Perfectly Poured Beer: Student Designs & 3D Prints This Beer Pouring Device

Share this Article

beer1College life: it’s filled with books, homework, examinations and, of course, the parties. It’s supposed to be a time when teenagers become adults, learning the ins and outs of living away from home, and ultimately finding out who they really are. You can’t forget the beer though, as just about every college and university student drinks at least a few of these cold, carbonated beverages before they graduate.

For one University of Waterloo student, named Andy Cao, beer drinking didn’t simply mean kicking back and relaxing with some friends after a hard day of studies. It meant bringing out his creative side and coming up with a design that could actually enhance the experience from a “taste” standpoint.

“I am a university student who enjoys having beer with friends,” Cao tells 3DPrint.com. “A lot of times jokes were being made when someone could not pour beer properly. I thought, ‘why not design a [device] that can open a beer cap and help pour the beer in to a cup with the least amount of head’.”

So this is exactly what Cao ended up doing. Just finishing up his third year as a Mechatronics Engineering student at the university, he came up with an intuitive idea for a design, while taking a class called Fluid Mechanics, and decided to use 3D printing to bring that idea to life.

beer4

“There is not really a mathematics element to my design,” Cao explains. “The goal was to have no head at all after the beer was poured; but due to the natural characteristics of beer, it was close to impossible to achieve that. “

beer3The device comes pretty close though. It features two channels; one which allows air to go into the bottle, and another which allows the beer to come out. The beer never comes in contact with the air entering the bottle, like it normally does with a typical pour. This means that the CO2 in the beer is never agitated on its way to the bottom of a glass, thus leaving very little head atop the poured drink.

To design the device, Cao used Solidworks, and then printed it out on a Fortus 360mc 3D printer. While the design came out quite nicely, Cao still has plans to iterate upon it further to make its performance even better. As of now, he has no plans on commercializing his creation, but undoubtedly if he did, he would have many beer drinkers interested.

What do you think about this unique design? Would you consider purchasing a device like this if it meant less head on your beer? Discuss in the 3D Printed Beer Spout forum thread on 3DPB.com. Check out the video of the device in action below.

 

Facebook Comments

Share this Article


Recent News

Interview with Hexcel on PEKK for 3D Printing

Urwahn Announces Release of Stadtfuchs Bicycle with 3D Printed Stainless Steel Frame



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Food

3D Printed Guns


You May Also Like

Researchers Compare Microstructure of As-Cast, Hot-Extruded, and 3D Printed Magnesium Alloy Samples

Alloys of the shiny gray chemical element magnesium (Mg) feature a high strength-to-weight ratio and a low density of about 1700 kg/m3, making them good options for technical applications in...

3D Printing News Briefs: July 11, 2019

We’ve got plenty of new products to talk about in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, starting with materials from two chemical companies. WACKER announced new grades of of liquid and...

3D Printing News Briefs: July 6, 2019

In this installment of 3D Printing News Briefs, we’re sharing some business news with you, along with a case study about a 3D printer farm. First up, AMUG just installed...

Carbon and Arkema’s Sartomer Subsidiary Partner to Increase Materials Performance & Digital Manufacturing Adoption

Four years ago, specialty chemical and advanced materials developer Arkema announced that it would increase its focus on 3D printing materials research; this was followed two years later by a major investment...


Shop

View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.


Print Services

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our 3DPrint.com.

You have Successfully Subscribed!