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Warren M White _ warren.m.white@gmail.com


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NOMAD is a portable, modular storage system. It is designed

to be built around your life by providing numerous storage solutions starting with one simple form. Each unit securely stacks on top of one another to be arranged in a multitude of formations according to the user’s specific needs and environment. Moving? The NOMAD storage system can easily break down, travel, and be set up again. The solutions are small and light for ease of transport, yet durable enough for everyday use. The system consists of a bedroom dresser, accessible storage, coffee table, and media entertainment center in one. The NOMAD.


OVERVIEW Furniture for the nomadically inclined. Nomadic furniture is anything but a new concept. While it might seem odd to think of chairs, tables, and beds as nomadic, it actually makes perfect sense. Furniture, or mobilier, in French, suggests the possibility of removal and travel.

INSPIRATION

Through research, I found the target demographic for portable furniture is not only the nomadically inclined, as the majority of individuals I surveyed changed residence less than once a year, on average. Still, 90% would consider purchasing furniture that was specifically lightweight, modular, and portable namely, accessible storage.

There is a trend forming as people seem to be downsizing. This may be due to the economy or the desire to reduce one’s carbon footprint, but one thing is certain: opportunity to create and design this furniture abounds.

This project was inspired by my friend Ian. He has lived in San Francisco for nearly ten years but never seems to stay in one particular housing environment for more than six months. I visit him on occasion, and no matter how long he has lived in a certain residence prior to my arrival, he is never fully unpacked. This is partly because he can’t afford new furniture and the hassle to move it, and partly to avoid feeling tied down to a particular housing situation. Now and again he will pick up a dresser for free or at an extreme low cost, but he never takes it with him when he moves. He says it’s just not worth the hassle to move it. So, as a result, he lives out of boxes and bare essentials.


TARGET AUDIENCE

Both men and women under the age of 30 that are semi-nomadic either by lifestyle choice or external force. This includes college students living away from home, temporary living situations, and individuals who change residence on average once a year.

IAN - AGE 29

Rents a room in san francisco, single, works parttime, takes night classes, doesn’t own a vehicle, prefers a minimalist lifestyle. “I love living in san francisco but it’s a very different lifestyle. It doesn’t really allow me to own much, and since I move quite a bit it’s more trouble that it’s worth to have a bunch of furniture. If I want / need to move I can usually fit everything in the back of a friends car. I just like to keep it simple.”


CONCEPT SKETCHING Modular collapsible exoframe with lightweight drawers that can be arranged according to the users specific needs. Once I narrowed down potential concepts to one, I found myself exploring the relationship between travel and accessible storage. The idea you could use your suitcase as a dresser, and vice versa, was an appealing concept, but realistically it didn’t fit the objective for this project. After pulling back from the previous exploration I generated some ideas revolving around the initial exoframe concept. Instead of the frame itself collapsing, there could be multiple exoframe pods each containing a single drawer / storage bin, that could attach to one another creating a larger form. The form was becoming too busy and created a lot of visual tension so I reevaluated some of my user needs and design objectives . One of the main objectives was minimal weight, so I simplified the form as much as possible without sacrificing structure. The result was this three arm frame design shown.


REFINING THE DETAILS MODULARITY Trying to determine how each frame pod can attach to others, creating a modular storage system. The center hub would allow each frame to attach. The idea is, the male hub (bottom) fits into the female hub (top) and locks together with an integrated twist lock. MECHANICS Each arm slides into the hub and secures with spring loaded locking balls. This allows the frame to break apart in a simple fashion for easy transport. The tapered male plugs on the hub would align each arm, while the spring loaded button / locking ball would secure them in place. AESTHETICS Exploring various ways of adding feet to the bottom of the arms that will rest on the arms below when stacking. Since the arms will be hydroformed aluminum, the feet and channels can be molded in. Made sense to utilize this process and additionally integrate the upper and lower drawer guides. DRAWER I wanted the face of the drawers to be faceted to help break the traditional box feeling of a dresser and contrast the softer lines of the exoframe. Each “pod� would attach to one another at the center and created a visual floating effect.


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ACCESSIBLE STORAGE

A six drawer unit with top offers over 15 cubic feet of usable storage. The user can create various sized forms depending on their needs.


