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Tube Squeezer

by Starno, published

Tube Squeezer by Starno Sep 16, 2009

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Description

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. ( 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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I love it. I must admit I found it a little wide too. I'm going to be using some ABS glue to tighten up the opening

This. The opening needs to be about 50% thingger, but I like the look of the thing.

Awesome

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Instructions

*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*

1. Print.
2. Enjoy.
3. Critique.

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JohnnyDude on Jun 24, 2012 said:

I love it. I must admit I found it a little wide too. I'm going to be using some ABS glue to tighten up the opening

fabbing on Jan 8, 2011 said:

Awesome

nycdesigner on Nov 8, 2010 said:

Print it in pink, and well, you know, it looks a lot lime something else that can squeeze a tube.

Anonymous on Aug 18, 2010 said:

I would like to BUY this object. Can you print one for me and send it Italy?

All the best,

Filippo
[email protected]

sam on Mar 8, 2010 said:

You can sell this thing. Nice design.

PrintTo3D on Oct 10, 2009 said:

Great simple design. Could use smaller opening thickness or some type of adjustment though as it doesn't compress nearly enough of the paste out of my tube of toothpaste.

cymon on Jun 24, 2012 said:

This. The opening needs to be about 50% thingger, but I like the look of the thing.

dcb on Oct 30, 2009 said:

Could try pulling the bottom of the tube through at an angle to flatten it against one edge of the squeezer

Starno on Oct 13, 2009 said:

I appreciate the feedback. It was really modeled with the makerbot resolution in mind, as well as leaving a little room for thermal effects. The slot is extra wide to allow for scaling to the desired compressed tube thickness. The last thing I would want is for people to print out an object that is too tight.

Anonymous on Sep 18, 2009 said:

I made one last night and I love it!

Anonymous on Sep 18, 2009 said:

take a picture!

Batist on Sep 17, 2009 said:

:-D This absolutely rocks!! I'm trying this!

Anonymous on Sep 17, 2009 said:

Yes, that button should exist. Including a live stream of the printing in progress!
I'm currently using Bambuser for that:
http://bambuser.com/v/267308

Batist on Sep 17, 2009 said:

There should be a 'I am making this right now' button on the right ;-)

Anonymous on Sep 17, 2009 said:

Oh! This is great. Simple and clean design follows function.

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