Meet the Inventor of Form-A-Funnel
I have always loved taking things apart ever since I was a kid. The challenge for me was in putting them back together. This inherently developed a sense of mechanics and started me off on a journey I could not find my way back from. I have always examined various items and thought about how to improve its design.
This invention is called the FORM-A-FUNNEL , a moldable funnel. I started developing this unique tool in 2006. It all began while I was helping a friend change the oil in a Cessna 182 aircraft. He was ready to remove the horizontal oil filter when I asked him what gadget we would used to catch the oil since it was not self-draining. His reply was “Rags”. I found this to be a bit odd that we couldn’t find a better way than that in our aviation industry. There had to be a better way.
My mind went into over drive and I went home and grabbed a sheet of lead – 4 inches wide by 28 inches long – and super glued black Nit-rile rubber to it.
I rolled it up into a tube, ran it under the oil filter with an L shape at the filter end and a funnel shape at the exit end (out over the side of the plane).
The device worked like a charm without spilling a drop.
Soon after that, I changed the lead for aluminum and then filed for a patent, received it… and the rest is history!
Isn’t America great?
-Kevin Lohmeier, Inventor of Form-A-Funnel®