Tactica One (Bottle Opener) by Michael Chijoff
2014 - 2015, Platinum A' Bakeware, Tableware, Drinkware and Cookware Design Award Winner
Increasingly the global demand for premium beverages is growing. Too often the drinking experience begins only when the user tastes the beverage which is due to the use of sub-standard bottle openers. We wanted to rethink this and allow users to start their experience from the moment they pick up a bottle opener. The Tactica One is a revolutionary tool that merges design and materials to create the worlds first polymer bottle opener.
Tactica One is a precision bottle opening tool that rethinks the premium drinking experience. Its unique design has created a form that is not only compact, ergonomic and highly tactile but uses inherent material properties to deliver functional performance in an ultra-lightweight package.
Design Challenges
The Tactica One is the worlds first composite bottle opener resulting in many challenges. The design utilised a suspended working surface to open the bottles which demanded stiffness and strength. The composite was able to withstand the torsional forces produced during the opening action and created a working surface strong enough to handle the physical forces from the steel bottle top. Integration of textures in the tooling provided greater connection with the user through tactile surfaces.
Production Technology
The Tactica One uses a proprietary material that is typically used in the aerospace and military industries. The design has been developed to enable cost effective production within Australia by using a single composite material, reducing complexity and integrating elements such as textures and custom branding options.
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