How does the DILE work?

Below is a breakdown of the parts, the mechanics and the proper installation of the DILE (OMEGA version).

~~~~      1) THE NUTS AND BOLTS      ~~~~

Below is a picture of the 20th Anniversary Edition of the DILE (the OMEGA version).  The DILE on the left uses the “spouted-type” Glans Cap, while the one on the right uses the “recessed-type” Glans Cap.

From top to bottom the parts of the DILE are:

Eye Bolt (A), Skin Keeper (B), Top Hemisphere (C), DILE Mechanism (D), DILE Spacer(s) (E)* DILE Cone (F) [only required for “spouted-type” Glans Pushers], Glans Pusher (in this case the Glans Cap) (G)

*[1 cm DILE Spacer is used in this setup]


~~~~      2) THE MECHANICS      ~~~~

The Eye Bolt (A) is a threaded bolt that, when the DILE is installed, serves as a the means to adjust (increase or decrease) the overall length of the DILE.  Turning the Eye Bolt clockwise increases the distance between the Top Hemisphere (C) of the DILE and the DILE Mechanism (D and interlocked components – E, F & G), whereas turning the Eye Bolt counterclockwise deceases this distance.  At present, the DILE can be increased in length by ~2.5 cm by fully “maxing out” the Eye Bolt (A).  As much as this may seem like a “short” distance, when initially installed and properly tensioned, this is most certainly enough expansion to give you a good “tug”.  The Eye Bolt (A) can also serve a latch point (using carabiners, split key rings or mitten clips) to the waist, knee, etc.

The Skin Keep (B) serves to trap the skin upon the Top Hemisphere (C).  When the Top Hemisphere (C) of the DILE is moved away from the DILE Mechanism (D) the skin of the shaft is placed under tension.

The Top Hemisphere (C) is covered with a silicon cap (to help “trap” the skin) and contains a nut that accepts the treads from the Eye Bolt (A).

The DILE Mechanism* (D) houses and stabilizes the other end of the Eye Bolt (A) allowing it to freely turn.  This is really the HEART and SOUL of the DILE!  [*In retrospect, I probably should have patented it years ago as no other subsequent “expanding mechanism” is as easy (IMO) to adjust!  The usefulness of the DILE approach has even recently been incorporated (~2017) into a more elaborate restoration device.  However, it was the DILE that introduced this “threaded” system to the restoration community ~20 years ago (in 1998).]

The DILE Spacers (E) come in 1.0 cm, 1.5 cm or 2.0 cm lengths and lock into the underside of the DILE Mechanism (D) and topside of the DILE Cone (F) or other DILE Spacers.  These spacers are easily exchanged with one another, thereby eliminating the need for rods of different lengths that the original DILE relied upon and, as far as I know, all current “bi-directional” devices employ.  Usage of these spaces can increase the full length of the DILE by 1.0 cm to 4.5 cm (at ~0.5 cm increments) depending on the combinations used.  Obviously, adding additional spaces can further increase the final length of the DILE.

The DILE Cone (F) is, indeed, cone shaped, tapering from ~2.5 cm on top [where is locks in with underside of the DILE Mechanism (D) or DILE Spacers (E)] to ~3.0 cm where it locks in with the Glans Cap (G).  It is important to note that this DILE Cone (F) is NOT designed to fit against the glans and is only required when using the “spouted-type” Glans Pushers!

The Glans Cap (G) serves as the “pusher” against the glans when the DILE is expanded.  Its shape mimics a natural glans (having a flared dorsal side), it has a recess to accept the glans and its angled leading edge (ventral side) reduces or eliminates interaction with the frenulum or any remnant thereof.  Other Glans Pushers (Round, 1/2 Round and Oval) are also available.

It is important to not that the “spouted-type” Glans Cap was initially designed and developed for the M…M…F (see link and usage description therein).  It was only after fine tuning its use for that system did I realize it could be used to redesign the DILE.  It was never my intent (when first using CAD and 3D printing) to reintroduce the DILE, but it seemed so obvious (and easy)!  The “spouted-type” Glans Cap (G) can therefore also be used with the M…M…F… as part of a “packing” configuration or with the “bi-directional” configuration (the M..M…F…  website and product line is not yet available – I hope ~3/2018).


~~~~      3) HOW TO INSTALL THE DILE      ~~~~

[instructional videos for installation will be forth coming – I need a volunteer!]

  1. Setup the DILE with desired length (remove or install DILE Spacers as needed)
  2. Optional: You may wish to apply a small amount of lotion to the glans and around the bottom edge of the Glans Cap or a small square of cotton
  3. Place DILE (with Glans Cap or Glans Pushers in place) – in the unexpanded state – upon the glans (ensure flared side of Glans Cap is on the dorsal side of shaft)
  4. Pull skin (i.e., skin tube) up and over the Top Hemisphere of the DILE
  5. Push DILE as deep inside the skin tube as possible
  6. Gather up extra skin forward of the Top Hemisphere
  7. Place Skin Keeper over this gathered skin
  8. Expand the DILE by turning the Eye Bolt