Star Prototype’s expertise has helped transform an innovative design idea into a workable product with the potential to turn sous-vide into a global home cooking phenomenon.

Sous-vide is a process that involves sealing food in airtight plastic bags and cooking in water baths for prolonged periods of time. It is used in many high end gourmet restaurants and by chefs such as Heston Blumenthal, and delivers food that is more tender, flavoursome and moist than traditionally cooked dishes.

China-based, British-owned rapid prototyper, STAR was approached by California-based Nomiku with initial designs and some general ideas for a portable sous-vide device that could be sold at a price that would make it an affordable option for amateur cooks everywhere.

Making full use of its technologically advanced facilities, STAR created a working prototype of the Nomiku device using a combination of CNC machining, silicone and ABS moulding, vacuum casting and aqua blasting. The team also hand painted the finished product and created an internal heat sink using wire cutting – all of which was done in just five days.

Gordon Styles, the British owner of STAR said: “I am confident that no other prototype house has the technical capability, ingenuity and skill to have turned Nomiku’s ideas into a working model in such a short period of time.”

“We pride ourselves on not just our technical skills, but the level of service we offer each and every client – something we do with the aim of adding value and making a long lasting and positive impression on them.”

Lisa Q Fetterman, owner of Nomiku, said: “The work STAR carried out on the Nomiku device was outstanding and went well beyond our expectations of what a prototype house would deliver. They understood our vision and developed a working product that looks and feels great.”

Nomiku is due to be launched in April and although initially only available in North America, plans are in an advanced stage to launch it in Europe and China in the very near future. For additional information visit

Star Prototype is a full service rapid prototyping company based in the Guangdong Province of China. Opened in 2005 by Gordon Styles, the former owner of British-based Styles RPD, the company has created a niche for itself by offering premium Western quality at Chinese prices. For further information visit or call +86 138 2272 8700.