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Monday, 03 August 2015

CPUT Innovation: The Braai Tool

CLEVER DESIGN: The Braai Tool is a multifunctional braai utensil that incorporates five key braai utensils into one highly sleek product. CLEVER DESIGN: The Braai Tool is a multifunctional braai utensil that incorporates five key braai utensils into one highly sleek product.

Braaiing is practically a national past time in South Africa so anything which makes the job easier is set to be a sure fire success.

The Braai Tool (TBT) is a multifunctional braai utensil that incorporates five key braai utensils into one highly sleek product.

This handcrafted tool started out at as a fourth year Industrial Design project by Alejandra Olivera, Salmon Nortje, Stehan Botha and Sebastian Bosman.

“TBT was our entry into the now well established 5K Project which see groups of BTech students design, prototype, manufacture, market and sell a product of their creation with the goal of achieving a minimum net profit of R5 000,00. Hence the name, The 5K Project,” says Bosman.

What the group never imagined was that their product would prove such a success and that its magnetic hinge and groove system would be patented.

The special system is the magic of TBT, allowing users to break the device into two elements, which can be used as a knife, fork, spatula and bottle opener. When combined, the magnetic hinge and groove system mimics the action of a tensioned spring.

The product is manufactured locally from sustainably sourced materials and is weather and fire resistant.

img-CPUT-Innovation-The-Braai-Tool-2VERSATILE: The special system is the magic of TBT, allowing users to break the device into two elements, which can be used as a knife, fork, spatula and bottle opener

Sebastian says the product is the perfect gift for the discerning braai master.

“TBT encapsulates the essence of why South Africans love to braai,” he says.

For more information or to purchase the product see: www.thebraaitool.co.za

The product will be on show at the CPUT Innovation Showcase, which takes place on Thursday, 6 August 2015 in the Major Sports Hall at the Bellville Campus from 11am – 8pm. Entry is free.

For more information on the Innovation Showcase, contact   Chris Lombard, +27 21 9595871, lombardc@cput.ac.za or Nompahelo Ndindwa, +27 21 959 6044, Ndindwan@cput.ac.za

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Written by Candes Keating

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Email: keatingc@cput.ac.za

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