Spice Grinder Conversion

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  • Infinite Collective worked with Boulette's Larder, a local farm-to-table eatery in San Francisco known for sustainable practices, to help turn an existing appliance into a high volume spice grinder.  This allowed them to efficiently offer a new line of spices, without the need to purchase new electronic equipment.  
  • We developed a concept that would turn a Robot Coupe, a common appliance found in commercial kitchens, into a spice grinder by replacing the blade with a new style of blade and bearing assembly.
  • Blades and other parts of the assembly were moddled in 3D CAD and 3D printed in stainless steel.
  • The 3D printed stainless steel was sharpened and could be used immediately to test the concept.
  • The blades worked well, but the speed of the Robot Coupe was too slow to effieciently grind the spices.
  • Ultimately, we boiled the solution down to one small 3D printed stainless steel part that was used to adapt a orphaned, yet working, top half of an Indian spice grinder with the bottom half of a Vitamix blender.  The result is one very high powered and efficient spice grinder, eliminating the need for a new piece of equipment.