Step Fountain for Bob

I saw something like this in a dog video some time ago and thought what a great project to try to remake for 3D printing. It was a little ambitious for me but in the end, it works super well. One of my dogs (Bob) just loves it. Albeit I can’t turn my back on him playing with it or he destroys it or the hose. I am sure most kids would love it too. Just press on the large pedal and water jets up into the air. Release the pedal and it stops.

As you can see from the animated gif images, there is considerable water leaking out from the mechanism because of the rough 3D-printed surfaces. I found that acceptable under the circumstances but one could probably reduce that if some time was spent on it.

The following diagram illustrates all the components and their relationships. Assembly is straight forward and no screws or fasteners are needed. I do recommend some garden hose washers (gaskets) as shown.

The water pressure from the hose will push the pedal up and then an pressure down on the pedal releases the flow of water up and out the fountain head. The following images try to illustrate that.

The main body prints standing on end with print support incorporated as show below.

The floating female hose connector might bind a little and needs to be coerced into free rotation as illustrated below.

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I am happy to share my designs (STL files) with our community and welcome you to print them for yourself and even gift them to others. However, I do not permit the use of my designs for commercial purposes (i.e. you can not sell my design(s) or products printed from my design(s)). Thank you for respecting this. If you wish to sell them please contact me and we can work something out.

If you print any of my designs I would appreciate any feedback. I am especially interested in how different designs print with different printers and materials. And, it is always nice to hear back from people who use my designs.

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Where to Get My STL Files

You can find my posted STL files on the following sites:

Thangs

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My primary distribution site for my design files is Thangs.com. Thangs is leading the way in promoting designers and competition amongst designers which in turn fuels the growth of high-quality 3d printable designs for the benefit of our entire community. The competition on Thangs, unfortunately, necessitates designers limiting the availability of free designs for a limited time. As a result, some of my designs are only available for free for 1 week from when first posted, so please download them when you see a new file available that you are interested in.

I do not permit the use of my designs for commercial purposes (i.e. you can not sell my design(s) or products printed from my design(s)) without first acquiring a commercial license from me. On Thangs.com I offer membership accounts for access to all my design files as well as a second membership for commercial licensing which allows subscribers to sell my printed products using my designs commercially.

I am commercializing some of my designs and printed products through various avenues including an ETSY shop, my branded site Buku Design and also on Amazon (Canada and USA).

I welcome comments and feedback as we as requests for customization of designs. I will do my best to accommodate those requests.


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