This project involved development of a battery backup for Photojojo.
I wanted to approach the design differently than the product typically available on the market. Batteries are boring, plastic boxes. I considered that wood would be a warm, organic material that could be carved into an exciting form.
I ripped a sample battery pack apart and used it as a basis for a prototype. Then I commissioned my Solidworks design to be CNC'd out of maple.
Umbra wanted to develop a simple bag clip for the kitchen category. At the time, Umbra's aesthetic was playful and contemporary. This informed my approach to the design.
I started with market research and realized that something minimal and low cost was needed. I took the classic clothespin as an example of simplicity since it didn't need springs or extra parts to work.
This prototype progression illustrates the evolution of a simple bent wire to painted 3D printed form.
I invested time to develop the surfaces in Solidworks. I ensured that surface continuity was maintained with at least G2 class transitions. I also simplified to remove unnecessary material.
This is a development rendering of the new product. The colour matched an existing product colour palette used at Umbra.
This 4th year project had a simple premise: to design any light fixture you wanted. I was inspired by the effect of putting an object in the middle of 3 mirrors, each mirror being at right angles to each other. A 1/8 object becomes a 3D form in this setup.
I thermoformed a 1/8 sphere and placed it into a corner mirror.
I thought the effect would be enhanced with a larger clear sphere around it.
I then 3D modelled and CNC'd a larger thermoform mold to create this larger transparent 1/8 sphere.
The framing had a slight recess to keep the mirror flush.
The effect I desired was achieved and I was happy with the results. An atom-like shape occurred which was somewhat of an unexpected but welcomed outcome.
And why not have a shot with me in it.
Solidworks Part Replication
This is the final project for an advanced Solidworks CAD course taken at Carleton University.
I had to perfectly replicate a part from an existing product using Solidworks, 3D print it, and finally refine the fits. The white part in this image is a 3D printed version.
The part I chose was ambitious. It has complex surface transitions and geometry that was difficult to measure.
All the internal details were created to fit with all the parts.
Here is a walk through of the process of constructing the 3D CAD file.