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Sep
29
2010

Boldly going where no prototype has gone before

Enterprise prototypes

Our Star Trek Enterprise Pizza Cutter has gotten a lot of internet love in the last week. We thought it'd be fun to reminisce about its humble beginnings through the evolution of its prototypes. Custom products like this don't just pop out of the replicator, you know.


Prototype v1, October 2009

paper and cardboard, by Hans

Enterprise prototypes

Like many silly ideas tossed out at lunch, in meetings, or while playing Dead Rising, "You know what the world needs? An Enterprise Pizza Cutter," was met with silence. But it wasn't long before the idea sunk into the collective GeekLabs consciousness and this first paper prototype was born.


Prototype v2, November 2009

batteries, plastic spoon, LEGOs, a keyring, tape, and cardboard

Enterprise prototypes

After having played with the first prototype and realizing that grasping one nacelle while bearing down on a pizza would probably put too much stress on the frame, this newer, more narrow prototype was built--out of batteries, LEGOs, a keyring, and a plastic spork. (Willy, our GeekLabs prototyper extraordinaire, thinks outside the box.) With this cutter, you could grasp both nacelles for extra stability though we did have to fudge the dimensions of the Enterprise to get there.


CAD 3d shaded view, December 2009

Enterprise prototypes

Here we see detail introduced on the nacelles, saucer, and along the hull. Shiny!


Final spec, May 2010

sent to manufacturers

Enterprise prototypes

These are the final specs we sent to our manufacturers for machining, showing the final body shape, positioning of "NCC-1701," and how the blade is assembled. We're so close we can smell the ozone!


Finished product, September 2010

now on sale

Enterprise prototypes

Finally, almost an entire year later, the Star Trek Enterprise Pizza Cutter is a reality. The only question is... Millenium Falcon salad tongs, anyone? No? Maybe some ideas are best left unprototyped.


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Comments

meaningless icon! should have been Star Wars!
monkeypoop said this 1482 days ago.
meaningless icon! Love it! I may just have to get one of those for my Trekie brother for Christmas.......
geeklordmom said this 1482 days ago.
meaningless icon! Beautiful and awe-inspiring!
Zing said this 1482 days ago.
meaningless icon! according to UPS tracking, mine should be arriving today... first on my block...
ozzgod said this 1482 days ago.
meaningless icon! according to UPS tracking, mine should be arriving today... first on my block...
ozzgod said this 1482 days ago.
meaningless icon! I just bought one of these, can't wait to see the final product. Plus seeing prototypes is awesome!
Kelvington said this 1482 days ago.
meaningless icon! ours arrived yesterday and we ordered pizza just so we could use it. i may only be able to eat circle shaped foods that require slicing from now on...brilliant!
zerph said this 1482 days ago.
meaningless icon! I already got one for a friend for Christmas!!
Kim-Anon said this 1482 days ago.
meaningless icon! Y'know, about the millenium falcon thing.... you could make corn-holders with 2 milleniums...
Kherzhul said this 1482 days ago.
meaningless icon! 1. awsome 2. Thinkgeek in AOTS! They showed the staypuft marshmellows, pure awsome.
geek3000 said this 1482 days ago.
meaningless icon! I would buy 10.
Supernerd12 said this 1482 days ago.
meaningless icon! I'm surprised that a CD wasn't used for the pizza cutting part in any of the shown prototypes.
chocolate_bob said this 1482 days ago.
meaningless icon! I think you should have used a Spork instead of a spoon for the prototype.
technabob said this 1477 days ago.
meaningless icon! The video script is wrong, I believe the correct script is: “Geek Food, the final frontier. These are the edibles of the slicingship Enterprise. Her five-year mission: to explore strange new pizzas, to seek out new toppings and new crustifications, to boldly cut where no man has cut before.”
mag8man said this 1477 days ago.
meaningless icon! FABULOUS idea!! I also think you could do a Tie Fighter rolling pin, or maybe a Millennium Falcon baking dish as well. But this is just brilliant! Oh, and whoever came up with that script in the previous posting - your inner Geek was in Warp drive on that one! :)
scatterbrained1 said this 1468 days ago.
meaningless icon! I neede this pizza cutter!
SciFiPunk said this 1434 days ago.

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