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A novel, sleek bottle opener available in aluminum, stainless steel, and titanium.
A novel, sleek bottle opener available in aluminum, stainless steel, and titanium.
A novel, sleek bottle opener available in aluminum, stainless steel, and titanium.
324 backers pledged $11,859 to help bring this project to life.

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Cap Snap: The one-handed bottle opener

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For this project, I set out to improve upon the simple bottle opener in a way that could be easily manufactured. After many sketches and iterations, I came up with this concept of an ergonomic bottle opener that allows you to open a bottle with only one hand.

How It Works

Cap Snap hooks onto the lip of the bottle cap and rests in place
Cap Snap hooks onto the lip of the bottle cap and rests in place
The curve of Cap Snap fits comfortably within the palm of the hand
The curve of Cap Snap fits comfortably within the palm of the hand
Grabbing the neck of the bottle puts the hand in position to squeeze...
Grabbing the neck of the bottle puts the hand in position to squeeze...
...and open the bottle!
...and open the bottle!
Opens caps without bending them!
Opens caps without bending them!

 Materials and Methods

Cap Snap comes in three material options:

To make Cap Snap from this variety of materials, I will be producing them using a process called waterjet cutting. This involves mixing a very high pressure stream of water with an abrasive and cutting the desired shape from the source material. 

As a mechanical engineer, I have used this process to make hundreds of different parts so I know that it produces a consistant, reliable cut that will be perfect for a small part like Cap Snap. For this project, I will be using the same waterjetting shop that I have used for a large number of those  parts.

This is the machine that Cap Snap will be made on!
This is the machine that Cap Snap will be made on!

After waterjetting, your Cap Snap will undergo a finishing process tailored to the material that you have chosen. Aluminum will be bead blasted for a satin finish, stainless steel will be hand polished for a gloss finish, and titanium will be electropolished for a mirror-like finish.

Project Timeline

This campaign is set to finish around mid-January and I plan to begin production in the third week of January. After a 3-4 week production period, I will begin shipping Cap Snap at the end of February with the intent of finishing in the very beginning of March.

Shipping

I will be shipping worldwide using USPS and providing free shipping within the US.

Risks and challenges

The shops that will be used for manufacturing this product were chosen specifically because they have an impeccable track record and I have worked with them for many years. Production methods and finishes have been carefully chosen to ensure that they will be able to keep up with a wide range of quantities while maintaining consistent quality. While production schedules of manufacturers are the most common hurdle when trying to hit a specific ship date, these shops are planning to start production shortly after the campaign closes.

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    Early Bird - Cap Snap Aluminum

    1X One-handed bottle opener, made from 6061 Aluminum

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    Cap Snap Aluminum

    1X One-handed bottle opener, made from 6061 Aluminum

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    Early Bird - Cap Snap Stainless Steel

    1X One-handed bottle opener, made from 304 Stainless Steel

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    Cap Snap Stainless Steel

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    Early Bird - Cap Snap Titanium

    1X One-handed bottle opener, made from Grade 5 Titanium

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    Cap Snap Titanium

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    Cap Snap Flight (Full Set)

    1X 6061 Aluminum Cap Snap
    1X 304 Stainless Steel Cap Snap
    1X Grade 5 Titanium Cap Snap

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