Inspired by The Simpsons episode ‘Krusty Gets Kancelled’ (the scene where Bart is touring the Playboy Mansion) the Steampunk Bubble Pipe is a 3D-printed prototype toy for adults who want to blow bubbles in a sophisticated way.
Some #3DPrinted Friday fun – a prototype pipe for blowing bubbles inspired by @TheSimpsons ep ‘Krusty Gets Kancelled’. Never seen a toy version that works as I’d like it to so decided to make one. Have plans to make it better + a bit more steampunk 💭 #TheSimpsons #3DPrinting pic.twitter.com/GpNKN8ZCYN
— Mark Jones (@upsidedown_mark) June 19, 2020
It features two types of cap, a flat one and one with a rotating dome, for different types of bubble blowing action. One creates a larger bubble above the pipe bowl which can be gently blown away.
The other has a rotating dome to allow the aperture to be dipped into the bubble solution, and the bubble to detach automatically.
To make this prototype more authentic I used a real pipe stem, and also designed a stand that would allow the pipe to be displayed when not in use.