Vertical Lever Corkscrew
Client: OXO (USA) / Involved in Engineering and Development. Design: Smart Design
Cover Image: Kevin Dooley (Flickr: pagedooley) Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)
OXO, an american company dedicated to providing innovative consumer products that make everyday living easier. OXO studies people—lefties and righties, male and female, young and old—interacting with products and then identify opportunities for meaningful improvement. OXO was founded on the philosophy of Universal Design, which means the design of products usable by as many people as possible. Today, OXO offers 1,000+ products covering many areas of the home, all created based on this principle. The company has been recognized globally as an example of how a well-executed Universal Design philosophy not only creates products that are beneficial to end users but is also a sensible business model.
This project was a bit different challenge from other projects I was involved on. Smart Design had already developed the research and design of the product. This project was mostly engineering, and became my first pure engineering project ever. My job consisted in proposing the development and manufacturing of the corkscrew (worked on 3D CAD, controlling tolerances and clearances, also making a lot of tests and talking to the leaders from both companies). Other engineers from Smart and OXO had already been working on the product's engineering for almost one year and a half.
The Corkscrew removes corks smoothly and quickly with two motions. It is composed by a die-cast zinc handle with soft, non-slip grips that provides leverage for comfortable use, and a non-stick screw that glides easily into cork. The cork releases from the Corkscrew with a simple pump of the lever.
The removable foil cutter stores on the Corkscrew for quick access and convenient storage.