Steady Slicer brand that specializes in assistive cutting tools for kitchen use
About the Project
Date: Summer 2020
This project was created during my internship with Studio 930 and was entirely virtual. My team consisted of one mechanical engineer, one integrative design student, and two industrial design students. My role on the team was the budget manager but mainly consisted of sketching and physical prototyping as well as some research and 3D modeling.
The Given Design Prompt:
“In the kitchen when I use knife to prepare a meal or at the table eating I need to focus on holding the food with a fork to cut the meat. In the office holding a piece of paper just reminding myself to press down on the table or grasp the paper to hold it in my left hand.” - Karen S. (Al Sigl)
Using a tool to cut, slice, and chop can be difficult for someone with a disability that affects their fine motor function, grip strength, or finger dexterity. For individuals with these disabilities, knives can be too difficult to manipulate while keeping the food they are cutting stable.
Studio 930 often designs with disabilities in mind. Although our design goal started with a focus on paralysis, Steady Slicer tools can help those with a variety of disabilities or even the general public.
Our team started with a divergent thinking process that resulted in many different sketches for a variety of ideas. Once we fully explored our design potential we converged on two main design concepts.
Steady Slice is a brand we created that specializes in designing assistive tools for cutting in the kitchen. The Wrist Rocker Knife is designed to give the user more control over the knife with a different style of attachment to the users arms. The Rail Optimized Chopping Knife (R.O.C.K) has the approach of providing an entire safe cutting system with maximum stability by connecting the knife to the cutting board.
Both designs create a natural movement for the user.
Working on a multidisciplinary team
Designing for an under represented community and conducting interviews
Physical and digital model making
Observing and designing for natural movement