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$46.00 pledged of $10,000 goal
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By Brittney Hopgood
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About this project

Without compromising appearance, Gizmo is a pet bowl re-imagined, providing a more inviting pet feeding experience with simple form and functionality for both the pet and owner.

Most pet bowls on the market today aren’t made to reflect the fun and spontaneous personality of our pet friends. My goal was to conceptualize and develop a pet bowl that characterizes the key attributes of a pet while still reflecting balance and elegance. Engaging and simplistic, Gizmo is a product that a pet owner would be proud to display in their home.

Thermoformed from FDA and USDA approved Polypropylene, Gizmo is lightweight, providing ease of handling while still being strong enough to withstand drops and shattering. Easy to clean and dishwasher safe, polypropylene is also non – staining and doesn’t mold when in the presence of bacteria. 

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From ideation to fabrication, gizmo has made quite a journey. Through concept development and establishing various design constraints, Gizmo is finally ready for production. The prototypes for the Gizmo bowl set were made at the University of Illinois at Chicago using our lathe and vacuum-forming machines.

Developed and (soon to be) manufactured in Chicago Illinois, Gizmo was designed by a fellow pet lover and owner. The bowls will be produced at Tek Pak, a local manufacturing company with skilled capabilities in custom thermoforming and tooling in the food and consumer industry. Since the company is located in the Chicago land area, it is easy to oversee production and it creates jobs, too!. 

Risks and challenges

Painting- A mask and spray for this type of product requires it to be done by hand. While this is difficult and time consuming, this ensures the best result for the color strip on gizmo.

Shipping- The Gizmo Bowl set is lightweight and durable, meaning your product wont break or shatter during delivery. However, shipping is always a unpredictable but common risk due to timing. But I am prepared to ensure proper delivery and to update my supportive backers through their individual shipping processes.

Basic Plan for Production Schedule :

December- Complete campaign and process orders to our manufacturer in Chicago,Il. Processing the orders will take approx. 3 weeks

January- I will be posting updates and replying to any questions and comments, keeping backers updated on manufacturing. As orders are completed I will be preparing the bowls for shipment.

February- This time will be dedicated finishing and painting the bowls and shipping them to your home!

March- Continuing finishing and shipping remaining orders.

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    Thanks! A little goes a long way and Gizmo will blow you a kiss for your donation.

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    Thank you for your support! You will receive one white medium bowl with your choice of stripe color

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    Thank you for your support! You will receive one clear (clarified) medium bowl with your choice of stripe color

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    You will receive one medium bowl set with your choice of strip and material color. Thank you for your contribution and support for Gizmo!

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