I love corgis. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who dislikes them, actually, unless they dislike dogs altogether, and…I generally don’t associate with those people. The Queen of England has apparently owned more than 30 corgis since she’s been on the throne, but more importantly to me, my cousin has two, and I love them. I’ve been known to neglect human conversation on holidays in order to hang out with the dogs, and their short stubby legs, and their perpetual smiles. I’ve often wished that I could shrink one down and slip it into my pocket to take home without anyone noticing. A pocket corgi…what a brilliant idea!
Eric Ho has created something even better – a pocket corgi that will open your beer for you. The former Shapeways social media strategist has been featured by 3DPrint.com before; his creations took up four slots of the Top Ten Most Viewed Products from Shapeways last December.
“I no longer work for Shapeways,” Ho told 3DPrint.com. “I decided to move on an explore other opportunities. I am however still a shop owner on Shapeways and I’ve been focusing on 3D printed corgi figurines and minimalist wireframe designs that serve as keychains and double as bottle openers. The wireframe animals are minimalistic, cute, at an affordable price point that is 3D printed by Shapeways. It’s a consumer ready and viable product. They are 3D modeled in collaboration with designer Kostika Spaho.”
They’re also adorable. Ho’s corgi bottle opener/keychain is designed as a simple wire sculpture that can easily be attached to a keyring, with front paws that can conveniently hook onto your bottle cap and pop it off. They are currently available in stainless steel, polished and matte gold steel, polished and matte bronze steel, polished nickel steel, polished gray steel, and matte black steel. They’re all affordable, at a price of $29.99. Several other, pricier metals are available in the “first to try” category.
Ho has been busy creating a series of wireframe animals in addition to his corgis. A dolphin, a sloth, and a velociraptor are only a few of the wire sculptures, keychains, and bottle openers that his shop currently offers. His love of corgis is also obvious upon perusal of his shop: his sandstone figures include Lobster Corgi, Karate Corgi, and, my personal favorite, Thorgi.
Ho tells us that he is currently offering his services to anyone who is interested in commission work or in setting up a shop on Shapeways. Along with Spaho, who he has collaborated with on several projects in the past, he has recently branched out from Shapeways and started Raw Legend Collaborations, which is described as a “collaborative design shop of the most elite designers, and 3D modelers on the planet.” The business offers custom 3D modeling design as well as social media consulting. Ho can be contacted through the Raw Legends website, or at TheEricHo@gmail.com.
Discuss this story in the 3D Printed Corqi Bottle Opener forum thread on 3DPB.com. And now, take a look at a demonstration of how easy it is to open your beer with a tiny corgi: