LIDDIY: Remodeling Water Bottle Lids to Improve Its Usage and Maintenance
Authors: Alma Maria Jenifer Gutierrez
Abstract: This study evaluated the current design of water bottle lids concerning ease of use and leakage preventive measures. Naturalistic observations, empathy map, and needs analysis were pursued to ensure that the proposed design would align with the users' needs and wants. It can be observed that there are only two main types of lids: twist-to-open and pull-to-open lids, available in the current market, and both types can be difficult to open, especially for elders. The first house of quality (HOQ1) was utilized to translate the customer needs to the technical requirements, which will be incorporated into the design of the product while HOQ2 was used to generate the initial design. Various design alternatives were also generated and passed through a concept scoring matrix. 3D fabrication was also utilized to create a prototype of the design. The product concept was able to fulfill the customer requirements identified: ease of use, ease of cleaning, convenience, and leakage-free. However, certain challenges were encountered during the prototype testing due to material constraints. Recommendations for improvement to better assess the product include utilizing a different fabrication method as well as a food-grade silicone gasket.
Keywords: Product Design, Lids, Water Bottle Lids, Easy to use lids
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