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MEDIA CENTER

Shelf inserts seamlessly transform the NOMAD into a media center that can manage the largest TV you can throw its way.

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COFFEE TABLE By setting the pods back to back, a coffee table is born, and ready to complement any interior.


FEATURES Each NOMAD pod is designed around a center hub system which attaches to additional pods creating a truly modular system.

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The hydroformed aluminum exoframe provides unmatched strength with minimal weight. Injection molded Polypropylene drawers have molded drawer guides and natural pull handles. Integrated feet and drawer guides keep everything aligned and secured for seamless, everyday use.

DIMENSIONS Each NOMAD pod is 26” wide, 13.5” tall and 17” deep. Drawer is 23” wide, 11” tall and 16” deep, providing nearing 2.5 cubic feet of storage.

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FINISHES Powder coated aluminum exoframe available in various color finishes. Drawers available in gloss and satin color finishes. Top and shelving inserts available in clear and tinted glass.

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DETAILS 1. exploded frame 2. center hubs and 1/4 lock 3 . assembled frame 4. drawer 5. glass top 6. top hub 1/4 lock 7. drawer guides 8. main drawer guide 9. Integrated feet 10. arm quick release buttons

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SOMA_

CHAIR


SOMA_ FEATURES The Soma lowback chair is a perfect balance of sculpture and function, the chair is pleasing to the eye, comfortable and efficient for general purpose use. 4130 Chromoly tube frame provides unmatched strength with minimal weight, thanks to its high tensile properties. Cantilevered seat and back provide ergonomic comfort and support by allowing the chair to flex and form to your body. Smooth, round edges and contoured seat and back add comfort. “Slotted channel� seat and back mounting remove any visible hardware providing a seamless aesthetic. Nylon sliders mounted underneath the frame help protect your floors.

LOWBACK


SOMA_ series Multiple finishes available to match almost any interior, home or office. DIMENSIONS Side Chair is 17” W x 22” D x 30” H with a seat height of 17.5”

FINISHES Powder coated White, Black, and Polished frame finishes Oak, Mohagany, and Bamboo laminated seat and back available


INTRODUCTION ADVANCED PROTOTYPING

is an imperative element in the Industrial Design Profession. The ability to create a working prototype of your proposed design provides a great deal of scope. As a designer, knowledge about the material properties and applicable processes is essential for communicating how your designs can be produced efficiently and effectively.


MATERIALS AND MANUFACTURE FOR DESIGN MANDREL BENDING

Used mainly in furniture, automotive, and construction industries, this process is used to form continuous and fluid metal structures. Tight bends can be formed with a mandrel over a rotating die, or long and undulating curves between rollers. QUALITY Applying a bend to a sheet of material increases its strength; these processes combine the ductility and strength of metals to produce parts with improved rigidity and lightness. COST AND SPEED Standard tooling is used to produce a wide range of bent geometries. Specialized tooling will increase the unit price considerably, but will depend on the size and complexity of the bend. Cycle time is rapid in most operations. MATERIALS Almost all metals can be formed in this way including steel, aluminum, copper, and titanium.

BAG VENEER LAMINATING

This process, which uses a vacuum to force the part onto a single-sided mold, reduces costs and increases flexibility. However; only shallow geometries can be formed in this way. In stage one, adhesive is applied to the face of each veneer as it is laid on top of the last. In stage two, the plies are grouped together and drawn onto a singlesided mold by a vacuum. Adhesive curing is accelerated by radiant heating. QUALITY The quality is high, although the parts often require finishing operations and sanding. The integral quality of the parts is determined by the grade of timber and strength and distribution of the adhesive. COST AND SPEED Mold-making costs are low to moderate. Although cycle time can be long, it depends on the adhesive curing system. Labor costs are moderate to high for manual operations. MATERIALS Any timber that is cut into veneers can be laminated. The most flexible timbers include birch, beech, ash, oak, and walnut.

TIG WELDING

TIG welding is a precise and high-quality welding process. It is ideal for this sheet materials and precise and intricate work. COST AND SPEED Jigs may be required to locate parts accurately during welding. Cycle time is moderate. Labor costs are high for manual operation due to the level of skill required. MATERIALS TIG is widely used on carbon steel, stainless steel, titanium, and aluminum.


