Our aim is to create a new pouring solution that is a cap and could be applied using traditional capping methods.
When investigating the needs of the customer, we identified a few key areas were that would need to be overcome.
This project went through many different iterative stages using 3D printing. The first stage was to develop a proof of concept where we could get water to flow through a part that was relatively low profile and would be the base to start adding features to. This initial concept took one day of development and was the start of a long process.
While vastly different from the final component the initial design is shown below.
This was accomplished reasonably quickly and we then moved onto adding the features which would make this product a commercial reality.
This included consideration for application so that the parts would not bind together, keeping wall thicknesses even for consistent moulding, changing the thread profiles from single to duel start, adding a non return feature so that the outer cap does not fall off during use, adding a non-drip lip, including a feature for venting of volatile products and designing the interface between the bottle and the cap so that the inner will not come away from the bottle during use.
There were 3 sizes that were developed including a 38mm, 45mm and 58mm. To reach a final design over 80 3D prints were completed testing a range of different features and functions.
Future designs have been considered for a 63mm and child resistant closure, but they are only in their early stages of development.
Final tooling has been completed for the 38mm and 58mm.
Our design team has outdone themselves yet again with, not only coming out with a whole new closure design that works precisely, but their hard work has also earned numerous nominations as well as winning awards. Precise Pour has generated a large number of interests from international markets since its conception, and it was the winner at the PIDA awards 2018 and the most prestigious Worldstar Awards 2019.