Toothpaste Tube Squeezer

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Toothpaste Tube Squeezer by ottenjr Nov 21, 2015

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Printed in 3 parts. Cap can be securely pressed or glued onto shaft. I advise printing as a solid object. Should be wide enough to accommodate all toothpaste tubes while comfortably fitting in the hand.

The latest 2016 version (Rev C) has a lock feature to prevent the tube from unrolling. Simply press the shaft inward to engage the lock and pull out to disengage.

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Nice design, worth a try. But I find it a little bit less efficient than other simpler tube squeezers. The flaw is that the rotating arm is a bit weak (even at 100% infill) so it breaks easily. Thanks for sharing it!


Hallo, können Sie die Dateien auch einzeln anbieten?

Hey, thanks for sharing, it´s a great model but for some reason I am getting layer shifts on your model - never happened before and everything I printed before and after doesn´t have that issue. Did anybody else have this issue?
My Slicer is Simplify3D and Printer is Anycubic I3 Mega...Checked all the settings 10 times...AND even changed to another SD. Nothing helped unfortunately :(

Nice design ! Thanks.

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nice creation, and also wonderful solution to problem of wastage

Printed this is lovely orange PLA. Works great.
Had to use a drop of superglue to hold the cap on, but that's the only problem I had.

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Have you considered changing the cap to a screw cap instead of the press kind? You won't have to superglue the end then.

I've recently started remixing designs, but I haven't reached the skill level to design screw threading yet. If no one else gets around it, I might eventually attempt it myself.

If anyone else is interested, I went ahead and remixed this - Toothpaste Tube Squeezer (with pin connector cap).

Hope you like the slight tweak!

Toothpaste Tube Squeezer (with pin connector cap)
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One idea I had was to make the non gear end slot go all the way to the end so you can pull the thing out from the tube rather than un rolling it which is a bit of a pain. I haven't made time to try to modify it and see how it works. Just a thought.

I printed this on our Ultimaker 3 and it worked well, although i did make some modifications.

Since i am making this for my kids, i felt the grip was a bit small, so i took the .STL into blender and made it about 50% thicker. I actually think it might still be a little smol, so for my second print of this i made it thicker still.

One snag i ran into on my first print was that the 'lock' boss was so close-fitting, when i glued the cap on the lock no longer disengaged - i couldnt turn the inner post because i couldnt fully disengage the lock ! Kinda funny, i should have paid more attention when gluing it down. Anyways, managed to get it to turn after shaving away enough PLA, but it was an unexpected hitch. For the second print i made the lock boss just a hair shorter, which should alleviate this altogether.

Overall great design - pretty surprised how well it works and how strong it is using PLA. I did use 100% infill because it made a negligible impact on print time.

Try this one for your next print if you don't want to bother gluing the cap - Toothpaste Tube Squeezer (with pin connector cap).

Toothpaste Tube Squeezer (with pin connector cap)

The top of the lock hole cutout can't possible print without supports in this orientation :/

Nice idea cause I always needed one for my daily use so thank you

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I made one. The print came out well. The end cap was a really tight fit so no glue was necessary.

Printed fine with PETG and works great. The lock feature is very cool.
Thank you very much for sharing.

it broke while removing it from printer platform :'D

I laid the core stick on the side. It's now very strong!

FDM printer's destiny. T_T

Same here. The core stick must have been printed horizontally, not straight upward as is the default position.

I'm splitting the core stick and printing it horizontally alone.


Made std one with ABS. Very nice, no slip. It is wide enough to take any tube I have.
Thanks for the files....

i loved this it is so useful and it helps me out a lot!!! THANK YOU!!!

with pla broke...

my be with abs..is well

I used PLA 3 times and none of them were strong enough.

wierd PLA is actually usually stronger in a lot of ways then ABS. ABS has more fatigue strength though.

works great for me thanks.!!

It prints well, but the walls were too thin and it only lasted two tubes.

Add a couple layers of outside wall thickness

What do you mean "add a couple of layers"? How do you just add a couple layers? In a slicer? Or editing the model?

Mburr means in your slicer program, you should be able to specify the number of solid layers generated on the exterior of your part.

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Can you load the individual parts?

I've got Cura and can't find out the option.

right click on the object the split object

From Cura 2.* splitting feasure has been removed. You have to import .stl into blender and do the etc jobs.

Why did they remove a feature? :'(

Thank you for the tip, Right click and split object works in Slic3er as well.