Beer Shooter




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What ever happened to the hubbub around 3D printed weapons? Get ready to bust a cap and shotgun a beer with the 3D printed beer shooter. Before you jump the gun and shoot from the hip, this concept can't shoot anything and is nothing more than a holder for your beer.

Perpetuating the concept of 3D printing weapons beyond the iStab, the beer shooter is a novel way to take the pain away and self medicate with a few shots (of beer) straight to the mouth. This 3D printed beer holder uses a model of a Colt 1911 to hold the beer bottle while you sip, and is sure to cause a stir wherever you drink.

Obviously this is a novelty creation. Using the beer shooter anywhere is really a bad idea.

The 3D file to make your own beershooter is below.

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Step 1: Get Meshmixer

*(Cowbert model shown can be found here)

If you're not familiar with Meshmixer, it's amazing!

Meshmixer is a free entry level design software used to mash two (or more) models together. You don't need to know anything about 3D modelling to make things, and the results are usually pretty amazing (like the "cowbert" model shown above).

There's endlesslibraries of free models you can download for free that other people have made, and there's primatives in the software, so the possibilities are endless.

Meshmixer is the same software used to create the iStab, how to Turn Yourself into Action Figure, and the Knuckleduster Phone Case.

Step 2: Get Files to Mash Together

There's heaps of free CAD files online. I got both my models from GrabCAD, which requires a free sign-up to download models. Thingaverse is another good model library and requires no signup.

Here's the 2 free GrabCAD files I downloaded:

Next I'll share how I made this model in Meshmixer, if you want to skip ahead of the Meshmixer tutorial go to Step 12.

Step 3: Meshmixer - Getting Started

Open Meshmixer and open the pistol 3D file, then file>import the bottle file.

When importing the second 3D file into a scene that already has a file loaded, you can append the scene which will add the second file to the first. Both files should now be loaded into the same scene.

You should see both files in the object browser. If you don't see the object browser menu you can toggle it under view>object browser.

With both objects loaded into the scene we can toggle which one we can view by clicking the eyeball icon next to the image. Click to turn off the pistol for now to focus on the bottle model only.

Step 4: Meshmixer - Scaling the Bottle Holder

Start by duplicating the bottle by clicking on the edit button in the ribbon on the left-hand side, then click duplicate.

After, select the duplicate and edit>transform to drag it next to the original my clicking on the red arrow (which represents the x-axis) and dragging it over.

Select both models, then from the ribbon on the left click analyse>units/dimensions to scale the bottles to the correct size of an actual bottle (which I measured to be about 8.5").

With both bottles now the right size we'll select the duplicate model and make it slightly larger by clicking the white box in the center of the model and dragging outwards. You want the duplicate about 15% larger than the original.

Step 5: Carve Opening in Duplicate

We'll be focusing only on the larger duplicate for now, so click the eyeball in the object manager to make the original bottle invisible.

From the ribbon, click the bottle and make it solid by clicking on edit>make solid.

Next, in the ribbon, make a cylinder primitive by clicking Meshmixer>cylinder and drag a cylinder into the scene.
Click the cylinder and move it into the beer bottle, then stretch it by clicking on the arrows. We're going to make an opening in the side of the bottle that will allow the regular sized bottle to slide into. I made mine almost the entire length of the bottle from the bottom to the shoulder.

When you think your cylinder is the right size make it a solid in edit>make solid.

We're going to carve out the space that the cylinder occupies by using a Boolean Difference. When both models selected (the cylinder and the larger duplicate beer bottle) you can apply edit>Boolean Difference. It's important to select the base model you want to keep first, so select the beer bottle first, then the cylinder, then apply the Boolean Difference.

You should now have an opening in your duplicate beer bottle.

Step 6: Slice Top

There will need to be an opening in the top of the enlarged beer bottle to allow the neck of the regular sized bottle to pass through.

With the modified beer bottle selected, choose edit>make cut from the ribbon. A new grid overlay will appear, this grid represents where the cut line will be made. You can adjust the angle and placement of the grid using the colored arrows like before when moving the bottle around.

When you're happy with the cut line you can click accept and the portion above the cut line will be removed.

We now have the basic shape of the beer holder.

Step 7: Lower Lip

To make loading a beer into the holder easier I carved a small lip from the bottom of the holder.

Using the exact same process to make the opening in the side of the holder I made a new cylinder primitive and used it to do a Boolean Difference and make an indent.

Step 8: Positioning the Two Models + Cut

Turn the eyeball for the pistol model back on.

Select the beer holder and drag it into position roughly above the barrel of the pistol and at the same angle. Then, position the beer holder over the barrel, mashing the two models together. Take the time to make sure the placement looks correct before moving on.

