3D Technology Design for ADA Compliant Cover Trap
Oatey Company provides reliable, high-quality products for the residential and commercial plumbing industries. Today, Oatey operates a comprehensive manufacturing and distribution network to supply more than 6,000 products for professional builders, contractors, engineers and do-it-yourself consumers around the world. All Oatey products and brands are backed with the highest-quality technical and customer support programs in the industry. They strive to build trust and improve lives through the products that they make.
Oatey Company approached Occam Technology Group to develop an ADA compliant Cover Trap Design that protects wheelchair users from the dangers of under sink surfaces and prevents the user from burns, scrapes, scratches and other injuries caused by the plumbing. Once we had a great design, we wanted to develop a small batch of prototype parts for testing. Our 3D printing technology allowed us to print the molds out of ABS plastic and use them to create silicone foam parts. This was a low cost prototype method that allowed us to develop and test several closure methods without the high cost of product tooling.
Compared with competitors our ADA compliant cover design is much more efficient with an installation time that is 33% faster than other designs. Not only is our design faster to install but it’s also easy to install using a 180 degree opening that makes installation simple, and by using EVA foam material, the only tool needed to cut the material is a pair of scissors. Although performance is a main concern we made sure to create a product that is not only efficient but also aesthetically pleasing. Unlike most cover trap designs, ours does not require any secondary fasteners such as duck tape and zip ties. Our design also keeps the shape of the lavatory tubular for a neat and clean design.