Broom Handle Screw Thread: Now With Dedendum

Although I don’t need another threaded plug, the most recent OpenSCAD version can handle a model including the thread dedendum:

Broom Handle Screw - full thread - solid model
Broom Handle Screw – full thread – solid model

This hyper-close view (as always, clicky for more dots) shows the problem: the region where the addendum and dedendum meet at the pitch cylinder consists of a bazillion tiny faces:

Broom Handle Screw - full thread - detail
Broom Handle Screw – full thread – detail

The previous version simply couldn’t handle that many elements, but the new version has a parameter that I tweaked (to 100,000), allowing it to complete the rendering. Compiling to a solid model requires about 45 minutes, most of which probably involves those unprintably small facets.

The thread elements now taper slightly in the downhill direction, so that each quasi-cylinder nests cleanly inside the next to avoid the tiny slivers that stuck out of the joints in the previous model.

And the new Slic3r version (from GitHub) has better internal support for those indentations around the base, which means that AC vent plug might be build-able, too.

The OpenSCAD source code, with a few tweaks to nest the thread cylinders and properly locate the dedendum:

// Broom Handle Screw End Plug
// Ed Nisley KE4ZNU June 2013

//- Extrusion parameters must match reality!
//  Print with 2 shells and 3 solid layers

HoleWindage = 0.2;

Protrusion = 0.1;			// make holes end cleanly

// Dimensions

PostOD = 22.3;				// post inside metal handle
PostLength = 25.0;

FlangeOD = 24.0;			// stop flange
FlangeLength = 3.0;

PitchDia = 15.5;			// thread center diameter
ScrewLength = 20.0;

ThreadFormOD = 2.5;			// diameter of thread form
ThreadPitch = 5.0;

BoltOD = 7.0;				// clears 1/4-20 bolt
BoltSquare = 6.5;			// across flats
BoltHeadThick = 3.0;

RecessDia = 6.0;			// recesss to secure post in handle

OALength = PostLength + FlangeLength + ScrewLength;

$fn=8*4;					// default cylinder sides

echo("Pitch dia: ",PitchDia);
echo("Root dia: ",PitchDia - ThreadFormOD);
echo("Crest dia: ",PitchDia + ThreadFormOD);

Pi = 3.14159265358979;

// Useful routines

// Wrap cylindrical thread segments around larger plug cylinder

module CylinderThread(Pitch,Length,PitchDia,ThreadOD,PerTurn=32) {

CylFudge = 1.02;				// force overlap

    RotIncr = 1/PerTurn;
    PitchRad = PitchDia/2;

    Turns = Length/Pitch;
    NumCyls = Turns*PerTurn;

    ZStep = Pitch / PerTurn;

    HelixAngle = atan(Pitch/(Pi*PitchDia));
    CylLength = CylFudge * (Pi*(PitchDia + ThreadOD) / PerTurn) / cos(HelixAngle);

	for (i = [0:NumCyls-1]) {
		assign(Angle = 360*i/PerTurn)

module PolyCyl(Dia,Height,ForceSides=0) {			// based on nophead's polyholes

  Sides = (ForceSides != 0) ? ForceSides : (ceil(Dia) + 2);

  FixDia = Dia / cos(180/Sides);

  cylinder(r=(FixDia + HoleWindage)/2,

module ShowPegGrid(Space = 10.0,Size = 1.0) {

  Range = floor(50 / Space);

	for (x=[-Range:Range])
	  for (y=[-Range:Range])


// Build it...


difference() {
    union() {
        translate([0,0,(PostLength + FlangeLength)])
            CylinderThread(ThreadPitch,(ScrewLength - ThreadFormOD/2),PitchDia,ThreadFormOD);

        PolyCyl(BoltOD,(OALength + 2*Protrusion),6);
    translate([0,0,(OALength - BoltHeadThick)])
        PolyCyl(BoltSquare,(BoltHeadThick + Protrusion),4);

    translate([0,0,(PostLength + FlangeLength + ThreadFormOD/2)])

	for (i = [0:90:270]) {

4 thoughts on “Broom Handle Screw Thread: Now With Dedendum

  1. If this is for one of those rubber brooms that work so well on cat hair (and they actually do work as well as the State Fair Hawkers claim… go figure) then I had one break on me after a few years. I just took the two halves, stuck a good sized chunk of 1/2″ All-Thread in there, and epoxied both ends with Methyl Methacrylate epoxy. The stench from that stuff is horrible (and probably dangerous) – let it cure outdoors for a week or more. But sure enough, it makes a bombproof repair. If you can break 1/2″ All-Thread when you’re sweeping, then you’re probably not using your broom the right way. :-)

    1. Seems I mentioned this before in the previous post, and failed to notice this was a revisit to an old problem. So, “Nevermind. Nothing to see here.”

      I thought it seemed familiar…

      1. I thought it seemed familiar…

        Every once in a while, I get to re-repair something. In this case, I’m just prepared for the re-repair… but if that 1/4-20 bolt down the middle breaks, methinks it’ll definitely be time for a new broom!

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