Place the Tube Opener down on stable surface. Position the tube to be opened so that the tube cap is located within the working grip area of the opener. Press down on the opener to grip the cap, and twist the tube to unscrew the cap. The guard along the back and the thumb rest helps stop fingers curling into the working grip area.
The Tube Opener can be used to open:
- Toothpaste or ointment.
- Hot Sauce, Condiment jars, vanilla extract, apple cider vinegar
- Paint Supplies
- Travel size products
- Nail Polish and remover
The Tube Opener consists of a single 3D printed part. No assembly is required.
The files and recommended print settings for the 3D printed part are available on Thingiverse. A typical print is 1 hour 30 minutes and uses about 20 g of material. PLA filament is preferred, as PETG can be too soft to grip effectively.
After printing, minimal post-processing is required. Just ensure to remove any burrs or sharp edges.
There are several options for customizing or personalizing the tube opener. The tube opener can be printed in different colors by changing the filament. The size of the opener can be adjusted by modifying the scale in the slicer. The opener can be also personalized with text by modifying the stl file with a suitable CAD package.
This design was created by Stewart Russell.