Product Development – Paint Rings – No More Paint Dripping

Product Development – Paint Rings – No More Paint Dripping

Client

Tadpole, a company based in Shreveport, LA that develops new products for painting, shipping, and moving. Their flagship product, Tadpole Tape Cutter is being sold in major retail stores such as Ace Hardware, Walmart, as well as Grommet.

Challenge

Our initial challenge was to convert Tadpole’s vision of the invention from a sketch into a concept design. The paint rings catch paint dripping from cans of paint to keep the floors clean. The ring had to be simple to use and easy to manufacture. We went through multiple designs and a dozen more tweaks to make the Paint Ring’s design perfect. Before we even moved to the next step – prototyping.  Tadpole wanted us to create a fully functioning prototype they can test out in the field. One of our challenges was to select a proper material with enough elasticity and resiliency. To ensure the rings would survive a long day of painting and maintain their shape upon interaction with the paint.

Solution

By creating several 3D models, we were able to finalize the design to proceed towards the prototyping phase. We 3D printed several prototypes in different materials. Such as TPE and TPU to ensure they will endure the wear and tear. As well as be flexible enough to accommodate paint cans made of different materials. We also have created two different sized paint rings that fit both quart and gallon-sized paint cans. At the final stage, we have added logo graphics to the Paint Ring to make this product easy to identify. We also optimized the design for plastic injection molding.

The Result

Tadpole has presented the finalized versions of the prototypes at several trade shows where the company received positive feedback. The Paint Ring has now been transferred to a manufacturer that is going to launch the production shortly. To be notified when this product is available for purchase click this link ->.

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