Make-A-Bowl

I love my dogs and nothing could be better than making a product that is good for them and makes taking care of them easier. Make-A-Bowl™ is a super compact and durable, foldable bowl frame which uses a poop bag to create a bowl. It is super convenient to keep with you on a walk, travelling, camping or whenever you are out and about with your best friend(s). Fits in your pocket when folded closed. Always clean and available when you need a bowl for water or food.

Over the years I have tried many alternatives, none of which have lasted or been as convenient as this approach. The Make-A-Bowl™ folds extremely compact and then opens into a frame which holds a standard dog poop bag (approximately 8 inches across or larger). Together they form a 350ml (12oz) container.

After the “bowl” is used, the bag can still be used for its original purpose. And, because you use a new bag every time you use it, the Make-A-Bowl™ is always clean and free of other contaminants that could affect your pet.

The Design

When I first developed this I thought it had some real potential as it is such a great bowl. But since then I have come to realize – marketing is everything.

This design is extremely interesting because I stacked print in place hinges or pivot points so that the “box” folds onto itself on the two end axis. This I believe it quite unique and I thought at one point I might try to patent it but so far I have just submitted a provisional patent application.

Printing

The Make-A-Bowl prints-in-place as a single part. No fasteners, adhesives or hardware are required. But I do like a carabiner attached for convenience.

I have tried to make my main print settings visible on the Cura screenshot but in case they are difficult to read I have summarized them again here…

Material: I choose to use PETG for its durability and flexibility.

My Setup:
Nozzle = 0.4mm

My Settings:
Layer height = 0.2mm
Line width = 0.45mm
Wall count = 4 (1.6mm)
Infill = 40%

Support:
Designed to print without support.

Print Orientation: As shown in the screenshot(s).

Assembly Notes

There is no assembly required but breaking the four wall’s hinges free after printing can take a little time. I try to flex all the joints in as many directions as possible first, then slowly pry the walls apart to rotate open the pivot points.

Where to Get My STL Files

You can find my posted STL files on the following sites:

Cults3D

Thangs

Thingiverse

Printables

Licensing, Comments and Feedback

I am happy to share my designs (STL files) with our community and welcome you to print them for yourself and even gift them to others. However, I do not permit the use of my designs for commercial purposes (i.e. you can not sell my design(s) or products printed from my design(s)). Thank you for respecting this. If you wish to sell them please contact me and we can work something out.

If you print any of my designs I would appreciate any feedback. I am especially interested in how different designs print with different printers and materials. And, it is always nice to hear back from people who use my designs.

I am working towards commercializing some of my products and experimenting with a few different avenues. I am currently exploring the use of an ETSY shop, my branded site Buku Design and also on Amazon (Canada and USA, ). If you have time please visit my products there to help increase traffic and search success. Thank you.


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