Design of the Week: Chapstick Keychain Cap

By on December 12th, 2016 in Design


 The Chapstick Keychain Cap 3D print
The Chapstick Keychain Cap 3D print

This week’s selection is the Chapstick Keychain Cap by Thingiverse contributor mike_new.

This is exactly what it appears to be: a replacement cap for your chapsticks, which just happens to be attached to your keychain. 

Evidently mike_new was persistently losing the caps from his chapsticks and realized it would be a simple matter to create a solution through 3D printing. The replacement cap has a loop to attach to any keyring. 

I like this design because it is simple and solves a real-world problem. I certainly wouldn’t want to walk around with an uncapped chapstick lubricating the inside of my pants pocket, and neither would you. 

 The Chapstick Keychain Cap 3D model
The Chapstick Keychain Cap 3D model

Since you’re doing the 3D printing of this object, you can fine tune the size of the cap to ensure a very solid fit on the slippery chapsticks you happen to be using. 

One consideration I must mention is that of food safety. While you’re not ingesting food directly from this object as you might with a 3D printed cup, say, it is possible for the chapstick material to touch the cap in some cases. Normally, the chapstick material will not touch the cap, but you never know for sure. Take appropriate precautions. 

Via Thingiverse

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!