The Voronoi Food Preparation System is a 3D printed design created for those with one hand which addresses user experience and is made using a HP Multi-Jet Fusion 4200 3D printer.
Most assistive products are designed by a group of medical engineers – and nearly never from the hand of an industrial designer. They may be helpful, but when it comes to user experience, they fail to address the aesthetic needs.
Parker Liang, a fourth-year industrial design student at the University of Technology Sydney, developed a product to counter this problem.
The student began using his designing skills to create an assistive kitchen technology which is not only practical but also beautifully crafted. The final prototype is called the “Voronoi Food Preparation System”. It’s made for the one-handed disabled.
“Quite often assistive products (…) fail to address user experience and are produced in an inferior fashion in the thousands by a mass manufacturer agent. It is begging for quality industrial design and attention to detail in redefining user interaction,” Parker Liang explains.
He explains that it was important to create a product which users are proud of and actually want to use. He also adds that it “sidesteps” traditional manufacturing methods. In fact, the base of the design was 3D printed from an HP Multi-Jet Fusion 4200 Printer using polyamide.
The user-friendly yet sophisticated design proves exactly what can be achieved with the help of a little imagination and a 3D printer.
3D printing the design took two days but the resulting quality is certainly worth the effort. The 3D printed aspect offers both a great aesthetic but also an easier grip.
On top of this design sits a wooden chopping board. This has interchangeable sections which help secure, grate or chop food. Then, underneath the board, you’ll find hollows where the chopped food collects.
Everything has its own place and, when not in use, is safe within the print. You’ll find a spike cap, bread blocks, grater, slicer and container within the design.
In order to ensure the system doesn’t slip on counters, Liang has incorporated a white food grade silicon rubber. This material fits into the pattern and then secures it to a surface.
So far, this model is only a prototype. However, it’ll be interesting to see just how far Liang can take this innovative product.