The 12 Best Designs From 2009's International Plastics Design Competition
7. Best Lawn & Garden Agriculture Award: John Deere Seed Tube
The John Deere Seed Tube is deceptively simple looking, but apparently there were many creative and innovative mold making and molding steps that had to be taken to make it work. If you are a mold maker or an injection molder, the details should interest you.
8. Best Retail Award: Target All Plastic Shopping Cart
It looks familiar but it's not the same, is it? Target substituted the metal handle and rims with plastic, and achieved a distinctive look with better handling, lighter weight, and less destructive corners. The casters even look like they were moved back so perhaps they won't run over one's toes. The plastic shopping carts require less maintenance, are lighter to ship, and expected to last longer. There's a safer, more durable safety seat too, for kids.
9. Judges' Best Award: Thermoset Food Service Platter
There are many things which can be learned only by working or living in a specific environment; otherwise there may not be a motivation to learn. "Fajita problems" are one of those things. If you don't work in a restaurant that serves fajitas in the traditional Mexican fashion, à la hot iron skillet with plywood under-liner, then you would not know about the problems with this method of service: plywood does not protect the underlying table from the heat, it does nothing to retain the heat of the skillet, and it can even burn the server.
Keith Nybakke of Nuhill Technologies Inc. designed Hot Solutions as a service food tray to eliminate fajita problems. Using a thermoset plastic, actually two different BMC materials molded simultaneously, Hot Solutions keeps server and patron safely away from the skillet, looses less heat, and prevents damage to table surfaces. I'd say that is a hot solution!