In July 2015 I graduated from Loughborough University with First Class Honours in BSc Product Design and Technology (DPS). I am hoping to start a career in design and am currently looking for a graduate design role.
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The BSc Product Design and Technology course at Loughborough covered a wide spectrum of design with the technical aspects of electronics and mechanics being a strong focus. In the lead up to the final year of study project briefs were predetermined. The Final Year Design Practice module allowed for complete freedom in creating a unique brief and working on a product from ideation to a final concept demonstrated in a functional or aesthetic prototype. My Diploma in Professional Studies was attained through twelve months of employment at Engineering Creatives, a small design consultancy based in South Shields. Working within a small integrated team I was heavily involved with a considerably large project destined for Abu Dhabi in the Middle East. This portfolio of design work will demonstrate the diverse range of skills gained through higher education and experience within industry.
Computer Aided Modelling and Manufacture Reverse engineered steam iron. - An accurate representation of the original product geometry with the use of complex surface modelling whilst also redesigning for the exploitation of additive manufacturing technologies.
FEATURES REDESIGNED FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURE: WATERTIGHT PUSH BUTTONS BUTTONS MANUFACTURED WITH MAIN BODY REMOVAL OF SPLIT LINES REPLACING SCREWS WITH SNAP FITS BODY MANUFACTURED IN ONE PART, DIFFERENT MATERIALS
CRANK AND SLIDER WHITWORTH QUICK RETURN
AUTOMATED CAN CRUSHER Design, Develop and Manufacture
The aim of the project was to design, develop and manufacture a fully-functioning electro-mechanical can crusher and compete successfully, with other teams and designs, to crush five cans in the fastest possible time. A full mechanical analysis of a ‘Crank and Slider’ and ‘Whitworth Quick Return’ hybrid mechanism was carried out and used to develop and fabricate functional prototype of the concept.
Lightweight stroller for young children with a flexible dining option to be used when away from home.
The supply of high chairs available within restaurants does not often meet the needs or requirements of many families. If there are high chairs available they are likely to be unsuitable for the child, unsafe to use or dirty from its previous use.
This has the possibility to ruin an event or occasion as the child is not sat in an appropriate manner for feeding which could bring added stress or anxiety to the parent or the child.
Various forms of both primary and secondary research were performed to find out what the user needs and ultimately being able to propose a product to rectify the ‘problem’ discovered.
“I propose to design a product which will allow the parent or guardian to feed the child ‘on the go’ or within a restaurant environment; safely, hygienically and with ease. The product must also provide a comfortable and secure environment for the child during feeding.”
Several different concepts were developed and considered however only one mechanism design was thought to be suitable for the application. A major part of this section was the use of prototypes as the mechanisms and theory needed to be proven and justified before the design could be developed any further. As with the research, the target user was involved in the development and their opinions were considered where necessary. DESIGN + DEVELOPMENT The functional prototype was invaluable during the user testing and enabled a thorough evaluation to be completed of the design. Target users were able to interact with all the mechanisms and perform the ‘stroller to high chair’ movement and in reverse. The pictures and videos taken from the user testing enabled a thorough analysis and re-design of the mechanisms. EVALUATION
Prototyping was used in various forms throughout the development stages of project to test and justify design decisions. A significant amount of time was taken to fabricate a complete functional prototype of the design. This was crucial for the testing and evaluation of the design to take place.
FABRICATION TECHNIQUES + MACHINERY USED: WATERJET CUTTING TURNING ON CENTRE LATHE DRILLING METAL BAND SAW VERTICAL MILLING MACHINE SEWING MACHINE
TESTING + EVALUATION Testing was carried out with five potential parental users. They all completed the movements required to change the seat position with varying levels of success. Videos were recorded of each user in order to revisit the testing to complete analysis.
STEPS TO FOLLOW: UNLOCK HANDLEBAR APPLY PRESSURE TO FOOT PEDAL PUSH DOWN ON HANDLEBAR LOCK HANDLEBAR TAKE PRESSURE OFF FOOT PEDAL reverse
Fabric hood protecting from harmful UV rays
Brake levers to operate the seat mechanism
Zipped fabric to allow child to have room to eat and interact with
5 point harness
Wipeable fabric for any food spillages
Push buttons to fold the legs
Lightweight aluminium framework
Ideation and Development through Modelling Innovative and desirable electronic product for use in snow sports. The device is dedicated to a single software application and has the ability to utilize additional downloads.
