3D Printing a Lighting Bolt Bottle Opener

Introduction: 3D Printing a Lighting Bolt Bottle Opener

About: I am a web developer by day and a 3D printer by night.

The 3D Printed Lighting Bolt Opener came about at one of my work events called Beer-O-Clock where we hang out with fellow co-workers and have a couple of beers but no one ever had an opener. The lightning bolt is part of our logo and one of my co-workers suggested we use that as inspiration for the opener.

To complete this tutorial you will need Rhino.

Download Rhino at http://www.rhino3d.com (currently free for OS X).

User Guide and tutorials at http://www.rhino3d.com/download/rhino/5.0/UsersGu...

Step 1: Import EPS to Rhino

Import Spies lighting bolt eps file into Rhino.

Step 2: Extrude Curve

Select curve and from the pull down menu choose Solid/Extrude Planar Curve/Straight and choose both sides and solid checkboxes. Move mouse for depth and press done, enter or mouse button to execute.

Scale model if needed.

Step 3: Create Hole

Add a box and intersect it with the lightning bolt like the image below.

Perform a Solid/Difference operation like the image below. Choose the lighting bolt first and hit enter, then box and hit enter again.

Step 4: Hollow Out Bolt

Click on the command line text at the bottom left corner of the screen and type "Shell" and hit enter. Choose the top face of the lighting bolt and hit enter.

Step 5: Taper Bolt

Use the Taper tool to scale down the base of the model a little bit.

Step 6: Create Hole for Keychaine

Create and cylinder and intersect it with the bottom of the model and use the Solid/Difference boolean operation again to create a hole.

Step 7: Tweak Points

Make sure model is selected and turn on Solid/Solid Edit Tools/Turn On Points as in image below.

Select the points below and move them down and to the right like in the image.

Right click on model and choose "Turn Point Off".

Step 8: Round Corners

Use Solid/Fillet Edge/Fillet Edge tool by selecting the edges that you want to round and hit enter.

Step 9: Validate Model

Use the Check Tool to make sure model is valid.

Step 10: Export Model

Export the model as a binary stl file.

Step 11: Upload to Shapeways.com

Upload your stl file to Shapeways and order a print in one of their many choices. I like to start with stainless steel which is a great material. You can see a version of the lightning bolt opener at here.

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    3 Discussions

    hrichardson v
    hrichardson v

    2 years ago

    Looking through this i'm like... I know that can opener! HAHAHA good job Phits!


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Very nicely done. I like the design quite a bit!