College - Author 1

College of Engineering

Department - Author 1

Mechanical Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Mechanical Engineering

College - Author 2

College of Engineering

Department - Author 2

Mechanical Engineering Department

Degree - Author 2

BS in Mechanical Engineering

College - Author 3

College of Engineering

Department - Author 3

Mechanical Engineering Department

Degree - Author 3

BS in Mechanical Engineering

College - Author 4

College of Engineering

Department - Author 4

Mechanical Engineering Department

Degree - Author 4

BS in Mechanical Engineering

Date

12-2022

Primary Advisor

Eileen Rossman, College of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Department

Abstract/Summary

Cool Beans USA is a novelty ice cream startup company founded by Keith Zachow. In the winter of 2022, our team began working with Mr. Zachow to develop a machine to automate parts of the production process for his product. This product consists of two hemispherical ice-cream cone shell halves filled with soft serve ice cream and pressed together. The assembled pods are around the size and shape of a small walnut and are intended to be sold in stores as a frozen finger food. At the time of project inception, this product was in its early stages and was being assembled in small batches by hand. Our team’s task was to design and manufacture a machine that would pick up two shells, orient them appropriately such that they could be filled with soft serve ice cream, join them cleanly together, and deposit them into a freezer while meeting increased throughput and food safety requirements. Over nine months our team brainstormed and prototyped designs. This project culminated in the manufacture our final prototype assembly machine. In November of 2022, we delivered our completed machine to Mr. Zachow. The final prototype can join shells as intended and can be operated via a simple graphic user interface. We hope that this machine will remove the production bottleneck of joining shells and allow Cool Beans USA to increase their production and sell their product in stores.

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