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(@kevin-eh)
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After purchasing a stomaguard for an astronomical price, I decided to 3d print one at my local libary for <$30 all in.  This is my story.  After printing a few versions I have found the below two versions to be most helpful in my climbing/camping/driving/hiking/ect adventures.  Below you can find links to the 3d print so you can print it yourself, free of charge.  Please note though, I am not an expert on 3d printing and although this works for me, please use at your own risk.  

- Extends past the stoma covering the entire flange

- Able to have straps rest across my waist without touching the bag

- Climbing harness/seat belt/hip backpack belt can go on the guard instead of above the guard. I found my other expensive stomaguards are not long enough to have the strap rest solely on the guard, it would then slide down onto the exposed bag.

- The top end (close to the head) has a low profile so straps can slide up/down on/off it as needed

- Version 5: The bottom end (close to the feet) gets taller at the bottom permitting the bag to expand as needed, up to full volume.
- Version 1: The bottom end stays low profile for when a more discreet look is needed

 

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5871074

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5852909


   
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(@kevin-eh)
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Version 1

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Version 5

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GoatHerder
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Very nice! I made my own as well a number of years ago and it still works great. I used thermoplastic sheet and cut and formed it. Necessity is the mother of invention!

Retired engineer, now goatherd
Ostomate since 2015: Mid transverse after cancer
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(@dogtalkerer)
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So, what happens when you fall flat on your stomach?  I've done this a couple of times with activities.  With the colostomy, I think I'm safer with no rigid guard to create high pressure points or have plastic break into sharp pieces 


   
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(@dogtalkerer)
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Coloplast sent me some 3d printed proto type devices once, the plastic was brittle. It did flex but had the breaking point soon after 


   
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Chelly
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@kevin-eh wow! You are very resourceful and determined! Awesome job!!! 
I have a request…. If you can invent something that will 100% keep water away from the bag area during a shower. .


   
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GoatHerder
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@dogtalkerer What I built mine out of was quite flexible. I need to protect my stoma from goat horns and hooves and it works well. I haven't fallen but have been head butted in the abdomen and it has protected me well.

Retired engineer, now goatherd
Ostomate since 2015: Mid transverse after cancer
Our goats always live at GoatsLive.com


   
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(@kevin-eh)
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@dogtalkerer

Good comment, but I found it to be better with the guard.  So I have fallen flat on my stomach both with my guard and without.  

Picture this, climbing inverted at a approx 45 degree angle, upside down, and throwing for the next hold.  Grabbing it, but the feet blow, swing out and and the momentum causing you to release the hold as you swing 180 degrees and you are now doing a belly flop into the crash pad.  With my guard no issue; without my guard the flange seal broke and poop exploding out between my shirt and stomach.  

 

I don't think the guard broke because it had enough give to flatten some and pushed into my surrounding skin so it is not as prominent.  With my model, I could also make it ticker and more rigid if wanted.  


   
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@kevin-eh ,

Nice design.

It is hard to tell from the photo, do you have some rigid foam under your guard?

I have a Ostomy Armor Guard and the foam they have works well, I also climb and I would not climb with out the guard.  

Have a good day.

cygo

cygo
Ileostomy


   
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(@kevin-eh)
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@cygo 
I have a large 2-3mm toliet washer glued to it as a barrier with a hernia belt under that.


   
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VeganOstomy
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Thanks for posting this, @kevin-eh, and I'm sorry that I couldn't get to it sooner!

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.
~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


   
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(@dogtalkerer)
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nice design and build, by the way.


   
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