What We’ve Built

Can Strainer for Tuna Press. Product design and Prototyping

Client

Richard Todd Slavant, an inventor and an entrepreneur.

Challenge

To improve the convenience and the speed of the process of tuna water drainage through designing a new product.

Solution

The previous approach to draining water from canned tuna included cutting out the bottom of the can, flipping it upside down, and allowing it to stay inside a tuna press machine for about 40 minutes. The process was not time-efficient and often didn’t result in the desired level of tuna dryness. We kept the general procedure of tuna pressing the same but worked on the improvement of the container. We introduced evenly spaced hexagonal holes, a removable bottom, a handle, and some other features for increasing the convenience using the cup. After creating the first concept we 3D printed it and tested its functionality. Based on the results of the testing the design was revised several times until a current version of the product was achieved.

The Result

Through brainstorming and iteration of product design and prototyping the Team converted an idea into a 100% functional prototype. Our work allowed to file a provisional patent application and to start the marketing and the fundraising campaigns for the product. For pre-order info contact LA NPDT or email tslavant@gmail.com.

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