praise Deezen for embracing it.

    • Kiran Birk

      I can see what you mean but could have been done in a more creative or innovative way?

  • buzz lightyear

    Can you make me a space rocket?

  • Joseph Kelly

    Any excuse to 3D print something. How this made it onto Dezeen I’ll never know.

  • Stophorus

    It seems to me that Dezeen will post anything, as long as it has fancy pictures that document it and a 3D printer is involved.

  • Mik

    Now I have a reason to buy a $5000 printer!

    • guest

      Good luck finding one at that price. And don’t even start with these glorified hot-glue guns that dare to call themselves 3D printer.

  • iag

    Haters gonna hate.

    If you calm yourself for a moment, this designer has created something that uses much less plastics/raw materials than a typical pen pot and utilises an item that usually gets thrown away – to be recycled or not.

    A principle many designers and architects could do with investigating, e.g. instead of repeatedly building new buildings, let’s adapt and re-use the ones we already have.

  • Heres one I made earlier

    ”And on Blue Peter this week, we will be making a desk tidy, using this empty washing up liquid bottle, some tape and a £300k 3D printer, make sure you have these handy kids.”

    • smack

      Do you actually think 3D printers cost £300k?

      Is that actually a thing you believe?

      • 4dprinter

        There is such a big variety of machines that are all called 3D printers. For example, you cannot compare a Titanium EBM machine with a glorified glue gun sold on Kickstarter. Also there are consumer and production machines out there. And so on.
        And yes it is quite easy to find a 300k 3D printer.

  • cell_dweller

    This is brilliant parody right down to the “pen” holder shown with only pencils. This is only second to the book and video about how to sharpen a Blackwing pencil by David Rees.

  • PUCE

    This epitomises the damage 3D printing is already having on the world. Its like a virus eating away at tiny minds.

  • Francisco Fezas Vital

    Simple and it calls on recycling. The base is so the pencil doesn’t fall when you pick it up. It’s valid.

  • Ivan

    I think I will :)

  • dan

    I think the designer has achieved everything he set out to do – provoke a reaction on here.

    Well done son.

  • kostenurka

    You did not try before posting this, right?