Introduction: Nalgene Straw Cap
I made this design to allow people that own nalgene bottles to use something other than the traditional cap and have options on how to drink out of the cap. I planned on originally 3D printing the cap, but after 6 failed attempts to print a cap I realized it was going to happen. The cap I made was created using a preexisting cap that I modified and made a mold of. My main struggles while designing this cap were printing the cap and getting the plastic mold to actually work other than that it was smooth sailing.
Step 1: Materials
For this project you will need the following items:
Silicone Rubber Kit
Plastic Mold Kit
Hot Glue Gun
Step 2: Remove Top of Nalgene Cap
Take an existing Nalgene Cap and cut out the top so that only sides are remaining.(A knife or drill are the best choices)
Step 3: 3D Print Lid
Using a 3D printer you're going to print a small part to fit on the lid
Step 4: Putting the Part Together
Take the nalgene lid and hot glue the 3d printed piece to it.(make sure there are no air holes)
Step 5: Making a Silicone Mold
Create a box out of foamcore and seal it a hot glue gun. Then suspend the cap in the box using a piece of hot glue. After that pour in your silicone mixture from one corner to make sure no air bubbles are created and wait for it to cure.
Step 6: Remove Foamcore and Cap
After the mold has cured remove the foamcore and cap from the mold.(Remove carefully so the mold doesn't tear)
Step 7: Fill the Silicone Mold With Plastic
After removing the cap you're going to reseal the mold using rubber bands then fill the mold with plastic. (Make sure to burp the mold while pouring to get rid of air bubbles)
Step 8: Remove the Lid
Once the plastic has dried you can remove the lid and check it for holes.
Step 9: Sand Rough Edges
Use a file or sanding tool to smooth away rough edges on the lid.
Step 10: Add Straw
Find a straw that fits in the small hole of the lid and use glue to seal it in place. I found that starbucks reusable plastic straws work best.
Step 11: Creating Seals for the Cap (Extra)
Using the silicone mold you made and a knife, you're going to cut out pieces of rubber that fit the mold.
4 years ago
I had a few thoughts: Purchasing a reusable hard plastic or metal straw would make sense long term as they would be machine washable and not deteriorate as time goes by.
I also feel that sometimes we have a tendency to over engineer and I think this might be a good example of thinking beyond the mark. The materials, time, and effort for the end result seems infeasible for most.
1) Purchase a durable straw
2) Drill through the existing lid with a corresponding drill bit size (or one with a slightly smaller diameter difference to keep the fit super tight if desired 1/64th or so)
3) If removing the straw for washing is not important, using an additional sealer is optional (although chemicals leeching in the water would be a concern, and the point of a straw system is not to make something that is leak proof... so unnecessary)
Cost of materials would be very low, and the project time would be very, very short. If having the original lid is a must.. purchasing a replacement lid is $1.50.
4 years ago
Very nice custom straw cup cover :)