Duplicate the beer holder by selecting the model and edit>duplicate, then turn off the beer holder duplicate. We'll save this duplicate for later as we're going to sacrifice the existing holder to make the cut we need in the pistol.

With the pistol selected first, select the beer holder next and do a Boolean Intersection, from the ribbon edit>Boolean Intersection. This will remove the areas that the two models touch, sacrificing the latter model to make the intersecting cut (this is why we made a duplicate of the beer holder earlier).

Step 9: Remove the Top of the Barrel

After the Boolean Intersection the pistol model will have the barrel cut where the bottle holder used to be.

From the ribbon choose the select tool and draw a line around the top portion of the severed pistol barrel, the selected area will turn orange. After you can click clear selection which will delete the selected area.

Don't worry if you don't get it all, you can clean up any left over geometry after you clear the initial mass has been cleared.

Remember that duplicate beer holder we made last step? Make that duplicate beer holder visible now.

Step 10: Repair Your Model

Chances are that when you did the Boolean Intersection you broke the model. Oops!

Meshmixer has a very clever tool that fixes that for you automatically. With the pistol model selected find in the ribbon analysis>inspector which will find all the error in your model. Click repair all and your model will be repaired and water-tight.

You model is now done. Having it in two pieces makes printed much easier. If you want you can lower the beer holder back onto the pistol frame and edit>combine.

Step 11: Export Your Model

Before we can print this model we need to export it into a file that the printer will understand.

From the top menu bar click file>export to export your model to the 3D file of your choice (probably STL or OBJ).

Step 12: 3D Print Parts

With your STL file exported you can load it into your 3D printing software and start printing.

I have access to a stereolithographic printer, so that's what I used. At home I use the Creality 3D printer, it's inexpensive and works great!

Here's my object being printed in 2 parts to save on support material.

Step 13: Remove and Clean Parts

After about 9 hours my models were printed and could be removed.

I scraped most of the larger support material from the models to expose as much of the base model as I could. Then, I soaked the models in a bath of warm water. Since the support material is water soluble after a few hours the support material jellifies and falls from the model.

Step 14: Detailed Cleaning

After soaking I could clean the remaining support material with a few fine tip tools and a jet of compressed water. After I dried the models and sanded any rough edges down.

Step 15: Assemble Parts

Ensure both models are dry and completely free of dust or any support material.

Mix up some strong epoxy and glue the beer holder to the pistol body. I used some painters tape to hold the models in place securely while the epoxy cured.

Step 16: Coat With Mineral Oil

Once the epoxy has completely set we can apply a finish coat over the model. Applying a coat of mineral oil over the model gives the piece a darker and more uniform appearance and removes any ghostly abrasion marks from cleaning and sanding.

Remove excess mineral oil with a clean rag.

Step 17: Load Round

To load a beer slide the neck through the opening and push the bottom of the bottle into place.

Bottle insertion may be a little tight, depending on how small your bottle holder is compared to the bottle you choose to load into your pistol. The bottom lip and upper edges of the bottle holder can be refined with some sandpaper to allow for easier bottle loading if required.

Step 18: Dispense Sudsy Justice

With a bottle of your favourite brew locked and loaded you're ready to bite the bullet and down a cold one.

The beer shooter might not protect you from bad guys, but no one will mess with your beer again.

Take a shot at a new project by remixing this beer shooter with your own ideas. I'd love to see them.

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    55 Discussions

    Jack A Lopez

    2 years ago


    oh wait... I meant to say: Cheers!

    I am impressed by your 3D design skills, and also your use of gun language puns, in the Intro step to this 'ible.


    4 years ago

    Lol love this concept but don't try this in front of children :)

    4 replies

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    not really. i don't have children. but im sure if a child see this he can point a toy gun in his mouth too :)

    and i do know some kids who can actually do it and yes they do know where is the gun of there father too :P


    4 years ago on Introduction

    This is just stupid. Imagine what would happen if you get used to drinking with this beer all the time and then once, after you are really drunk, you go for another beer but instead you pick up your real gun. This shouldn't be here, it's not even funny.

    11 replies

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    This is where that thing called responsible parenting come into play, when I was a kid we had guns in the house, and guess what if I had wanted to I could have gotten them at any time. However my parents educated me, they taught me about guns, the dangers of guns, and how to be responsible with them. I never once had the thought or urge to use the guns without my parents help. The whole guns are horrible evil things has gone entirely to far, the focus needs to be on poor parenting, and poor teaching.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    For what it's worth, there is no realy purpose for guns except to kill people or animals. They are tools of destruction. In that regard they are "horrible, evil" things and there is reason to be concerned about anyone having one, because none of us are perfect and having a gun to hand when you become sufficiently angry is potentially much worse than beating someone or slapping them because they make it incredibly easy and efficient to kill people. Responsible parenting can, perhaps, reduce or eliminate accidents, but shooting someone you are angry with or have hatred for is hardly an accident...

