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!


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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i printed this going upright and it seemed to turn out great! thanks.

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

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

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.

For those concerned about food safety: http://www.masterbond.com/properties/food-safe-adhesives-sealants-coatings-encapsulation-compoundshttp://www.masterbond.com/prop...

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

For foods & liquids in contact with the material for hours and or days maybe an issue. For only clear water in contact for a few seconds or minutes and then dumped nothing to worry about.

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

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

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

Just an US East Coast water bottle brand.

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 :)

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

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

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

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!

This is not too long at all. I LOVED reading your whole design process. It was very well written and thought out. I liked your detail on every aspect of the evolution. Would love to see the same thing in future designs of yours. Maybe in the comment section, or something. It doesn't have to be in the description, since that's supposed to be concise anyway.

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:

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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.

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?

PLA by itself is food safe, but manufacturers may add additional chemical to aid in extrusion, coloring agents etc.. that likely are not as they aren't creating a product intended to be food safe.

Sorry, I'm not an expert on this by any means. I was just under the impression it wouldn't be considered food safe since it had tiny crevices. Bacteria from continual use as well as any bacteria introduced by the hot end was unsafe.

It can also be shellacked/varnished with food grade shellack/varnish.

My dog will drink from a puddle with visible things swimming in it. I don't think it is going to bother a dog as long as you give it a quick wash out with some soapy water every now and again.

well, is not supposed to be raining chemicals in a puddle.

You would be surprised at what chemicals are in the rainwater.

that is a very good point haha i didnt even think of that. been a while since ive had a dog T_T

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

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.

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

Thanks. This version just snaps in.

That is a fabulous idea