Customizable Container with Knurled Lid

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Customizable Container with Knurled Lid by wstein Dec 28, 2014
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Containers are so useful - I got a lot of them. Here is my container with a knurled lid and cylindrical jar.

Use the Customizer to create a proper container for your needs, it is fully parameterized.

The User jonaslorander implemented a new option to divide the jar into compartments. Many thanks to him for providing the code and making it! I like it very much!

See also my new Lofty Container and EPCOT Spaceship Earth style Container!


I printed containers in PLA without support.

The smaller ones with 0.2mm layer and the 50mm one with 0.3 layer for faster printing. All fits perfect.

Depend on your printer you may need to use brim.

Due to OpenSCAD command line interface I have now generated and uploaded the container with 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60, 75mm diameter each in 5 sizes with all lid styles.

I used this parameters:
Except the one with 75mm diameter, where I used


Version 1.8
New simple non knurled lid added

Version 1.7 generate all lid styles at once
code optimized for openscad 2015.03 (no more timeout)

Version 1.6 added compartment option - many thanks to user jonaslorander for providing the code and testing it!
part: "both" removed
new Thickness tab

Version 1.5 fixed broken left knurled lid.

Version 1.4 new expert setting in Costumizer for solid container object. You can find the new files here this thing.

Version 1.3 use $fn=100 for all threads to make them a little bit smoother.

Version 1.2 lid optimized for diameter smaller 20mm. The lid of an container with a diameter less than 20mm has now always the same height of about 6mm. This concerns also the thread which may not fit to containers of older versions!

Version 1.1 there was an bug: the generated file container_bothxxxxx.stl was not printable!**

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Is there a scad file for the lids, because I'd really like to be able to make different sized containers and lids?

it is all inside https://www.thingiverse.com/download:2422346

for lid change variable to "lid_leftknurled":

part = "container_";

I'm getting the same error as flashinglizard, I cant generate a customized version of this container. Wish I could, it looks perfect.


Getting a error :

<RuntimeError: Failed to get https://www.thingiverse.com/download:2422346 403: Forbidden>

Does anyone know why I get this error when trying to generate my custom container?
Im changing the size to 160 diameter and 180 length.
I printed my first small container no problem.


it is a bad joke, openscad files have a 0 size. When the Tag openscad is used, it is for a good reason !!! not cool guy

I am sorry, to hear this.

I am customizing one for 100 by 100 do i have to mess with the settings on the lid?

Thanks! Great design, so simple and functional! :)

The .scad files inside the .zip seem to be broken. They're 0 byte files. Perhaps there's something wrong with the zip file? I downloaded it twice to double-check.

yes, there seems to be a bug. please try to download the scad from filelist.

Would be nice to have the lid edges chamfered or rounded. Also why is the smooth lid not tapered like the knurled ones?

How do you make a customized Lid to go with a container?

I just have to say - I have printed a ton of these and they ALWAYS work in every shape and size. They're awesome for all sorts of little parts and projects, and they never fail to impress people with the accuracy of the threads and knurling. Thanks a million for putting the time into this customizer!

This is a big compliment - many thanks!

Any chance of a plain lid or a rounded lid? The threads are perfect!

Sure, I have added a simple non knurled version. Please check out if it works for you and give me a feedback.

Waterproof? Hudminity?

For geocaching

I would not expect, to get this thing waterproof.

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This is the first threaded model that I've printed that has screwed together flawlessly without extensive filing or dremel work. The threads are very well designed. And with some drilled holes in the top this can easily double as a spice shaker. Really love it.

Many thanks! Actually this was my motivation. Create this screwed container, which is easy to print and simply works. I am very happy about your feedback.

I think it is really pity, that it is not possible to rate things with (easy/hard to print).

You may consider to give me a like, as the popularity is calculated on the number of likes within the last 30 days. ;-)

Nevermind abotu that last question, can you tell be if the dimension of the diameter is for the inside or the outside? For example, on the 50X100, if it 50 mm diameter of room on the inside, or is that measurement on the outside? Because when I open it in MakerBot Desktop, the 50x100 is actially 54x102.

It's the inside dimension (diameter and height).

Hey, can you tell me what dimensions the jars are in? Thanks!

Not lucky with customizer.
All options show 2 "Part to show? Only create once! You will get always all parts!" and a select box.

Sorry for the trouble, it should be fixed now.

Hello wstein,
Unfortunately, customizer is not working! :(
Can you help?

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Customizer not working :(

Very excited by how small you seem to be able to print these things, a nice quick, cheap, and useful print, and doesn't even need supports!

Can you put liquids in these containers without it leaking?

The once I printed are waterproof.

But the lid isn't proof without a sealing, if this is important for you.

Sorry I'm slightly confused. So if I were to print out your models, would they be able to contain liquid? Or is there something extra I have to modify or do? Thanks!

The jar itself is proof like a drinking cup. If you want to carry it in a bag you surely want to use a rubber seal to proof the lid with the jar.

Will any of these stl files work on a standard peanut butter jar without modification?

Hmmm, I don't think. That would be pure chance.
May I ask, whats the background of your request? Why not using the original lid?

Customizer not working

"Sorry! This thing does not have any openscad files and cannot be customized."

I accidental delete It while uploading a new version.
Many thanks for your hint.

Excellent thanks for fixing.....

I really like how this printed. especially the lid. However could you make the container just a cylinder instead of having the curve out from the bottom? It kind of screws up the rest of my print because I'm not all pro about it. A plain cylinder should probably print fine on anyone's rig

Hi sshake,

nice to hear you like the lid. Sorry for that late response. It is easy possible to make your remix with flat bottom using the customizer:

There are two parameters for the bottom chamfer:
Outside Chamfer: Container outside chamfer in percent of diameter
Inside Chamfer: Container inside chamfer in percent of diameter

Setting the outside to zero you will get what you want.

But as filipbys say using brim may be necessary. I printed my copies (up to 50mm) all without brim. Without problems. All printed with PLA.

It sounds like your print isn't sticking to the printbed. Try a brim maybe?

no that's not it. I made my own "flat bottom" version in the mean time, I'll throw up a remix.