IDEATION SKETCHING SKETCH MODELLING DEVELOPMENT SKETCHING AESTHETIC MODELLING
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LANYARD TO CARRY THE DEVICE AROUND THE NECK WHEN ON THE SLOPES
‘SELECT’ BUTTON TO NAVIGATE THROUGH MENUS
LARGE LCD DISPLAY FOR THE USER TO NAVIGATE THE MENUS, DISPLAY PISTE MAPS AND INFORMATION
Prototype model of the ski route planner manufactured out of Prolab and a vacuum formed acrylic screen
IMPORTANT WARNINGS OR ALERTS ARE DISPLAYED ALONG THE BOTTOM OF THE SCREEN
LARGE RIGHT + LEFT BUTTONS TO NAVIGATE THROUGH MENUS WHICH CAN EASILY BE USED WHILST WEARING THICK WINTER GLOVES
Winner of Global Univeristy Competition Finding a reuse for PBS pollination bags
REUSE OF POLLINATION BAGS Sustainability
PBS International are the world’s leading supplier and manufacturer of pollination bags and tents. After use the pollination bags often go to landfill as the material is almost impossible to recycle. PBS were looking for practical and cost effective method of reusing the bags.
The PBS Roofing Scheme, a service operated by PBS International to provide sustainable roofing for families in shanty towns and “giving something back” to the local areas and communities where the bags are used.
RESEARCH IDEATION SKETCHING CAD ENTER COMPETITION
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SKI POLE CLIP Injection Moulding
A promotional ‘widget’ given away with any Smith goggles or helmets purchased for use during snow sports. The promotional item is an injection moulded two-part clip to use whilst on chairlifts to hold ski poles.
IDEATION SKETCHING DEVELOPMENT MOULD TOOL FABRICATION INJECTION MOULDING
13 weeks 3 million widgets
10.562g 13 weeks 2,030 hours 214,800 minutes 7,488,000 seconds Cycle time of 8 seconds 4 widgets per cycle Can produce 3,744,000 in the time available 744,000 more than required!
11 weeks, 4 days, 18 hours, 36 minutes
required to produce the required 3 million widgets
Development of the â€˜Smithâ€™ logo in order for a mould tool to be manufactured. Taking into consideration the techniques and tooling used in CNC, centre lathe and milling machinery.
MOULD TOOL, INSERTS & WIDGET DESIGN
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LIGHT BULB ROOM Energy Works The ‘Light Bulb Room’ exhibit was the first project I was involved with at Engineering Creatives. This exhibit is part of the ‘Energy Works’ pavilion and is installed within Fun Works, a family entertainment centre at Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi. Visitors in the Energy Works attraction are asked to determine how to correctly assemble the electrical circuit and illuminate the light bulb. They connect the circuit using giant wires and visual feedback whilst operating the components allows them to understand the basic principles of electricity in a simple circuit.
TURN THE GENERATOR HANDLE TO CHARGE THE BATTERIES WATCH THE BATTERIES LIGHT UP WITH THE ELECTRICAL ENERGY CONNECT THE COMPONENTS WITH THE GIANT WIRES TURN ON THE SWITCH TO COMPLETE THE CIRCUIT WATCH THE LIGHT BULB ILLUMINATE WATCH THE LIGHT FADE AS THE ELECTRICAL ENERGY RUNS OUT
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RECYCLING MACHINE Recycle Works
The ‘Recycling Machine’ exhibit is part of the Recycle Works pavilion and the aim of the exhibit is to promote an understanding of different materials and how they can be recycled. Up to six visitors in the Recycle Works attraction work together to sort out trash on the fully automated recycling machine. Each visitor has their own waste sorting station with an overhead scoreboard which records their sort rate and accuracy scores. As well as their score, the overhead display also illustrates how each material can be reduced, reused and recycled.
OBJECTS ARE SORTED INTO CATEGORIES; PLASTIC, WOOD, METAL COLOUR CODED RECYCLING SYMBOL ON OBJECTS HELP VISITORS EACH SORTING SLOT IS COLOUR CODED FOR EACH MATERIAL
POLYURETHANE FOAM OBJECTS For the Recycle Machine exhibit I was responsible for designing and delivering the ‘rubbish’ objects and the boxes in which they can be sorted by the children. Radio-frequency identification was used to identify the objects entering the machine.
PAPER PLASTIC METAL
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SLINGSHOT Energy Works
The ‘Slingshot’ exhibit is also part of the ‘Energy Works’ pavilion and is designed to be a fun exhibit as well as learning about the transfer of energy by allowing the elastic slingshot to project the ball towards the targets. The slingshot exhibit is a team game whereby up to three visitors collaborate in order to try and achieve a high score. Each station has a slingshot to control the launch and trajectory of the projectile ‘ball’ in order to try and hit either one of the moving targets or one of the two wall targets. When targets are successfully hit by a projectile there is audio feedback and like with many exhibits in the attraction there is an overhead display showing instructions and keeping track of the team’s score.
FIVE FLOOR TARGETS AT VARYING DISTANCES MOVE SIDE TO SIDE UNLIMITED NUMBER OF PROJECTILES. - TIME IS LIMITED ALL TARGETS MAKE A SCI-FI EXPLOSION NOISE ON IMPACT FOUR-STRING SLINGSHOTS WITH ‘CUP’ TO HOLD PROJECTILE
FIRING POUCH I worked closely with a local marine company who helped develop the slingshots the children would use to fire the projectiles. I had frequent meetings with the company in order to progress the slingshot pouches and produce a number of prototypes to test the designs.
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