    Michael CIstarian

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    when you misspell a word do you blame the pencil. Guns are a tool, when used properly for sport, hunting or defense they don't kill. The user of the gun determines the outcome. Some people are evil and Do bad things. If you own a gun and can't control your anger, you have issues. I have been a gun owner for over 20 years. Never had hatred or anger or alcohol get the best of me. Your generalization of gun ownership is a rediculous assumption on knowledge you don't have any experience with. Sticks to reviewing the build and keep your 2 cent politics out of it.

    IstarianMichael C

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    No, I do not. The pencil is for writing and I do not blame my deficiency at writing or spelling on the pencil. Yes, guns are a tool. However they are a tool with a singular purpose, /killing/. Hunting is simply killing animals that you intend to eat and sport is showing how good you could be/are at successfully 'killing' the target. Whether or not it actually kills does not change the fact that it is purpose built to kill.

    The user of the gun does not "determine the outcome" aside from deciding from how much damage he/she will cause and what they aim at. Also, it is possible to die of /shock/ (see medical definition) from being shot even if the shot itself does not cause a fatal wound.

    For what it's worth, I don't believe the vast majority of people (and possibly any) are evil. They are simply self-centered and hold their own well being (also pleasure, success, wealth, etc) to be a higher priority than that of others. Under the right circumstances, almost anyone can be induced to kill another person. There is a point beyond which very few people can "control their anger". Further the statement "If you own a gun and can't control your anger, you have issues." is ridiculous bullshit. You don't have anymore issues than anyone else, you just happen to have a very deadly weapon handy that will allow you to "resolve your issues" in a violent and fatal manner.

    I do not own a gun, however I have fired both single shot rifles and a shotgun. I also have some degree of practice with a bow and arrow. A bow is also a weapon. A careless shot can kill if you hit someone. I do not intend to kill anyone and /nothing/ is -further- from my mind than shooting people with my bow and arrow. Nevertheless, even a blunt arrow that strikes a person (when shot) can cause harm and I dare say it would not be difficult for almost anyone to obtain more lethal arrows. The risk of injury, even fatal injuries, is why one observes similar rules on an archery range as one does on a gun range. I.e. you generally ask permission to enter the range and wait for it to be granted and the archery marshal/supervisor is responsible for ensuring that shooting comes to a halt before arrows are retrieved and that no one is down range before shooting is permitted to continue.

    I am not engaging in "2 cent politics", I am dealing in fact and, to a lesser degree, an informed opinion. You should refrain from engaging in politics.]

    It is a very poor idea to utilize a gun for "self defense" unless your idea of defending yourself is to kill, maim, or otherwise seriously injure the other person. If you are not prepared and ready to shoot and willing to cope with the consequences, you are advised to learn unarmed martial combat and a variety of ways of disarming your assailant.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    I feel like Vicroras comment has to be a joke, but I'm not sure. If you are unaware of your surroundings enough to leave a real gun loaded and idly laying on the table while you drink, then pick it up on accident and not notice the different weight and feel of the metal, then put the barrel in your mouth and not realize the different shape and composition, then pull the trigger without realizing the totally different resistance, then you were probably bound to die an early death anyway.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Eh. I don't how it's any worse than walking out the door to a 5th floor balcony and falling off because, while drunk, because you thought it led to a hallway or the bathroom. The moment you get that drunk, all bets are off. Also, not having a real gun to pick up solves that problem. Additionally it's unlikely that you will keep your "beer shooter" locked up in your gun cabinet, so as long as you leave your real gun safely locked away there is little chance of the sort of thing that you suggest actually happening.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Ok, I don't see the common sense in anyone's argument here!!! This article, like every other in here, is an Intractable for learning something new. This whole gun sensitivity argument is ignorant in my opinion. This is an intractable on how to create new STL's for 3d printing. The fact that the writer chose to merge a beer bottle an a gun for this demo is irrelevant... You should all be thank full that the writer took the time to teach us a new way of merging multiple 3D designing's to create something productive.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    and im guessing people who drink shouldn't play racing games because they might get REALLY drunk and end up getting into their REAL car, thinking its a video game, and drive it around and get hurt? Right?!


    Now what was the expression they use for that ? Oh yes, "Darwin Awards".

    "Named in honor of Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, the Darwin Awards commemorate those who improve our gene pool by removing themselves from it."