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Cat Litter Scoop Engineering Design for Manufacturing

Requirement: Our client wants to develop a cat litter scoop whose shovel is made of degradable corn starch and the handle is made of durable pp or ABS. After a period of use, the shovel could be discarded without polluting the environment. We need to make a structure to connect the shovel to the handle and easily disengage it with one click.

Start From Sketching

Communicate with our client by sketching. discover a more likely approach, before CAD design. Sometimes our client shows us pictures, sketches, or samples.

CAD Models of the Two Connection Methods Pros and Cons

Connection method 1 of the handle and shovel

The round tube link method can hide the structural details in the tube, and the appearance is more concise, but the volume of the shovel head will be larger, and the mold cost will higher

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Connection method 2 of the handle and shovel

The buckle structure is the opposite, the structure is exposed, but the volume is smaller, and for consumables, it can better save the packaging size and production cost.

Engineering Detail Design

Finally, our client selected the tube methods, then we finished the engineering details design

Cat litter scoop engineering design
Cat litter scoop engineering design
Cat litter scoop prototype parts

Test the Prototype and Optimize the Engineering Design

Prototyping without color, it’s used to test the function of the connection methods. Prototyping without color, it’s used to test the function of the connection methods. After two times of prototyping, we finished the production prototype. It’s time for molding and tooling design.

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