by Starno, published
A simple printable tool for getting the most out of your tubes of toothpaste, lotion, etc.
At a recent trade show, I noticed an astonishing amount of beauty and cosmetic products using the same toothpaste tube-like storing containers. By the end of it, the representatives were struggling to give out samples while the tubes were taking on that all-too-familiar form. ( http://www.re-nest.com/uimages/re-nest/toothpaste.jpg )
I couldn't help but think about how I would solve this problem with a (hypothetical) makerbot.
The slot width is made to fit the largest of flattened toothpaste tubes found amongst my friends.
The front slot is drafted just a touch to ease the initial insertion of the tube, and the large circular surface is intended to get that last extra bit once the squeezer reaches the back of the nozzle.
This design uses a total of 2.7 cubic inches of material.
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Considering the abundance of tubes to squeeze, it is recommended that you measure the compressed thickness of the tube you want to squeeze and then scale the .stl file to fit accordingly