Problem Solving Through 3D Modeling with Wunder-Ware, “The Ultimate Utensil”

Maxwell Shepherd

Abstract

My product design creates an affordable, environmental alternative to a mass-produced disposable household product: plastic utensils. Over one hundred million pieces of plastic utensils are used every day by Americans, and it takes roughly one thousand years for one to decompose. Because of the composition and multi-purpose functionality of Wonder-Ware, my invention promises to bring those numbers down. Through 3D design and modeling, I have embedded the disposable utensil set, which includes a plastic fork, spoon, and knife, with secondary uses designed into the negative space of those common utensils. Additionally, the multi-purpose utensil will be composed of biodegradable materials, or “bio-plastics,” in order to reduce their impact on the environment. I believe that this evolution of plastic utensils, with the disruption of the disposable utensils industry, will have a positive impact on the world.

My research into the impact that plastics have on the environment spurred me to develop a prototype for biodegradable multi-purpose utensils. Using 3D designed blueprints to help visualize my initial concepts and determine design flaws was key to developing the 3D printed prototype. My concept evolved over the course of one semester and including my design of the entire set of utensils, along with some minor design modifications. A crucial design element is the multi-functionality of each utensil. For example, the fork has an integrated toothpick/ appetizer pick. The spoon’s secondary feature is a straw built into its spine. The knife has the ability to transform into tongs. My design prototype definitely says a lot about where we are today as a society, by demonstrating the need for recognition of the environmental impact of everyday tools.

 
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Problem Solving Through 3D Modeling with Wunder-Ware, “The Ultimate Utensil”

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My product design creates an affordable, environmental alternative to a mass-produced disposable household product: plastic utensils. Over one hundred million pieces of plastic utensils are used every day by Americans, and it takes roughly one thousand years for one to decompose. Because of the composition and multi-purpose functionality of Wonder-Ware, my invention promises to bring those numbers down. Through 3D design and modeling, I have embedded the disposable utensil set, which includes a plastic fork, spoon, and knife, with secondary uses designed into the negative space of those common utensils. Additionally, the multi-purpose utensil will be composed of biodegradable materials, or “bio-plastics,” in order to reduce their impact on the environment. I believe that this evolution of plastic utensils, with the disruption of the disposable utensils industry, will have a positive impact on the world.

My research into the impact that plastics have on the environment spurred me to develop a prototype for biodegradable multi-purpose utensils. Using 3D designed blueprints to help visualize my initial concepts and determine design flaws was key to developing the 3D printed prototype. My concept evolved over the course of one semester and including my design of the entire set of utensils, along with some minor design modifications. A crucial design element is the multi-functionality of each utensil. For example, the fork has an integrated toothpick/ appetizer pick. The spoon’s secondary feature is a straw built into its spine. The knife has the ability to transform into tongs. My design prototype definitely says a lot about where we are today as a society, by demonstrating the need for recognition of the environmental impact of everyday tools.