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It's a microwave-safe bowl with a built-in strainer and a snap-on lid! "The perfect back-to-school gift!" Read more

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This project was successfully funded on July 21, 2014.

It's a microwave-safe bowl with a built-in strainer and a snap-on lid! "The perfect back-to-school gift!"

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Now Fully Funded AND Stretch Goal Met!

NEW COLOR ADDED!

By Popular Demand: 

We did it! We crushed the $55K Stretch Goal. A second color option (Kickstarter Green Special Edition) is now available. This color will ONLY be available to Kickstarter Backers and will never be available again!

How do I use it?   

Please, take a look at this wonderful instructional video we've made for you! 

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Safety Lock
Safety Lock

What can I use it for?

Cook, strain, eat, and store noodles
Cook, strain, eat, and store noodles
Rinse, serve, and store fruit
Rinse, serve, and store fruit
Cherry tomatoes!
Cherry tomatoes!
Great for making oatmeal
Great for making oatmeal
It even makes a great cereal bowl
It even makes a great cereal bowl

My story (Extended)

As a college student on a budget, I ate a lot of noodles. In fact, it's safe to say that I was on the "Ramen Noodles every day" diet. Every time that I prepared my noodles, I had to get out several different dishes (one for cooking, one for straining, one for eating, one for storing). This made for so many dirty dishes that I hardly had room to store in my dorm in the first place.

I found myself asking, "Why can't I do this all in one bowl?" That's when I had my "eureka" moment. I drew a sketch of my idea on a napkin and took it to a fellow student who happened to be studying product design engineering. It wasn't long before I had my first CAD model to 3D print my first 2 prototypes (see pictures below).

First CAD Model
First CAD Model
3D Printer in Action
3D Printer in Action
First 3D Print (small) (1st Generation Prototype)
First 3D Print (small) (1st Generation Prototype)
Larger 3D Print (2nd Generation Prototype)
Larger 3D Print (2nd Generation Prototype)

Once I had a physical representation of my dream bowl in my hands, I realized there were several flaws in the design. It was too small and too dangerous to use. The bottom of the bowl was designed to screw off to unplug the holes in the bottom and let any water in the bowl strain out. This motion put the user's hands too close to hot water coming out of the bowl.

I realized I was going to need to raise some money to move the design of the bowl forward. So, I entered an idea pitch competition at my school where I had 90 seconds to pitch my idea for cash prizes and placed 2nd!

Idea Pitch Competition 2nd Place
Idea Pitch Competition 2nd Place

I started entering more competitions and winning a some more cash prizes!

MWest Challenge 3rd Place
MWest Challenge 3rd Place
Green Light Business Model Competition 1st Place
Green Light Business Model Competition 1st Place

After raising some money, I was able to take my idea to an experienced industrial designer to help me perfect the design. The next (3rd) generation of prototypes was born shortly after.

3rd Generation CAD Model
3rd Generation CAD Model
3rd Generation Prototype
3rd Generation Prototype

This black prototype pictured above was much more functional than the previous prototype and had a handle for easy holding. However, I soon found that this prototype was awkwardly bulky and the handle was an easy breaking point. 

Using this information, my industrial designer eliminated the handle and updated the shape in the 4th generation prototype shown below.

4th Generation CAD Model
4th Generation CAD Model
4th Generation Prototype
4th Generation Prototype

 This model inspired the direction that I took for the final shape. It was about 80% water tight and was held together by a metal screw. My designer was able to use feedback received by the target market on this model to create the 5th generation of prototypes.

5th Generation CAD Model (Current)
5th Generation CAD Model (Current)
5th Generation Prototype (Not Painted)
5th Generation Prototype (Not Painted)
5th Generation Prototype
5th Generation Prototype

 As you can see, the bowl is no longer held together by a screw! This model is water tight, has a safety lock, and easily comes apart for cleaning.

I am currently looking to raise funding for tools for plastic injection molding so that I can bring the OneBowl to the world. This, my friends, is where you come in. I really hope you like the OneBowl and consider pre-ordering one for yourself today! Every dollar helps me out so much, thank you for looking!

Risks and challenges

Tooling Costs- This can be the biggest hurdle for anyone attempting to mass produce a plastic product. I am so excited to share this product on Kickstarter to help raise these funds

Product Development- I've been very privileged to work with a phenomenal industrial designer to bring my dream into fruition. We have worked through several iterations of the design and tested each one personally and with our target market. After five generations of prototypes, we feel confident that we've hit the nail on the head with our most recent design.

Full Time Student- During my time as a college student, I found my passion as an inventor. However, this did not mean I had any less assignments or responsibilities as a student! It was difficult to keep school first when I was working on progressing the OneBowl. Although, the OneBowl DID help to keep me well fed while studying for final exams.

Sourcing Manufacturing- It has been a great learning experience for me to start conversations with plastic injection molding companies. In order to decide which company is the best fit, I have consulted my trusted advisers, who I connected with during my years in college, who have extensive experience working with these companies.

Distribution- Fulfilling orders is an important piece that many choose to worry about later. This can be problematic if shipping costs are not anticipated and/or the living room you are storing product in is too small for how many orders you have to fill. I am excited to work with Twisted Root Marketing who has a warehouse and fulfillment center to ensure that all who pledge receive their OneBowl on time.

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