Design a gasket for our existing refrigerator storage items (2cup, 5cup & 12cup) to eliminate glass on glass contact.
Gasket should be oven & microwave safe.
Make sure the gasket doesn’t provide a place for food to get stuck and bacteria to grow, so it needs to be able to be thoroughly cleaned.
Make sure the gasket doesn’t prohibit the lid from fitting.
+The most important aspect of this project to me, was ease of use. I wanted it to be easy for people with arthritic hands or limited mobility to use this product.
+I also wanted to ensure that the amount of material was as minimal as possible to keep the price down.
+It was crucial to me that we still offer our existing product without the new design as well. The last thing I wanted was for my design to turn our strictly glass only consumers away.
+We went through countless iterations of this project. Various durometers of the material were tested for just the right fit and user functionality. We explored various contours that fit against the glass, the very first test was as simple as putting a rubber band around the glass to explore flexibility needs.
Should it fit like a rubber band?
Should it make a graphic statement?
Should it cover the entire lid?
1. Minimal material use, consumers love that they can see their food through the glass.
2. Less material = greener product/process.
3. It has to be removable, so consumers can toss it into the dish washer separately if they wish.
What if it is rigid? We could place three tabs on the top perimeter, so the glass lid can slide in, snap in place.
1. Poor material strength under pressure, could break off the tabs.
2. Not as easy to remove for the consumer, frustrating.
The answer is simple.
Create a contoured silicone band that fits snug against the glass lids.
Material must be thin enough to fit between the lid and existing glass vessel.