SKETCHING Initial Ideation was all over the place. Didn’t really considered potential materials and manufacture until second round of sketching. Soon found myself being drawn towards a tube style frame. It has a very sculptural element that I wanted to elaborate.

1/4 SCALE MOCK-UPS Moved into mockups almost immediately after I made the decision to construct the frame out of steel tubing. I could get the effect I wanted with the pen, so I began bending up some frames out of whatever I had laying around the shop.

REFINEMENT Some concepts became overly complicated with multiple intersecting lines which worked from one angle, but not the other. Pulled back a little and reassessed what environment I had envisioned this chair living in. FINAL DIRECTION After simplifying the frame design I was really liking the cantilevered style. Visually, it allowed your eye to keep moving around the entire form and significantly lighted the overall volume. 1/4 scale mockup of final direction shown. All bends run along the same plane in this mock-up. I decided that both the seat and back should slightly taper in to visually lighten the weight.


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30” 15.25”

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SOMA_ chair in powder white with oak.


SOMA_ ERGONOMICS

The cantilever design of the soma chair was heavily influenced by the choice material for the frame. I wanted to utilize the inherent elasticity of chromoly steel to enable the seat and back to slightly flex under load. By doing so, the chair has the ability to conform to the body’s shape and seating position.

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Three points of articulation to maximize support and comfort.

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When designing this style of frame, I had to carefully consider each radius and bend and how they would potentially work together under load. To me, it made the most sense to design the leg sub frame with the bends angled towards the front of the chair. This would reduce the overall leverage on the cantilevered areas and help distribute the load on the seatpan into the front legs. As a result, the frame has a nice spring-like feel to it, which is surprisingly comfortable.


SOMA_ PROTOTYPE

*Photos by Van Broers Photography


Frame constructed from 7/8” diameter .065” wall DOM seamless tubing, mandrel bent and MIG welded. Finished with a low gloss white enamel paint. Seat pan is 5/8” thick vacuum formed maple veneer, hand shaped with a raw finish. Back is 1/2” thick vacuum formed maple veneer with a poplar core, hand shaped, and a raw finish. Seat and back attached using “slotted channel” design, requiring no hardware. Prototype tested up to 280 lbs.


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LED eyewear concept for 2020


Lunar Vision System Eyewear is designed to illuminate your lifestyle. The lunar frames house a LED lamp system to provide light in any direction you look. Recessed behind the lens, the LED’s remain discreet and unobtrusive. The capacitive power button is easily located on the right ear stem to activate the LED’s to maximize your vision. Because lack of lighting can make simple tasks quickly become difficult, and even hazardous. With the Oakley Lunars, you will have the confidence and peace of mind to accomplish anything, day or night.


LIFE.

The oakley Lunar eyewear is designed for just that. No matter the environment, you will be ready to accomplish what life throws at you.

WORK

play

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Designing for Baby Boomers in 2020. The Baby Boomer Generation is generally defined as those born between the years of 1946 and 1964. Boomers today represent 28% of the U.S. population. But in 1964, they represented about 40% of the population. With such a large demographic, there could be a multitude of design opportunities.

“Baby boomers are worried about staying young — looking well, eating well and living well. They are interested in getting their children through college and paying for a high quality of life. They work long, hard days. They are concerned about their health and their fitness. They seek convenience, speed and quality for a reasonable cost. They are at the peak of their personal and professional lives — and at the peak of their spending habits. With retirement looming on their horizons, they seek retailers and service providers who can meet their demands for customer service, ease of purchase, flexibility, high performance and efficiency.”

- www.missourbusiness.net


persona

BARRY WHITE 6/22/54. Currently 57 years young. Lives in Soquel, CA and is the Vice President of Sales at Glasforms Inc.

HOBBIES

High impact sports (dirtbiking, motorcycling, sailing, skiing, windsurfing), working with his hands (landscaping, gardening, expanding deck, etc.)

PROBLEMS

Bad eyesight (reading menus, looking at labels, iPhone, etc.), learning curve for technology (needed to be taught how to use iPad/iPhone), feels products are still complicated (small / too many buttons, etc.) ďżź


opportunity

As we age simple tasks can become more difficult. Bad lighting and deteriorating eyesight can make things worse. Designed to be used day or night, an LED light system for prescription glasses can make life a bit easier.

CONCEPT DIRECTIONS

Retrofitted or integrated.

