Bottle opener

by piuLAB, published

Bottle opener by piuLAB Jul 22, 2014


Use This Project

Give a Shout Out

If you print this Thing and display it in public proudly give attribution by printing and displaying this tag.

Print Thing Tag

Thing Statistics

22510Views 7232Downloads Found in Hand Tools


Bottle opener made by +Lab in the +Tuo project.
Printed with PLA and customizable.
The "boomerang" model has been designed to be mono-material (example PLA), the second one needs an extra part, in addition to the handle, printed with smooth materials.

This device helps peolple with difficulties in doing movements or activities which requires hand strenght, such as opening a plastic bottle. Simply by placing the palm of the hand on the bottle opener and doing a simple wrist rotation, you can open a bottle with no need to tighten the cap hard. The project won the 1st prize at the 3D print Exhibition during Maker Faire 2013 in Rome.

More from Hand Tools

view more

All Apps

This App connects Thingiverse with Makeprintable, a cloud-based mesh repair service that analyzes, validates and repairs most common mesh errors that can occur when preparing a 3D design file for p...

App Info Launch App

Kiri:Moto is an integrated cloud-based slicer and tool-path generator for 3D Printing, CAM / CNC and Laser cutting. *** 3D printing mode provides model slicing and GCode output using built-in...

App Info Launch App
KiriMoto Thing App

With 3D Slash, you can edit 3d models like a stonecutter. A unique interface: as fun as a building game! The perfect tool for non-designers and children to create in 3D.

App Info Launch App
Apr 21, 2016 - Modified Apr 21, 2016

How long did it take to make??

The file or the print??

How should I fit one piece into the other??? The inner piece is just too big once printed!!! Please help me!

Hi, you should print the inner part in a rubber like material and then just fit it in the external body by pressure, no need of glue or other.

Oct 4, 2014 - Modified Oct 4, 2014

It would be nice to have the sourcefiles here. OpenSCAD prefered, second choice put it changeable on Tinkercad.
Everyone could adapt this thing accordingly to his hand size.
The toothes could be beveled a bit more. This would cover more bottles caps with different size.
Look at this thing:http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:212665. Have tried some other bottle openers too. But this works best.
I have used this with great succes. Evenly grand pa could grip this thing and open his waterbottles again by himself.
But it requires you some precision and power to apply it on the cap.

In general this thing could serve as multipurpose handle.
Using different inserts you may make this a universal tool for several handworking operation similar to openening a bottel.
Make inserts for some works in the home or in the garden (related to push, twist or drag things).

  • screwdriver bits or bores
  • bore holes and put seeds in the flowerpatc
  • make it a handle to carry bags
    -attach it to handles for opening windows, doors or drag drawers….

I will investigate in this direction.
Right now I'm printing the opener intended for a relative first.

Divide this thing into two half shells screwed together.
The insert could not be lost then.

Update: printed one, next time increase the size a little bit

Update: proved. measured with NetFabb. The opening is to small. Roughly 29.3mm at the outermost edge of the opening (underside if applied).
look at my picture on the makes gallery

PET bottle opener
by murat

Are you italian? because we saw you use 3Drag wich is produced near us in milan :)

Oct 7, 2014 - Modified Oct 7, 2014
makibox850 - in reply to piuLAB

No I'm not italian.
The Reg3D sells as Vellemann K8200 via Conrad, Reichelt and other retailers too.

Please export the files to OpenSCAD file format if you are skilled enough;-)
Second choice,export the drawing to SVG-file.

Not prefered personally but SVG-files work with Tinkercad.
You may have to load the svg-file into a programm like Inkscape to modify the shape first.
It is possible to import SVG-graphics and manipulate the size of the whole thing with Tinkercad.
Bring it exactly to the needed size or make personalized stl-files is a matter of minutes. You may add your name as embossed textstring too.

Third choice: export to DXF format, probably most compatibel is Autocad R10 / R12 (non binary) or Autocad 2000 file format. QCad or other free CAD programms should work with it.
DXF-files can be imported into OpenSCAD as well but they will stay as they are sended by you.

If anything goes wrong, take the given stl-file and do some math.
Calculate the scaling factor by deviding the given and the needed diameter of the opening.
Print the scaled stl-file.

This is what I did when I made the shrunken keyring bottle opener.
This method can be applied with your opener too.
First loaded a picture of the opener,
reduced it to a two tone picture,
digitized with Inkscape
made the path from the shape,
manipulated the path,
loaded the exported svg-file into Tinkercad
scaled the size, exported to stl

Hi Makibox850!
Thank you for your exhaustive feedback!
we'll update the source files soon, unfortunately we made the model in Nurbs/Solid modeling so we don't have source for openscad / thinkercad.
Let us know what files can you open and we'll update them.
We'll post also some modified dimensions, and parts divided in grip/handle so you can use them as boolean obj.