Every year, the Extreme Redesign Challenge calls upon tomorrow’s engineers, artists and entrepreneurs to design a better future. It is a test to see who can come up with the most creative, mechanically sound, and realistically achievable design using 3D printing. Seven winners were selected and received scholarships for their efforts as well as features on our website and blog.
A trio from Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan are the NCATC scholarship winning team in this year’s Extreme Redesign Challenge. Kaylee Spears, Chase Brokaw, and Myles Archambeau are all working toward or recent graduates of the CAD based degree programs at MCC. Their shared interest in design thinking and the iterative process of rapid prototyping helped the team to bring their idea for the multi-purpose cooking utensil to life.
The idea for the tool was borne out of Kaylee’s practical desire for a cooking utensil solution that didn’t take up so much space in her kitchen and provided ergonomic comfort to even the most mundane of kitchen tasks. The team went to work crafting their design and using their classmates to help them iterate on each version of the utensil. They asked the class to try out the tool and offer feedback on what could improve it before settling on a final version of the design. They realized that designing a tool that was large enough for a male to hold comfortably, yet not too large where it was uncomfortable for females to use was a nuanced process. Additionally, one of their classmates shared that she has an arthritic condition, and so with another round of slight changes, the final prototype seemed to answer the test sampling usage needs.
The team was also keen to give credit for their success to their CAD Design class instructor, Dennis Hughes, for helping them to realize the design, and bring it into its final, winning form. “Dennis encourages us to try things, to do new things, so that our experiences aren’t just conceptual. This helps to exercise the analytical and creative sides of our brain.” Myles said. This exercise in design thinking and creative agility has definitely paid off for this team of CAD designers to the benefit of home chefs.