A retrofitted LED lamp system might not be ideal from a design standpoint, but it wouldn’t require the user to purchase new frames and lenses. Placement of LED would be similar to that of an integrated system, but producing something to fit different frame styles might prove challenging. Full, half, wire, or frameless require specific attachments or design to look and function properly. Also, the size and bulk of this type of system might be obtrusive. While designing a new set of LED integrated frames is ideal from a design standpoint, frames and prescription lens can become very expensive. However, it would allow me to utilize the frame and ear stems as part of the LED system. Full-frame glasses could be redesigned to incorporate both the battery and electronics into the actual housing. The result would mean minimal added weight and size of the system.


You can only sketch eyewear for so long. Eventually you’re going to have to move to 3D to really understand the compound bends and intersections that make it work. So I put down the pen and paper and moved to physical modeling.


FINAL MODEL

Final physical model. Frame is cast polyurethane from and RTV silicone mold.


DETAILS A. LENS - prescription, transition, bifocals. Take your pick.

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B. LED / LENS HOUSING - recessed behind the lens keeps you inconspicuous. C. Power-capacitive sensor technology with backlight.

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Structural batteries Say goodbye to conventional battery systems. These lunar frames are constructed of a carbon fiber lithium ion weave that stores electricity to power the LED light system.

Solar paint Forget recharging altogether. The lunar frames are coated with a photovoltaic paint to recharge the composite battery structure all day long.

Capacitive power Don’t fumble around trying to turn on the flashlight feature from your phone just to read a menu. Simply touch the backlight capacitive power sensor on the side of the lunar frames to illuminate anything in your view.


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PORTAL

Mobile printer concept


Introducing the PORTAL, from Samsung. The world’s smallest mobile inkjet printer. The PORTAL was designed to provide the user with the ultimate printing experience, at home or on the go. Designed to use Bluetooth Technology, the Portal can print anywhere, wirelessly.


As the printhead lays down ink, the page continues to feed towards the user.

The rear window allows the user to watch as the paper feeds through and the printhead goes to work. The LED backlight touch sensitive power button is located on the left side along with USB and 12V AC/DC charging system for in-car charging.

The CMYK printhead constantly displays ink levels so you will never be surprised when it’s time to replace cartridges. The printhead is driven by a nearly silent brushless motor tucked underneath. The main electronics are housed on either side of the lower paper tray to seal them from outside elements.


Introduction: Inside-Out Design To design a computer technology based product with an “inside-out” design fashion driven by internal components. The objective is to enhance user experience and interaction by exposing functioning components and mechanics. This provides the user with a direct understanding of how the product functions, thus creating a relationship between user and machine unknown with existing products.

“Starring at a computer screen full of spec sheets and notes can be very strenuous on the eyes. It’s much easier to just print it out to jot down notes.” “The ability to be able to print from anywhere...car, airplane, meeting, hotel, would make my life a lot easier.”

The Story Barry is the Vice President of Sales at Glasforms, a small advanced composite manufacturing firm. He is constantly in and out of the office meeting with clients. Often, this requires him to travel all over the country. When on the go he doesn’t always have time to review sales reports, customer spec sheets, or client proposals ahead of time. Customer service is the single most important thing in this industry so he needs to be on top of his game. Unfortunately, not being able to print on the fly makes this difficult at times.


portability...

confusing?

connections!

There is an opportunity for a portable and easy to use printer designed to perform anywhere...


mobile printers refining the details

After struggling to settle on one direction from the three I had previously narrowed down, I decided to pull elements from each for my final direction: Cantilever form, large hollow drum roller, recessed printhead, and front loading tray.


Final Design

Final design prior to CAD modeling. I made the decision to french in the printhead to the cover. This significantly reduced the overall mass which greatly increased the overall aesthetic.


The front loading paper tray can hold up to 100 sheets at a time for convenient multipage printing. As the main drive roller draws paper up and around towards the CMYK printhead, the two feed rollers keep everything aligned.

brand Identity SAMSUNG has long been one of the leaders in consumer electronics. From laptops, to cell phones, tvs, and printers, Samsung designs some of the best functioning and aesthetically pleasing products available. There is a certain elegance to their trademark highgloss black finish that never goes out of style. I set out to capture Samsung’s current and potentially future design language with the design of my printer.


