While looking through some of the 3D printed objects on Thingiverse, I came across this really ingenious idea that turns a regular Altoid tin into a mini med-kit. This thing would be an incredible addition to an EDC bag (check out the contents of mine here) or vehicle EDC bag. This first aid kit was designed and uploaded by user tahnok. The principal of this little organizer is that it compartmentalizes the Altoid tin so that it can hold single doses of up to six different pills while leaving enough space for some band-aids and other larger medical supplies. This design has been online since 2015 and this is my first time hearing about it. I think the main reason behind this is that most people don’t have access to a 3D printer. The thing about that is, there are online services that will 3D print things for you for surprisingly cheap.
We’ll walk you through step by step on how to get yourself this awesome setup without having to go out and get a 3d printer.
1Let’s download the Altoids Med Kit file.
To download it just click the download link:
It will download as a ZIP file. Just extract the folder using a program like Winzip or 7-Zip. Under the “Files” folder in the ZIP is a file called “Altoids1.stl“. This is the only file we need.
2Now we need to upload it.
Let’s head on over to All3DP.com. This is a site where you can upload 3D printer files and it will comb the internet for the cheapest price to get it printed. We want to click the “Upload Design” button.
Just select the “Altoids1.stl” file we just downloaded and upload it.
It will take a minute to check the file against all of the printing services. It will then come back with a picture of the med kit organizer on the top of the page. Below it you can select the material you want it printed out of. I would suggest Polymide as it is going to be the cheapest option. When I uploaded mine it was only about $13 to get it printed.
After you select the material it will bring you to the buy page. Just clock the “BUY” button and place your order! You now have yourself a 3d printed Altoid med kit without ever having to own a 3D printer!
While there are many small med kits available online that can be purchased ready to go, most don’t offer the ability to carry small individual doses of medication. An Altoid tin is a sturdy container that most people have access to for incredibly cheap. Piecing together a kit that is personalized is vital to not only having a usable med kit, but making sure you have a purpose for each piece.