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    Bonaqua bottle redesign

    So, I was thinking:

    - the standard Bonaqua (or Watson's water) costs around HKD 50
    - I like buying it though because the hot water/cold water dispenser is pretty good. I like using it

    BUT
    - I also have free clean filtered tap water

    Therefore, why pay HKD 50 per Bonaqua bottle for the dispenser privilege?

    With the advent of 3D printers, etc, can someone make a custom refillable Bonaqua bottle? Something with a lid on it so water can be refilled from the tap. That way there is no operating cost of HKD 50 and the dispenser privilege will be upheld

    Thoughts?

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    You can still refill the carboy...you just need to flip it over real quick when you put it back on the dispenser

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    The kitchen usually gets flooded when i try that! I need Arnold Schwazzzagg (however you spell his name) like muscles first!


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    The consider it a free workout bundled in with saving $50 for a jug of water!

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    When in doubt, consult youtube.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zkwShklN0M

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    Filtered tap water, personally no because I can taste the difference between filtered water and distilled water when making jasmine tea - so rightly or wrongly, I think of the crap that goes in the Dongjiang river.

    3Ding, you might have IP infringement issues.

    Refilling - My CBA factor kicks in. Given we go through a bottle once a week, the cost means nothing to me.


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    What's CBA? But, 50*4*12 = HKD 2,400 per year which when compounded at 5% for 10 years is close to 4000 bucks. One trip to Taiwan and back....


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    CBA = Can't Be Arsed. Personally I drink tap water as I CBA with messing around with bottles, plus the environmental impact makes me shudder.


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    But you don't get hot water or super cold water on demand! ;-)


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    Numerous hurdles to overcome

    3D printers (FDM) that are the rage with hobbyists and maker spaces will be severely crippled in the resolution they print at. You can only go so far in surface smoothness when the structure's being assembled as a continuous strand of molten plastic. This smoothness might be critical to forming a decent seal when sitting on the dispenser.

    Build envelope (size limit) on most 3D printers do not approach that of the typical (Bonaqua) water cooler jug. Trace elements of chemicals leeching from the 3D printer filament material will be directly counter to the effort of drinking filtered/bottled water.

    I'm not sure I understand the need for a cap. When the jug is empty and you're able to carry it to the nearest faucet, then it seems the only thing missing might be a BPA-free hose to snake that water into the jug.

    If the jug is in close vicinity of the filter faucet and the idea is to have a system of filling the jug without moving it, a refill collar would warrant further development..
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    One-way checkvalve would permit water to only enter the jug. Centre hose permits air to escape as tank fills.

    Then again, the simplest method might be to simply drill and fit the existing plastic jug with a filling hose at the top. The hydraulic engineers will have to chime-in about why this wouldn't work...
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