Solving a problem we can all relate to

Published by Tim on

What a disaster!

White horse CAD have a reputation for solving problems, no matter how big or small. So when we got home after a long day to find the only bottle opener in the house was missing we decided to solve the problem using some of our usual tools.

Lets look at some possible solutions….

  1. We could bite the top off the bottle like you see in the films….
    • That’s got to hurt, there is a very high chance of causing damage to ourselves… lets keep looking for solutions…
  2. We could force the top off by placing it over a work top and hitting the top of the bottle downwards
    • This could work, but I have a feeling pushing a hard serrated metal edge into our immaculate work top is going to cause some damage
    • Causing damage to the kitchen work top will most likely result in me feeling some type of pain, most likely financial, but I am not discounting the possibility of physical injury. My partner is very protective of her kitchen.
  3. We could go and ask a neighbour for help…
    • The trouble is, I think it was their bottle opener that’s gone missing, we borrowed it a few years ago.
  4. We could go and buy a new bottle opener!
    • But the shops are all shut, and I could really do with a cold beer..

Ok, its becoming clear we are going to have to start thinking outside of the box to solve this little problem… Lets ponder what we have to hand that could solve the problem….

Things are looking up… We have one of the best pieces of design software on the market AND one of the best desktop 3D printers available. These two tools coupled with over 30 years engineering experience and over 15 years design experience could help us solve the problem of liberating some beer from its glassy tomb.

Lets get designing…

We are going to have to work fast if we are going to finish this project before dehydration sets in, we need this to be functional, look good and not take an age to 3D print.. So the design needs to be a simple as possible….

Yes, that will work and its modelled in a single feature… reducing time by keeping the design intent simple. The trouble is it looks a little ugly and there is much more material there than we need, that’s only going to make the 3D print take longer…

Now its starting to take shape, we have taken out at least 30% of the mass, but those edges still look a little unfriendly, lets see if we can make the whole thing a little more comfortable to hold.

Those are some smooth lines we have there, this design is virtually completed but I think we have some time to add a little branding…

There we go, that didn’t take too long, but we are not finished yet… we need to get this little life saver printed…

Preparing for 3D Printing

Luckily file preparation is as simple as saving the file in another format and then using the 3D printers software to create a printable file….

There we have it, our bottle opener is designed and ready to print… we used the default settings and a 0.2mm layer height to ensure the print would be as quick as possible, a little over an hour, so some time to have a quick shower and start to relax, whilst the bottle opener is printing.

Lets test the final product…

Here we can see the final printed product in use, quick, simple and effective….






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