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Kitchenaid <-> Pasta Roller coupling
A coupling to use a Kitchenaid mixer to power a Marcato Atlas pasta maker.For your home
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I love my Atlas pasta maker, but it really takes three hands to make it work -- one to feed sheets of pasta in, one to guide sheets out, and one to crank. There are mounting holes on the side of the pasta maker to attach a motor, but rather than buy a separate part, I figured I'd use my KitchenAid mixer.
(KitchenAid does sell a pasta maker attachment, but I already owned the hand-cranked version, so spending $200 seemed unnecessary.)
There are two parts to print: the sleeve and the shaft. I printed the sleeve with 25% infill, and that seems just fine. I printed the shaft with 50% infill, and will report back on how that holds up. Ultimately, it may need to be more like 100%, or even made of metal.
After printing the two parts, add screws to the sleeve (you may want to/have to drill out the holes to make it easier). Then attach the sleeve to your pasta maker, insert the shaft, and attach the whole thing to the mixer. Use the screw on the side of the mixer to hold the coupling in place. The coupler also works with the pasta cutters (for fettuccine and spaghetti), as they have the same motor mounts.
If you're working with longer sheets of pasta, it's helpful to remove the base of the pasta machine (so the sheets can hang down further without hitting anything). Happily, there are just four screws that hold the base on, and they're easily removed. (They're equally easy to replace, to return the pasta maker back to regular use.)
You can see a video of this in action here:
Materials and methods
- 2x small (maybe #6 or #8) wood screws
- 1x printed sleeve
- 1x printed shaft
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I printed the parts and unfortunately the shaft will not fit into my Atlas machine. The part has nubs on four "corners" of the shaft that goes into the Atlas, but my Atlas only has two nubs, opposite one another on a round shaft. I did not notice the difference in your drawings.
I no longer have access to a printer, so I am going to try grinding the two extra nubs off of the shaft.
Oh OK. I did not notice the slotted holes in your machine. I could take the machine apart once and make the slotted holes and put some shoulder screws I already have into the sleeve.
The two screws came from my bin of surplus screws (I just happened to have them on-hand), and the get assembled to the sleeve first.
After you assemble the shaft and sleeve in the KitchenAid, you can twist the pasta machine on to the screws (there are slotted mounting holes that are on either side of the drive shaft hole).
No need to take anything apart or drill holes (for me) -- those slotted mounting holes were already there.
Dave, do the two screws have to come from the inside of the pasta machine? Did you take the machine apart to drill the holes and mount the sleeve? If so, can I instead drill the holes from the outside and tap thread the holes so I can just use machine screws so the sleeve is removable?