Dog Bowl Water Bottle Carrier

by dadhoc, published

Dog Bowl Water Bottle Carrier by dadhoc Jul 18, 2013

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I keep my dog hydrated with this bottle carrier that doubles as a bowl.

I designed it specifically to work with 16.9oz Poland Spring bottles - one of the more ubiquitous water bottles around in my neck of the woods.

The paw prints keep it from rolling around when set down, but I usually hold it in my hand while using it. I included a version without the paw prints as well as a little matching cap so that people know it's the dog's bottle.

Stay hydrated!

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I finally went to newyork last month and came back home with one of these bottle ;)

Yes, she's a Border Terrier. They are the best. Sometimes she's a bit too smart for her own good though!

awesome man! is that a Border Terrier? I got one too!

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You can run a string (I used a shoelace) through the two holes as a shoulder strap which also helps keep the bottle in tightly.

The build took 2:40 on a Replicator2 _with supports_ and .30mm layers.

Since the build uses supports, the bottom side could do with a bit of sanding.


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DDW96 on Apr 11, 2014 said:

awesome man! is that a Border Terrier? I got one too!

dadhoc on Apr 16, 2014 said:

Yes, she's a Border Terrier. They are the best. Sometimes she's a bit too smart for her own good though!

jamesschmit on Aug 2, 2013 said:

what resolution did you print this on? I am very new to Makerbot and am just trying to get some things printed before my school starts and we start using it for class. If you could help me out that would be wonderful.

gmo00777 on Jul 23, 2013 said:

For those concerned about food safety: http://www.masterbond.com/prop...

This is one result from a quick google search, so I'm not affiliated with the product at all.

advanced on Jul 22, 2013 said:

this is freaking great idea... But.... what is this poland spring ? I've never see one of these in Europe.

dadhoc on Jul 24, 2013 said:

I think Nestle are using the same size/dimensions of bottle in Europe. Haven't tested it myself, but it might just work.

rocketguy on Jul 22, 2013 said:

Just an US East Coast water bottle brand.

bringjustn on Jul 22, 2013 said:

This is a great idea, thank you for sharing it.
Now first step for me is to print it, followed by the next step of getting a dog :)

dadhoc on Jul 19, 2013 said:

Thanks Thingiverse for making this a Featured Thing! This is totally cool and an honor! Fun!

DrGlassDPM on Jul 21, 2013 said:

It's a fantastic job on your part. Kudos!

JohnA on Jul 19, 2013 said:

I'd love to hear about how it was designed?

dadhoc on Jul 19, 2013 said:

Hi JohnA. Thanks for asking. I found a good straight on picture of the bottle and used it as a background bitmap in Rhino (for Mac). I traced the outline of the bottle and did an offset to create the shell. Then I traced another curve along the profile to get the opening. it took me three times to get it right. The first model, I scaled incorrectly and ended up with something that was 30% too small..

The second version was scaled right, but my initial curve didn't hold the bottle firmly enough, so I made the top flaps a bit higher (causing the opening to narrow). It was kind of a balancing act as I wanted that opening at the top to be wide enough to easily squeeze the flexible bottle through, but narrow enough to hold the bottle in firmly.

At the same time, I wanted to make sure that I had a good area for drinking and holding water.

So, for the third version, when placed with the opening facing downward, a full bottle stays securely place. Then I wanted some kind of strap, so I punched in those holes. When I added the strap it also secured the bottle completely.

I had initially thought that I would hold it under my dog Elsie's mouth, but I realized that it is nice to set it down for a bit and let her come back to it. So I needed something on the bottom to stabilize it. I was just going to put a stabilizing rod, then realized that paw prints would be more fun. I also uploaded the version without the paw prints just in case someone wanted one that was cleaner.

I tried to configure the build to minimize supports as much as possible. The bottom definitely can use a bit of sanding and smoothing to remove the remnants from the supports.

Maybe this is more info than you want, but the project actually started with the cap. I just wanted a way for my family to reuse bottles at parties and stuff by marking them in a cool way. Then I thought Elsie needed a cap and realized that she should also have a little to-go bowl. Maybe soon, I'll be able to add a customizable version of the cap. I haven't done a customizer app yet, but I'm looking forward to learning it.

Sorry if this is too long, but you did ask!

isonoob on Jul 19, 2013 said:

very nice design for carrying a very common bottle! However, I wouldn't recommend the use as a water bowl for human or animal, as it is not food safe.

please read:

for more info

latigerlilly on Apr 2, 2014 said:

Dude, you are sooo first world! If you use food safe PLA and then rinse it out with hot water before use, it should be fine. I am sure that whatever bacteria lurking in those crevices is gonna be less than whatever the dog has been licking lately.

ecafruoy on Jul 19, 2013 said:

The issue does not seem to be PLA leaching anything into the water... Sooo... Does the problem of a porous surface finish allowing bacteria to propagate negate this object's doggy usefulness? I have puppy travel bowl that is basically a synthetic weave with nooks and crannies.
I wouldn't use ABS and I wouldn't leave the PLA print in the sun.
more thoughts?

EricYoung on Jul 19, 2013 said:

great design!

ecafruoy on Jul 19, 2013 said:

I have a tiny chinpin... I could use a mini bottle version.

dadhoc on Jul 19, 2013 said:

My daughter asked for the same thing. And I *might* just get some time to do it. Will add the file if I can get to it.

I_3D_Print on Jul 19, 2013 said:

Does the water bottle screw into the carrier like the ones at the pet store, thats sooo cool.

dadhoc on Jul 19, 2013 said:

Thanks. This version just snaps in.

dmyers7 on Jul 18, 2013 said:

That is a fabulous idea