Cardboard box opener

Project  / Project number: 07/794 2009  /  Status:


The challenge

Cardboard box openerThis client struggled to open food packaging. He was unable to manipulate scissors and had a tremor in his arms that affected the fine motor movements needed to open packets.

A large handled tool to peel back lids and pierce through cardboard and packaging was suggested. No device will open everything and the client could not do anything that is too intricate.

A device was made which can cut slots along the edges of cereal type packets, when sufficient ‘push’ is applied to it in a downward and forward direction. A standard hooked cutter blade made to fit a Stanley knife was incorporated with instructions of how to replace this readily available part.

The client can now open a number of packets in the kitchen, eg cereal and pasta without relying on someone else all the time.