Drive Roller Gear / Motor

Paper Feed Rollers

CMYK Printhead Paper Drive Roller

Integrated Lithium Ion Battery Power Button

Rear Viewing Window

USB / 12V Ports


*Photos by Mark Serr Photography


Physical Model


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Knife block concept


OVERVIEW

Founded in 2009, mbrela is an international, collaborative design group of 3 industrial design programs separated by 9 time zones, committed to exploring the methods and meaning of global collaboration. The designs and concepts of mbrela are exposed through international exhibitions and media to promote licence and manufacturing opportunities. The mbrela network consists of the Industrial Design programs at San Jose State University and Philadelphia University, and the Product Design studio at the University of Lincoln.

DESIGN OBJECTIVE

“Create “simple and honest” concepts that advance the status of objects on the home tabletop. Can they work better? Can they look better? Can they offer better interactions? Can they be smarter? Can they leave a smaller environmental footprint on the planet?”

In collaboration with: Andrew Littman Edlin Carranza Nicholas Montemayor


arc

ADAPTABLE knife block

Arc is a new approach to the knife block. Designed around a flexible polypropylene core, individual wood sheaths sandwich the core, creating live hinge points between each face. The contoured bottom designates the natural arc form, while internal magnets at hinge points keeps the form stable.


Redesigning the kitchen landscape...

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After evaluating several table top areas we found that the kitchen had the most potential. We scouted areas where we could focus on to develop and construct ideas.

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OPPORTUNITIES: 1. knife block / caddy 2. utensil organizer 3. wine rack

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sketching

was the first stage in generating potential concepts. Reducing overall volumes and materials used in current products was a major factor in out sketch approach.


Decision Matrix After initial concepts, we began to evaluate each to determine which would be best suited to further develop. As a group we looked to the eco design strategies wheel to determine overall potential for this project. Innovation, potential manufacturing, and overall form were what set the roll-up knife block apart from the others.

THE CURRENT MARKET of knife blocks consists of heavy/bulky products with more parts than necessary, or products that do not optimize materials or processes.

OKALA LIFECYCLE ANALYSIS was conducted on a standard wooden knife block to evaluate the impact it has in its lifetime. The wooden knife block was selected because it is the most common type of a knife holder. The total impact per hour of the knife block was .48445. We then conducted the same assessment on our knife block concept to determine if we could successfully reduce the lifecycle impact. We concluded that we could reduce the overall environmental impact of a standard knife block by about 7% with our concept.


REFINEMENT

of overall form and function through mockups. After testing, we decided on one form position for the tabletop to reserve the roll up function for stow away and /or portability. The final form was then tested in the intended environment with knives to evaluate its stability and accessibility.

Functional Mock Ups More mock ups using acrylic, polypropylene, and vinyl were created to mimic the living hinge mechanism and potential materials for manufacturing.


FINAL DESIGN

For the final functioning prototype wood panels were used to create knife slots. For the hinge mechanism, extruded vinyl hinges were used. Magnets are set inside the wood panels to keep the shape of the knife holder in place when on the counter top, while still allowing it to roll up when needed.


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CRV Recycler


San Jose Solar Structures The CRV Recycler is a solar powered recycle compactor designed to refund the value of your bottles and cans. By using a credit / debit / prepaid card designated by each user, the CRV value of each bottle or can is refunded to their account. The built-in compactor consumes 3 - 4 times more bottles or cans than traditional recycle bins, and is completely self sustainable through solar energy collected by its integrated photovoltaic panels. The CRV Recycler creates an incentive for citizens to recycle while dramatically reducing fuel and energy costs associated with waste and recycle management. The modular design reduces manufacturing costs while allowing height and feature variation to maximize solar collection. The three bin system allows each one to be specific to glass, plastic, or aluminum.


Project Overview A collaboration with the city of San Jose to take a step forward and harness the most powerful natural energy source on earth by designing a self sustainable solar structure. Working directly with city officials, project managers, stakeholders, and solar companies, this project can have a huge impact on us as Industrial Design Students.

Looking around San Jose State University there were many potential site locations suited for the installation of the San Jose Solar Structures project. What makes one better than another?

