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Compatible with new key-post systems. Designed to last for life. Made in the USA from stainless steel or titanium. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on August 22, 2013.

Compatible with new key-post systems. Designed to last for life. Made in the USA from stainless steel or titanium.

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Update #1 - Key-Post Version Available

Simple. Small. Superior. 

Truss is one of the smallest bottle openers ever. At only 2.1 inches and 5.9 grams (3.4g for titanium version), it blends in with your keys. Truss is designed to last for life and open bottles on the first time, every time.

Every Bottle. Every Time.

Truss is designed to easily open bottles by creating a pressure point at the center of the cap. This flares out the cap's sides and makes opening your bottle easier. 

Best Design. Best Materials.

Truss is available in 301 hardened stainless steel or grade 5 titanium (the same titanium they use in aerospace and surgical implants). It is shaped utilizing modern laser cutting. Many hours, finite element analysis and four prototype designs have led to the current form. It's built to be the last opener you buy and the best one you've used.

Finish.

Every Truss opener is hand brushed to create a great finish and remove any sharp edges. All corners are similar to keys in shape for comfort while in your pocket.

Backstory.

After searching for a minimal bottle opener that was about the size of a key and not finding much, I decided to make my own. After creating and testing some designs in SolidWorks, I made a quick prototype. It worked very well and my friends were all wanting their own. At this point I realized that more than just my friends might want one. I then developed three more prototype versions before finalizing the one you see on this page. Now we need to order our raw materials and finishing tools in order to move to production.

From a quick sketch on the back of a notebook to CAD design and a prototype.
From a quick sketch on the back of a notebook to CAD design and a prototype.

Forever American Made.

Truss openers were designed and will be manufactured completely in Salt Lake City. We need to order the materials in bulk and the finishing tools. We have plans to also buy a laser cutter and this project will give us the final funds to do so. This will allow us to have full control over all steps from raw materials to your shipped opener. 

Schedule

  • Week 1-2  -  Payment Processing 
  • Week 3     -  Raw Material Orders
  • Week 4-5  -  Laser Cutting and Finishing
  • Week 6     -  Shipping and Order Fulfillment 

"Truly elegant design incorporates top-notch functionality into a simple, uncluttered form." - David Lewis

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Risks and challenges

As with any project, there can be problems arising during production. Designing and prototyping even a small product like this has taken many late nights and many of those were put into planning production. The manufacturing schedule is completed and we've chosen and discussed with local suppliers for packaging and materials. We're utilizing our own production equipment to ensure complete quality control. Our group will be able to handle any volume of production. In the event that one of our suppliers falls through, we have located another local supplier for each material in order to make sure your opener ships on time.

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FAQ

  • - Grade 5 Ti-6Al-4V titanium, one of the strongest titanium alloys available. It's used often in surgical equipment, implants and aerospace.

    - 301 hardened stainless steel, used often in structural applications where strength and wear resistance are needed. Very resistant to wear and corrosion.

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    One Truss Bottle Opener in Hardened Stainless Steel. Free U.S. Shipping.

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    One Truss Bottle Opener in Titanium. Free U.S. Shipping.

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    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

- (30 days)