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Hide Your Drinking Problem With These 3D Printed Lolo Lids

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Lolo LidsThey’ll keep your beer cold, and perhaps most important, Lolo Lids hide the sort of beverage you’re swilling away from the eyes of casual observers and their dry-county moral outrage.

The Lolo Lid features a plastic top which is designed to appear much the same – to the eyes of the drink-in-public-shaming hordes – as a disposable coffee lid. The device snaps on the rim of an open beverage can. The drinker then places their adult beverage of choice inside a standard cardboard coffee cup.

Jerry Mcarthur

Jerry Mcarthur

What follows can rightly be called the process of under the radar drinking.

As a bonus for the sub rosa boozer, the can itself, suspended from touching the hand and insulated by a layer of air, keeps that boozy goodness icy cold.

Jerry Mcarthur of Lolo Lids says it doesn’t stop there. He says the lids were ergonomically designed to provide a precise fit for the lips and nose, and a breather tube allows air flow into the container to allow sweet, sweet flow to continue unimpeded.

If you live in America, public drinking is generally frowned on by the Bluenosed Set, and it also tend to bring with it a host of annoying police action.

Mcarthur, a native from Vancouver and the inventor of Lolo Lids, says the concept was born after he received a $250 fine for bout of public drinking.

“The idea for Lolo Lids came as I was going out drinking to meet some buddies downtown. Obviously, I wanted to have a beer for my walk, but I’d already got a $250 ticket, and I wasn’t going to take that risk again,” Mcarthur says. “I thought about taking a cup to go, but what was I going to do with the cup in the bar for the rest of the night?”

hide your beerIf you’re one of those followers of Carrie Nation who believe public drinking is an open invitation to disaster and a permanent ticket to the Seventh Ring of Hell, you’re up against some opposition when it comes to Lolo Lids. A Kickstarter project aimed at funding production via investment in materials, tooling and molding is doing quite nicely, thanks.

Mcarthur says the somewhat responsible drinker can recycle the empty can and cup and then place the reusable in a pocket for a later strolling or loitering round.

lololidsAnd it was all made possible through the magic of 3D printing and design as Mcarthur says he tested many, many prototypes over the summer.

Kicking a commitment to the Lolo Lids’ Kickstarter campaign will net a supporter access to the initial production run of lids or perhaps even an invite to Mcarthur’s wedding. He says the plan is for the first run of Lolo Lids to ship to supporters during February of next year.

The campaign has already surpassed the original $20K CAD goal, and so it’s on to potential stretch goals for the Lolo Lids.

As for the thoughts behind the Lolo Lids, we’d like to remind you to wield them wisely and within the letter of the law. Enjoy responsibly!

Will you be committing some cash to the Lolo Lids Kickstrarter campaign and kickstarting your underground public boozing career? Let us know in the Lolo Lids forum thread on 3DPB.com. Check out the campaign video below.

 

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