Things to consider: Overall sun exposure during the day and how the seasons potentially change that. For a solar based project, high sun exposure would be ideal. Traffic influx of students and pedestrians. Potentially high foot traffic for project exposure / educating. On the other hand, the driving factor would most likely be the solar concept itself. Maybe its directed towards private spaces rather than public. Potential theft / vandalism / safety


Problem Statement:

As we continue to consume more and more we leave behind massive amounts of waste. Much of that waste consists of recyclable material like our soda cans and water bottles. Although there are recycle bins scattered around our city, most of us just toss our bottles and cans into the nearest bin. Why do we do this? Because it is simply more convenient. So, how do we create more incentive for us to walk that extra distance to the recycle bin?


Power of Three

After being confined to designing a box to not look like a box, I finally took another approach. Form of three. This opened up the ability to play with more forms. The overall shape was more or less inspired by the iconic green recycling triangle. The arrows gave a feeling of constant movement in a revolving form. From a functional standpoint, having three separate forms was more feasible. Each recyclable would have a designated bin which would allow the benefit of the compactor. Without separating the glass, plastic, and aluminum there was no way to have a compactor.


Solar top can be mounted in three different orientations during site installation to maximize direct sun exposure.

The recycle deposit opening varies in shape to help distinguish each unit.

Integrated low profile door handle and security lock.


LCD touch screen user interface keeps things simple.

Embossed Lettering on door face clearly explains which recyclable it accepts.

Task Analysis: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Refund

1. Swipe debit / credit / prepaid card through the scanner to start.

2. Insert your bottle(s) / can(s) into the specified opening one at a time.

3. Confirm as barcode scanner verifies the CRV refund.


Component details Touchscreen LCD user interface

Polycarbonate Cover

Integrated Photovoltaic panel Card Scanner to redeemCRV refund Main Computer

User Interface Top houses all electronics (16 gauge Polished Aluminum)

12V oversived Battery

Electronic baseplate (sealed) 12V Inverter Recyclable Compactor (1/6th HP gear motor w/ chain drive Polyethylene Bin insert for easy emptying

Compactor Frame Mount (.1875 steel construction)

Barcode Scanner verifies CRV refund of bottles/can deposited Insert Recyclable Here

Door handle / Lock

Security Locked Door for Maintenance access / Recyclable emptying (16 gauge Stainless Steel)

Main Body (16 gauge Polished Aluminum)

Interior sensor triggers compactor to maximize recyclable collection in between emptying

Compactor Baseplate (12 gauge Stainless Steel)


Orthographics 26.40

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Koffin Racer


Koffin Racer Track Bike Inspired by the original Boardtrack motorcycles of the 1920s, The Koffin Racer is the modern day reincarnation. The minimalist approach stays true to it’s roots. Rigid, agile, and dangerous, Koffin Racer is a well qualified name. This SolidWorks project was completed in a series of steps starting with components: Saddle, bars, wheels, fork, and lastly the frame.


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Orthographics / Specifications Frame -

Handcrafted Titanium Tubing

Fork -

Machined Aluminum Crown w/ Polished Titanium Stanchions

Wheels -

Carbon Weave Deep Dish Tubular Rims High flange Aluminum track hubs w/ Stainless spokes (Radial front, 2X rear)

Crankset - 160mm Carbon Inlay Arms and Titanium Sprocket. Sealed Chromoly B.B. Controls - 4130 Chromoly Boardtrack style Bars and Full Grain Leather grips Saddle -

Boardtrack inspired Leather Race Saddle w/ Titanium rails

Tires -

Dual Compound Race Series Slicks


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Amigo sidecart concept


Design for the other 90%

Lebialem

Bicycle Side Cart The Amigo is a Utility Side Cart that offers a means of transportation to help create income for farmers and families by allowing them to haul goods to and from surrounding markets more efficiently. Currently, crops are transported in head baskets which are limited to around 20 pounds. The Amigo will allow farmers to transport 4 - 5 times more product in a single load.

Cameroon


Overview

This project was designed to offer something to the non-industrialized world. Working with Specialized Bicycles in Morgan Hill, California, we focused our effort specifically for the people of Lebialem, Cameroon. Lebialem is a densely forested, tropical region, populated by small secluded villages. As there are no paved roads, walking is the main form of transportation. Most people in this rural area are farmers, particularly small one acre plots within 5 miles of their homes. They then travel the 7 - 10 km to market to sell their crops for income.

