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Inventor: Leonard L Hierath, Mechanical Engineer, Product Developer
About the Invention Process
The problem to be solved Everyone knows that most traditional soap dishes fail to keep a bar soap dry. Some dishes allow the soap to soften in a pond of water. Others include ridges, grooves and drain holes which help somewhat. Often, these features clog or collect the softened soap, wasting the soft soap and leaving the dish difficult to clean.
In our home, we tested a grooved block support for a soap bar. It soon began to clog with soft soap and it could only be fully cleaned by using a brush.
One small square ceramic soap dish we had did a fair job of supporting the soap bar. Keying off of that shape, I set out to improve on the shape.
Ancient to modern methods I borrowed some modeling clay from my son-in-law’s sculpture supplies. Soon, I had shaped a model which would support the soap bar on four points and allow soap to shed its water into a reservoir beneath the bar. I was on my way toward a better soap dish design!
Here is where the modern methods kicked-in. With 3D computer modeling software, I soon had a model ready for 3D printing plastic dishes. Quickly, the design progressed through three changes, with plastic models 3D printed after each change. Now, I was ready to seek a quality glazed ceramic supplier in the USA.
I selected a firm known for their high quality glazed ceramic dinnerware: HF Coors, Tucson, AZ. They informed me that ceramics shrink 12% when the clay is fired, so I needed a 3D model which was larger. That was easy to accomplish with the modeling software, simply by scaling the model 12% larger with a few keystrokes.
Len is a Mechanical Engineer and 'farm boy'. His work has always been designing and developing products. His childhood experience was repairing machinery on a farm in North Dakota. He says "We had to create fixes because the replacement parts stores were 50 to 100 miles away, via poor roads".
Carrie has a degree in Journalism (advertising specialty.) Her second career was teaching reading in a computer lab in secondary schools. She is 'city girl' raised in St. Louis, Missouri. For our Company she is the Managing Partner, bookkeeper, content editor and for production of some products, and even a drill press operator. Proud of it, too!
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