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Old 06-12-2013, 10:11   #16
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Re: Dog bowl Product Design Project

Hi ,interesting project,I was crew on a delivery where the doggie bowls were used,not impressed but they did have some favorable characteristics.
1 wide base with rubber rim that prevented sliding.
2 steep sides that should prevent sloshing except sides were angled rather than vertical so contents still sloshed out.
3 easy to clean
4 stackable
5 unbreakable
6 simple
But they were too small to hold the hearty meal that was needed in cold and boisterous conditions and the thin metal bowl lost heat so rapidly that the contents were cold before poor Jack could pull out his spork. If you do not know what a spork is , go to a quality camping store and look at their offerings,many good ideas there that will work on boats and are interesting from a design standpoint.
I have on my boat a series on bowls that have been with me thru many years that have all the characteristics suggested above and are still available thru West marine. I do favor your ideas regarding a lid or cover to keep all inside and warm and in place while poor Jack interrupts his long awaited repast to attend to a flogging sail or some such.

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Old 06-12-2013, 15:46   #17
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Re: Dog bowl Product Design Project

Something else to consider: boats have small storage spaces. Glasses, mugs, and bowls have to "nest" to promote high density packing. Your design should also incorporate some form of non-skid, because in a seaway, the table surface may be moving at varying angles, and something slippery can accelerate quickly to the edge of the table, and if the fiddles don't stop it, it'll keep on going.


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Old 10-12-2013, 14:15   #18
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Re: Dog bowl Product Design Project

I got one last year at bedbathandbeyond that goes everywhere we go. Collapsible, firm, plastic, difficult to move around the floor to lick all the crumbs out, difficult to knockover

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