Project Research Environment: • Lebialem is a tropic area • Rain falls most of the year • Terrain is mountainous • Villages are small and secluded

Farming:

• Women do most farming • Most farms less than 1 acre • Used primarily for sustenance • Raise bees for honey • Crops vary region to region • Fotem - Cocoa, cassava, Transportation: • Less than 10% of roads are paved coco yams, coffee • Wabane - Palm oil, • Few people have cars potatoes, sweet potato • Walking is the main form of • Alou - Beans, palm wine, Irish Transportation potatoes, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes

Economic Status: • Most people in that area live on less than two dollars a day • Most people make living off land

Market: • Average resident in Lebialem travels 1-2 hours to market. • Mainly use a barter system


Initial Ideation Based on existing form of transportation, we started off with variety of concept sketches. Farming, traveling, and road condition issues needed to be considered in our conceptualization.

Goals • Improve on existing forms of transportation • Provide basic cart platform to customizing • Increase earning potential of citizens • Robust form / simple mechanics

Challenges • Small dirt roads • Transportation of goods • Medical services often far away


We decided to further pursue the side cart as our final direction after speaking with the Specialized Design Team. It was the most feasible concept with potentially simple and inexpensive materials and manufacturing processes.

Design Objectives - Create a stable cart platform to carry people / goods to and from market - Design Cart to attach to any bicycle for added mobility - Structural frame w/ oversized wheels and simple mechanics - Modular design for customizing depending on specific needs of user


Physical prototype Kickstand

Sub-frame Assembly

Universal Headtube Mount


Amigo in Action: Utility Cart to Bicycle Sidecart

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Start with utility cart

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Remove left wheel

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Phantom pc tower

Overview Design for Manufacturing

Design a PC Tower built around the specific needs of a user in both low and high volume versions. Materials, Manufacturing, and Finishing Process all need to be considered in the design and ultimately control the overall cost, scale, and budget of the finished product. The low volume version will enable the use of expensive manufacturing process and secondary operations combined with high end materials. This results in a high quality product at a low production. The high volume version is quite the opposite. Initial tooling cost for manufacturing are significantly higher but the low part cost and high volume production produce an affordable product.


User

Anderson Hawthorne is an Art Studio owner in New York City. Specializing in fine arts and clothing design, he uses this studio as a workspace and gallery for his products.

This specific user needed something that reflected his profession as an art gallery and design studio owner. Interacting with clients everyday in this gallery, the computer itself needed to be something he could showcase.

market

Looking at current PC cases on the Market, the bulky, box shape was the most prevalent. The black plastic and sheetmetal looked tacky, and unnecessary accent lighting only added insult to injury.


Sketch exploration

Through inspiration from user to material swatches, the design needed a rich industrial feel while still maintaining the clean aesthetic of it’s environment


Low tooling cost, high part cost

Manufactured using carbon fiber, stainless steel, and titanium, the low volume version is crafted almost completely by hand. Wet lay up, brake bending, and CNC milling don’t require much tooling but can be quite time consuming.

COVER - .0625 WALL BRAKE BENT / MACHINED ALUMINUM

FRAME - .125 WALL PRE-PREGNATED CARBON FIBER WEAVE

AIR VENTS - .25 WALL MACHINED TITANIUM

POWER BUTTON - MACHINED ALUMINUM BILLET DOOR - .125 WALL PRE-PREGNATED CARBON FIBER WEAVE

USB PORTS - OEM COMPONENT

SUBFRAME - .0625 WALL STAMPED SHEETMETAL SUBFRAME FEET


MAIN COVER - .125 WALL INJ MOLDED ABS PLASTIC

FRAME - .0625 WALL STAMPED ALUMINUM SHEET

DISC DRIVE OPENING

ACCESS DOOR - .125 WALL INJ MOLDED ABS PLASTIC

POWER BUTTON - ABS INJECTION MOLDED PLASTIC USB PORTS - OEM COMPONENT

SUBFRAME FEET

High tooling cost, low part cost

SUBFRAME - .0625 WALL STAMPED SHEETMETAL

Injection molded ABS plastic and stamped aluminum sheet are utilized for the high volume version. Very little secondary operations are required, but these processes can be limiting to the overall design.


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