Having 3 young kids, popsicles are a popular summer treat in our house. When I came across a pinterest trick to slide a cupcake liner on a popsicle stick to catch the drips, I thought it was a great idea! Except, as the popsicle melted away, so did the cupcake liner. When I looked around stores and online for a better device I was surprised to find there weren't any! Unless I wanted to make my own popsicles (I didn't) or buy a big, bulky popsicle holder (also didn't) I was out of luck.
That's when I decided to design the Pop Drop. I wanted something small, safe and easy to use. When my husband and a couple of friends got in on the project the concept quickly became a testable prototype. When people suggested different, elaborate add-ons to the design I stuck to my original concept: simplicity! The Pop Drop is designed to make life a little easier on parents by saving time on post-popsicle scrub-downs and money on stained clothing.
Pop Drops will be made using an injection mold, which has a steep up-front cost, but can then produce volume at a low cost. If we meet our fundraising goal we can give the green-light on the manufacture of the mold and we'll be able to use a high quality material for the Pop Drop itself. (Because I know parents want it to be durable and dishwasher safe!)
I've found that the Pop Drop is the device I never knew I needed until I had it-my kids love using it! (And I love not having to scrub the drips from their arms!) With your continued support we'll be able to get Pop Drop into the hands of more moms out there and their kids!
The Design Process
The first sketch was rough, as you can see above, but it was enough to create our CAD from. From there, we had it 3D printed several times until we got the measurements just right. We then had a limited use mold made to get a working prototype.
Then the real test came...the kids! We've had 18 month old toddlers up to 10 year old kids test out the Pop Drop. Not only does it work, but it's added a little extra fun to eating ice pops.
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Risks and challenges
We anticipate things to go smoothly, but we understand set-backs can occur during the manufacturing stage of the process. We will need to make sure the mold tool is as precise as the prototype mold is, to insure that our stick opening fits snugly on the ice pop.
We hope to stay on schedule and deliver product on time but also realize that there can be delays we hadn't expected. We plan on keeping our contibutors up to date as we go through the whole process though!
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