Medication Bottle Opener
by sauer, published
update 6/21/16 Meeting with express scripts Thursday with a slightly different prototype to see about getting this on the market. Will make a more updated update afterwards
update 2/25/16 so apparently this was considered cool by some people and it got mentioned in this article: http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2016/02/student-3d-printing-designs-help-those-disabilities-tackle-daily-tasks and http://www.makerbot.com/blog/2016/02/15/5-student-designs-that-prove-3d-printing-is-reshaping-education.
If you want I can post a video demo of how to use it, just say so in comments
So my father has MS, due to this, one of the small nuances he has is opening regular pill bottles. Now rather than making dozens of new pill bottles for him, I decided I'll start working on making a tool to help him open the freak'n bottle. In the new version it works with the 90 day bottles as well.
It works by gripping either the bottom or the top of bottles. Personally I think it works best placed on a table with the bottle your trying to open on top of it.
Rafts: Doesn't Matter
Resolution: lower is better
Notes:A thicker layer height helps it grip the bottle better, however a lower layer height feels smoother, I guess it is a matter of personal preference and time your have. On .3 mm it can be printed in just over an hour.
How I Designed This
So I designed this first mockup using inventor since that's what I'm learning in high school. I've made most of it parametricly relying heavily off the dimension of the pill bottle, hopefully I can learn openscad in time to try making a customizer version.
In the second mockup I changed to a handle design based off of feedback that some disabled people may not be able to grasp their hand all the way, however it would be possible for them to still use a lever. Another small experimental feature I added was a second ring inside for tackling smaller pill bottle caps.
This was designed using a series of extrusions in inventor, then filleting them for more grip. After getting feedback from Venture Cafe, where someone with a broken had tried to use it, I decided that the lever is a must. It allows people to place their bottle on the opener, then well open it with just one working hand. (will add more about this later)
Displayed the Product at Venture Cafe
So Yesterday (10/23/15) I showed the medication bottle opener off at the venture cafe to get some user feedback, and I'm shocked that I had no negative feedback! There were several sales reps who now want to give my product to their clients (for Free!) to make life easier on them. Decided I should probably get back to the injection mold guys about getting one of those so this would cost less than $1 per unit. Thanks for inspiring me to create this product, hope it helps a lot of people.
Now with a no handle option
There is a no handle option for the uncapper mockup 2 now.
As a small note, after the competition I'll make the license more open, just would prefer no remakes before then.
One thing if you do not have to worry about having non 'child proof' lids is to just ask your pharmacist for easy open pill bottles, most carriers have some form of arthritis friendly containers.
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