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Super Best Bottle Opener

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Super Best Bottle Opener by 4volt Apr 16, 2015
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I've printed lots of bottle openers from thingiverse, and they all work, but I decided I wanted a better one:

  1. No metal: does not need a coin or other metal parts
  2. Opens bottles easily and quickly
  3. Durable, can open lots of bottles
  4. Ergonomic, fits in the hand well
  5. Does not bend the cap
  6. Small enough to fit in pocket
  7. Easy to print

This opener uses a curved prying edge that catches on a substantial amount of the sharp cap edge, the extra contact spreads out the opening force, so the opener is much less likely to be damaged by the cap edge.

The cap lever covers the whole top of the cap to keep bending to a minimum, and the lever lip forces the cap into the opener so you only have to lift vertically to the bottle.

Since the cap is barely deformed you can (in most cases) put the cap back on the bottle and save the rest of your beverage for later.

This is version 9 and I think it works really well. If you think you have a better opener design, comment here and I would love to check them out.

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Print and enjoy a beer.

Print with a 1.6 to 2 mm shell, and 25% infill or higher.

Having a thick shell is probably the most important part.of making the opener durable. I've opened around a hundred bottles so far with no problems.

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Is there any way I can get this as an STP or some other part file? Fusion360 does not like SLDPRTs unfortunately... Please? :) great feel in your hand, BTW. I want one with my name on it!

As baysail wrote "By far the best opener out there. Thanks for the model!"

By far the best opener out there. Thanks for the model!

What orientation do you recommend for printing?

I find printing it on it's side there is too much overhang on the large internal curve which causes the outline to air print. I have tried supports but no luck.

I print them on using the longest edge down (like in the render of the part file) and have had good results with 0.1mm layers. If the curve/roundness of the handle is too much for your printer, try cutting off the bottom 1-2mm. This is easy to do in in Cura, but I am unsure of how to do it in other slicers.

If that's not the curve you are talking about, or you are still having trouble post back here and I'll see if I can modify the model slightly.

If you could, that would be awesome. I tried cutting off 2mm, it worked but not symmetrical...
Cheers Matt

Nice design, best one I've seen so far. It's great to see people using 3D printers for the important things in life.

Yep! Super best!! i'm a bartender and have been using it for 2 months at work still staying strong!

Good to hear!

I don't know why there aren't a bunch of comments on this thing - it's awesome! I made several of them, and haven't had one fail yet (we have a big family and the openers get a lot of use). I really love the fact that it fits so snugly and preserves the bottle cap in pristine shape - if you want to re-cap a bottle overnight the cap can be pressed back on and it is still air-tight. Congrats on a great design!

Thanks Geoff,

I think there may be too many other bottle openers on thingiverse for anyone to take notice, for now I am happy enough with just having a great opener. I also printed out 10 or so and give them to friends when they complain that they can never find an opener.

Good point about re-using the caps, I am going to put that in the description.

Thanks Geoff,

I think there may be too many other bottle openers on thingiverse for anyone to take notice, for now I am happy enough with just having a great opener. I also printed out 10 or so and give them to friends when they complain that they can never find an opener.

Good point about re-using the caps, I am going to put that in the description.

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