Introduction: Pill Puncher

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It is really hard for my mother to push pills out of there container because she has artritis.

We got a Ultimaker 2 at my work, so I thought, I’m gonna design a Pill Puncher for my mother. There are already Pill Punchers on the market, but the’re all so small and difficult to handle. Also, the holes are to small for some pills.

So I made a design that fits in your hand, handles easily, and pushes out all different kind of sizes pills out of their container.

Be aware, I’m a beginner in 3D printing, so bear with me.

Step 1: Design the Pill Puncher

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I modeled the Pill Puncher in Cinema 4D.

After a lot of sketching, modelling, failed attempts; I came op with this design.

It’s easy to print, and you don’t need a support structure. Just put it on its side and print.

You can download the STL file on Thingiverse.


Step 2: Prepare for 3D Printing

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If you want to print the model, first you’ll have to slice your model in a slicing program. The slicing software calculates how many layers are required and the coordinates to where it needs to print on the platform of your 3D printer.

The slicing software I use is Cura. Cura is developed by Ultimaker, but it can also be used by other 3D printers. I don’t know a lot about the advanced printer settings, so I just stay at the basics.

Import the model into Cura.

Be sure the model is laying on it’s flat side just like the picture above. Also check if the size of the model is the same size as the picture above. You can use the High or Ulti Quality because there’s gonna be some force on the model, but you don’t want it to break so easily.

If you’re all done with the settings you can save your project as a .gcode file.

Step 3: Printing and Done!

Now you have a .gcode file. This is the file your 3D printer needs to print the model. Once your print is done, the Pill Puncher is ready to use.

If you have any tips to improve the model or printing process, or have any questions, please let me know in a comment bellow.

Enjoy your Pill Puncher and vote for me if you like this instructable!

Link to download the model:


grannyjones (author)2016-06-29

When scaled down to 60%, it is perfect for my little pills.

grannyjones made it! (author)2016-06-22

Hubby printed on Rostok Max V2. Time 1:27:44 bed 60 C; too big, trying to scale. I don't take horsie pills LOL.

Ivy B (author)grannyjones2016-06-22

Looks good! hope if you scale it down it will work for you ;)

grannyjones (author)2016-06-21

Thank you! Arthritis pills --Why, lordy, why? Rostok will make tonight. You are the greatest.

Ivy B (author)grannyjones2016-06-21

Glad I could help! ;) Post a picture when it's done?

DebraB18 (author)2016-06-20

Very Cool!!

Ivy B (author)DebraB182016-06-20


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