Intern Update – Kitchen Set Prototypes

THEY’RE BACK!!  Prototypes of the Kitchen Set (Cooking Utensils Rest, Eating Utensils Rest, and Dish Towel Holder) from my last blog are back from the water jet cutting facility.

The prototypes were made using 3/16″ Aluminum and 1/8″ ABS Plastic.

Here is a look at the Cooking Utensils Rest and Eating Utensils Rest in Aluminum and in Plastic:


This picture shows the thickness comparison of the two materials:

3/16″ Aluminum vs. 1/8″ Black ABS Plastic


The aluminum Kitchen Rest Set:
3/16″ thickness aluminum


The plastic Kitchen Rest Set:
1/8″ thickness Black ABS Plastic


Let’s put them to use!  In this configuration, campers can keep their utensils on the picnic table:


ALUMINUM Set on the table:






PLASTIC Set on the table:





Another option is to hang them from a carabiner:


Hanging Option

Front View of the Plastic Set, Hanging:


Rear View of the Plastic Set, Hanging:




 Observations of the Utensils Rests:

My observations of the 3/8″ Aluminum Utensils Rests:

Pros:  rugged look, feels like a quality product, durable

Cons:  rather heavy, limited color options

Recommendations:  I would like to see this material in a thinner version.


My observations of the 1/8″ Plastic Utensils Rests:

Pros:  lightweight, cheaper production, multiple colors

Cons:  thin features (on handle) could break

Recommendations:  If this material was used, it would need to be textured on both sides to look and feel like a finished, quality product.


Now let’s take a look at the Dish Towel Holders:

As I wrote in my previous blog, I had designed three different versions of the Dish Towel Holder.  We created prototypes of all three versions, and here they are, also in 3/16″ Aluminum and 1/8″ ABS Plastic.

Option A:

Option A in Aluminum and ABS Plastic

Option B:

Option B in Aluminum and ABS Plastic

Option C:

Option C in Aluminum and ABS Plastic


The Dish Towel Holders in Use:

Option A in Plastic and Aluminum:

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Option B and C in Aluminum:


Option B and C in Plastic:



Observations of the Dish Towel Holders:

In my personal opinion, Option A is not as aesthetically pleasing as Options B and C.  I have decided that Option B and Option C would make a great pair, since they are the same overall shape, but offer slightly different functions.  Either of these options could extend well beyond the kitchen aspect of camping by hanging other items that would otherwise be taking up valuable surface space.   The teeth on Option B could be used for any fabric item such as a beach towel or wet bathing suits.  The hooks on Option C could be used for things such as a flashlight or keys.

Next steps:

I will be visiting the water jet cutting facility to explore some other options for materials and thickness of the materials.  I have also decided to decrease the height of the Eating Utensils rest, since there is a lot of extra material in the gaps between the smaller silverware.  The Cooking Utensils Rest will stay the same size.

If you have any opinions or questions, feel free to leave me a comment, and thanks for reading!


Intern Update – Rachael Hughes

Hello Montie Design community!  I am Rachael Hughes, a design/drafting intern here at Montie Design since January 2013.  I am currently a senior at North Carolina State University in Technology, Engineering, and Design Education with a concentration in Graphic Communications.

My most recent project at Montie Design grew from a challenge from Montie to design a product for family car camping.


The Concept:

I decided to design a product or products that would keep your utensils from setting on the surfaces typical to camping, such as the picnic table or the top of your cooler.  (The current design is at the bottom of this blog.)


The Design Process:

The first design was a simple, flat product that could be hung up and held cooking utensils, eating utensils, and dish towels.  To hold a dishtowel, a slot could be used, but then the moisture from one towel could be transferred to the other, so I instead used a keyhole design, so that the corner of the towel could be inserted into the larger end and pinched tightly into the smaller end of the keyhole.

Version 1:

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Version 1 Prototype:



The prototype for this version proved to be very crowded when all functions were used, so I went back to the drawing board (in my case, SolidWorks) and began to redesign.  To alleviate the issue of crowdedness, I decided to break the product down into three pieces.


Version 2:

Cooking Utensils Rest:



Eating Utensils Rest:


Dish Towel Hanger:


The Cooking and Eating Utensils Rest idea developed into a design that could be used by hanging from a carabiner or at the picnic table like the prototypes show.

Version 2 Prototypes:

Cooking Utensils Rest:




Eating Utensils Rest:



Dish Towel Holder:



During testing these prototypes, I was able to make sure that this design could also hang from a carabiner and still efficiently hold the silverware as well.

It was during this phase that I also developed an idea for a Paper Towel Holder.

Version 2 Add-On:

Paper Towel Holder:


Using the same shape as the Dish Towel Holder, a wire could be permanently connected at one corner, ran through the paper towel roll, guided through a small notch for  stability, and a loop on the end could attach right to the carabiner.


Version 2 Add-On Prototype:




The four items comprised The Clean Kitchen Set, Version 2:




The Current Design:

After consideration, the this specific Paper Towel Holder has been excluded from the set because ideation sessions with Montie yielded a completely different configuration to be pursued at a later date.  The Cooking Utensils Rest, the Eating Utensils Rest, and the Dish Towel Holder, however, have continued to develop.  The design of the Cooking Utensils Rest and the Eating Utensils Rest are as follows:






The final design of the Dish Towel Holder has not yet been decided on, but here are the  three contenders:

Option A:


DT-A Drawing

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DT-A Proto


Option B:


DT-B Drawing


Option C:


DT-C Drawing

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DT-C Proto

(If you have any suggestions, or preferences, please feel free to leave a comment for me!)


Current Status:

The Cooking Utensils Rest, Eating Utensils Rest, and all three possible versions of the Dish Towel Holder are currently being cut at a water jet cutting facility nearby.  We are testing these designs in both aluminum and ABS plastic.  I will update soon with pictures of the prototypes when we receive them.