Bending & Breaking ice cream dish scoops in various failure modes.
This fun project was creatively discovering the limitations of the product. How much handle torque (twist) before it breaks from the scoop region? How hard can you pull on the handle before separation? How strong is the bowl portion of the scoop? How much force is required to separate the plastic handle from the metal scoop? What failure mode does the gear exhibit under heavy load? This critical data is compared among multiple products and design revisions to objectively measure design improvement.
Boiling and coating durability testing
Severe environmental testing was conducted on the product coating of ice cream scoops. This innovative scoop also contains an internal heat transfer fluid where body heat is used to aid in the product’s application. Several scoop designs were exercised through extreme cold, hot, pressure, and common household chemicals to measure the long-term durability. An interesting test is attaching a hydraulic hose with a pressure gauge to the side of an ice cream scoop.