Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-4-2020

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Center for Manufacturing Excellence

First Advisor

Scott Kilpatrick

Second Advisor

Jody Holland

Third Advisor

Rick Hollander

Relational Format



The purpose of this document is to summarize the research and planning, design, market evaluation, cost analysis, and production process for a kitchen knife block. The team began by researching multiple knife block designs and evaluating what strengths and weaknesses existed with the basic models that are currently offered in different marketplaces. After collecting data on material costs and discussing different design features, the team created a survey in order to gauge consumer preferences and gain a better understanding as to what features and price point the average customer would consider purchasing. The resulting information was used to create an initial product design that would evolve throughout the prototyping phase. Once the product design was finalized, the team generated a cost estimate for manufacturing the product and established a production process that featured a factory floor layout and a conceptual workflow chart to guide production. However, complications resulting from the COVID-19 global pandemic interrupted plans for product production and the inability to utilize Center for Manufacturing Excellence facilities and tools eliminated the possibility of conducting an actual production run. Regardless, the team still focused on improving the product and its manufacturing process by creating a detailed standardized workflow chart along with an improvement log.



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