FinaMill, Smart Kitchen Mill Grind with Spice Pods by Alex Liu

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
FinaMill, Smart Kitchen Mill

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Grind with Spice Pods

INSPIRATION:
Years ago, I wanted to correct the flaws of an imperfect spice mill, flaws so deep they had become the norm, and then build from the ground up a brand new mill nobody had ever seen. A defense against the cross-contamination of flavors. A quicker, more efficient way of changing spices. Single-handed operation. These features were unheard of within the spice grinding industry. The key to our invention came one day when I was working my power tool, and I knew my answer is: interchangeable pod.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
FinaMill is a powerful kitchen mill with interchangeable and refillable spice pods. FinaMill is the easy way to elevate your cooking with the bold flavor of freshly ground spices. Just fill the reusable pods with dried spices or herbs, snap a pod in place, and grind the exact amount of spice you need with the push of a button. Switching to another spice is easy, press FinaMill down to release the pod, and press down again to engage with another pod. It is the one grinder for all your spices.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Fill a FinaPods with your favorite spices, bring the FinaMill above the pod and press down to click it into position. Press the button and the electric motor grinds your spices. Press the pod down against your surface again to release. Then repeat the process for the next pod: select click grind savor. This is a big improvement over traditional electric mills as they must be dedicated to one spice alone. If it is filled with pepper, it is a forever pepper mill. FinaMill and FinaPods allow you to have any number of spice pods to use with just one mill.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started over 10 years ago as an idea, and was tinkered with off and on until March 2019. At that time, full dedication was put into the product as a few technical hurtles were finally surmounted.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Electric mills existed for years but failed to extend the benefits beyond milling pepper and salt. The reason is that most come with a tiny cup that is difficult to fill and, there is no way to overcome the cross contamination problem. Our interchangeable pod solves that problem, one spice one pod. Once we extend the usefulness of FinaMill beyond pepper and salt, we developed a quick release mechanism so a user can swap spice pod single handedly, while leaving the other hand to cook.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
FinaMill is 85x85x220mm, power by 3 AA batteries or recharge by mini USB. Our goal is to create an efficient electric mill so the users can grind many pods of spice with just a set of fresh batteries. For example, 3 AA batteries our FinaMill grinds over 1 Kg of Salt. Reliability is another area of our concerns, FinaMill has circuitry to protect the motor and gearbox, so it provides years of reliable service. Our quick release mechanism can engage and disengage the pods over 250,000 times.m

TAGS:
Kitchen, cooking, food, mill, grinder, pod, spice, spice mill, spice grinder

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Our focuses were in reliability, efficiency and functionalities. Robotic arms were used to determine the life expectancy of the button and quick release. We analyze sound wave during operation to find abnormally in our motors and gearboxes. We measure current loading and heat spots to identify inefficiency. We have developed 6 different pods to find 6 different characteristics of spice.

CHALLENGE:
The biggest challenge was finding a way to make the two rotating pieces work together in harmony. The mill has to turn the pod, and the pod must also be secured firmly into the mill. The mechanical energy must transfer well in order to grind hard materials.

ADDED DATE:
2019-11-07 23:53:07

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Alex Liu and Steven Liu

IMAGE CREDITS:
Alex Liu, 2019.

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Patent no. PTC/CN2019/107332

Visit the following page to learn more: http://shopfinamill.com/
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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Elemex Limited

PROFILE:
Elemex brings together a depth of knowledge they have acquired from design and production and incorporates it with marketing, finally apply this knowledge into every project. Whether the task is to turn an idea into reality or ensuring sourcing products that have met the quality standards and hit the shelf before the reset date, Elemex is a trusted alliance in the manufacturing world.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Finamill, Smart Kitchen Mill Grind With Spice Pods by Alex Liu is a Nominee in Bakeware, Tableware, Drinkware and Cookware Design Category.

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Finamill, Smart Kitchen Mill Grind With Spice Pods by Alex Liu is Winner in Bakeware, Tableware, Drinkware and Cookware Design Category, 2019 - 2020.



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