Snap and dine

Craft & Design
Snap and dine


This dinner set is made from a mold much in the same way model car parts are. It has all the utensils and a plate for a fancy meal, and has decorative elements not usually found in plastic cutlery. Clearly product designer Demelza Hill has some fancy picnics. Via Cool Hunting.

12 thoughts on “Snap and dine

  1. BigD145 says:

    Disposable? I call that garbage. Garbage that shouldn’t be made in the first place. These things are mass produced, so where’s the ‘make’ aspect? It’s even got nastier edges on it than regular old plastic cutlery.

    Someone even said, “This product is fun and interactive whilst raising the standards of current eating on the go habits.” right below a picture of fish and chips. Somehow I doubt the fancy plate magically whisks away the grease.

  2. RDAC says:

    I get riled up just as much as the rest of the internet nerdery when the bloggers seem to get their Make/Craft wires crossed, but I came to realize:

    Sometimes it’s just inspiration.

    In this case, I could see it easily as a Re:Make utilizing Ponoko to make some awesome, reusable, laser-cut wooden feasting gear for my SCA friends.

    Also, I see this as great design. This solves several problems. For caterers, it allows them to order for exactly the number of placements they need, and includes items typically forgotten in the handy cutlery packs. Ordering for need without excess = minimizing waste impact, which is good.

    Since they’re mold-injected, they stack well and make transport a breeze.

    Plus, this would be a huge time saver when feeding a crowd…don’t have to worry about assembly of said cutlery, everything’s there.

    The whole twist-n-serve deal really speaks to my inner Maker as well. I don’t know about you, but I spent most of my young days making model kits, and this brings back a lot of those good feelings bubbling to the surface.

    Finally, the design could be improved on. I’d reinforce the outside area and around the plate so that the user could grip it more like a tray during serving, maybe even going as far as having the plate interlock into the tray, so that less force would be required to detach it once you hit the table. Basically, the plate has a clip lock design that would rest snugly into a center ring and lock in. Once you got to your destination, press down on the release points, the tray lowers to the table surface, allowing you to pick up your plate and start assembling your setting.

    Overall, not bad.

  3. hojo says:

    too many forks, not enough plate.

    Also, seems like a lot of waste in the sprue.

  4. RDAC says:

    You’re right, hojo…keen eye, didn’t notice that before.

    It’s got the standard lineup…dinner fork, salad fork, dessert fork, spoon, knife, butter knife…but why have a dessert fork if you don’t include a dessert plate!

    Plus, with the butter knife present, I’d opt for a more serrated blade on the main knife. That would really make this product stand out if it had a decent steak knife with a end that means business.

    There’s probably some homeland security law that prevents all plastic knifes from being useful or something…

  5. Greg Kluck says:

    Can’t you enviro-ninnies ever just see the coolness in a product? As a model car builder, I find this very awesome indeed. As is, it makes a nice artistic statement as well.

  6. hojo says:

    Yeah, all you stupid environmental ninnies with your concern for the earth. There’s no one lamer than someone who doesn’t want to poop in their own fishbowl… … no wait… :-) Actually, I do kind of think it’s cool because I too enjoy building models, but once you get past the first impression, it’s kinda poorly thought out.

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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