To anyone that stumbles across 3D printing it immediately becomes obvious to see it has been responsible for many ingenious product creations in the past decade. Countless examples provide us with hard evidence that 3D Printing is highly effective in what it does, and proves to be bettering the methods of how we currently do things. One of the newest examples is the modification of a well-known and used product.

3d printed ketchup lid and watery residue problem

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Every single day, people around the world use ketchup to add flavor to numerous meals. Fact is ketchup bottle lids have design faults. The problem is that first squirt from the bottle is a watery residue that hits your plate before the sauce does. This can be unpleasant and can put you off what you’re about to eat, especially if it lands on a hamburger bun.

Education programs are embracing the potential of 3D printing in its courses, and two high school students have been researching a project that could change Ketchup packaging, as we know it.

The two students’ visualized concepts, modified via CAD software, and then with a 3D printer re-designed ketchup bottle’s lid to catch the watery residue and squirt out perfect every time. This may sound like a simple creation, and you would be right to think so, but this simple modification carries out its purpose very effectively.

What’s awesome is that school’s program allow this type of exploration and challenge to students. These two saw a need, did something about it, and used 3D printing technology to meet that problem head on and solved the issue.

The new “replacement cap” resembles a mushroom and is designed to hold the watery residue that gathers in the bottle. The lid holds back the water whilst effectively allowing only the rich red tomato sauce to flow through the bottle’s nozzle onto your plate.

The students, Jonathon Thompson and Tyler Richards, are now actively trying to get a patent for their modified invention. The students have shown tremendous initiative in this case by identifying a simple problem, and then using 3D printing to solve it.

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