Thomas Potter

Thomas Potter

Product Design Engineering BSc

Commercialisation of the CryoMixer

The liquid nitrogen ice cream machine, as used by Custom Creams, required various aspects of its design to be evaluated and re-imagined. The mechanical performance and assembly of the lower half of the Cryomixer needed to be improved. The drive system of the machine associated with rotating the cup holder during ice cream production was developed first, ensuring the lowest possible cross-sectional height to reduce work area intrusion. Working prototypes were tested with the existing top half of the machine to produce ice cream. The same quality of ice cream was produced, but with a far improved, completely watertight barrier, preventing any ingress of foodstuffs into the mechanical component area, with efficient and swifter cleaning. Other components were developed and prototyped within an entire assembly to realise all component detailing and positioning within the new housing parameters. The completion of these tasks resulted in a more mechanically sound machine that allows for easier assembly and disassembly, improved insulation properties, much greater ease of transport, vastly improved efficiency of cleaning and, as such, greater potential for commercial expansion.