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...and salutations. You probably don’t know anything about me, and that’s totally cool. My name is Charlie Pham and I’m an industrial designer. I primarily do a lot of 3D modeling and rendering, however, I do branch out and do concept sketches as well. I’m a cosplayer first and formost and my craft is my passion. It’s a pleasure to meet you!


CONTENTS

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Gemitus

Acu.Ami

pHish

Grip Cap

Icepick

The Green Box


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The Gemitus provides a comfy, space saving solution for those who are in need of more storage. The built in cubby can fit anything from a duffle bag to a few throw pillows and a small blanket. The leaning magazine rack can even hold a 15� laptop and several hardcover books. The Gemitus will suit everyone’s needs with its customizable cushion and custom finish.

GEMITUS


Stylish and functional. Conceptualize and create a stool that meets both of these criteria. Consider adding other features to make the product stand out from the crowd without making it seem too out of place in somebody’s living room. It can be no shorter than 13 inches, no taller than 17; it may have a backrest. The purpose of this product is to create a stool that showcases both aesthetics and functionality while showing knowledge on how to cut out and assemble the pieces using a CNC machine, specifically a ShopBot.

BRIEF


The selling point of Gemitus is its storage capabilities. Stools and chairs with built in storage were researched and used as reference. Comfort and usability were something that was also considered when conceptualizing Gemitus. Different cushions and upholstery techniques were observed.

INSPIRATION


SKETCHES


Four prototypes were created to test proportions and possible seat designs. Cardboard, wood and scrap fabric were used, and all prototypes are 5� tall and 5.5� wide, with minor adjustments.

PROTOTYPES


. Waiting

The process included 3D modeling the chair, creating a path that the ShopBot CNC machine could read and actually cutting the wood into 13 pieces.


. Assembly

. Finishing

. Sanding

. Upholstery

The pieces are then sanded down with 600 grit sand paper before priming and staining. Two coats of espresso colored stain was applied to each piece, then after a week of drying, a coat of semi-gloss varnish was added.

PROCESS


Removable seat cushion.

“Shelf” can fit a normal sized backpack or duffel bag.

Slanted design and “teeth” allow user to lean objects against the stool.

FEATURES


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A friendly face with soft and round features, the Acu.Ami, or Cactus Friend, is a friend to all kids who are afraid of the dark. It comes in seven bright colors with different facial expressions to suit every child’s mood. The Acu.Ami is super durable, being made of a hard plastic with a soft rubber shell. It can handle just about anything!

Acu.Ami


Create a lamp housing for a lighting fixture of your choice. The housing itself can be any shape, size and style, as long as it can fit around and house the lighting fixture and lightbulb. The purpose of this project is to explore forms and materialize it in the form of a 3D printed object.

BRIEF


The inspiration for this lamp is from very cute and round children’s toys, primarily toys for children ages 2-4. The rounded edges and non-menacing shapes also make it simple for faces to be added to it. The face itself was just a cute addition and is inspired by characters like Hello Kitty and Rillakkuma.

INSPIRATION


Round and soft designs were the main driving force for this project. Different types of materials ranging from plastic, rubber and fabric were considered and encorporated into the design.


SKETCHES


Solidworks was used to 3D model the prototype. The prototype itself is printed in two solid halves with white filament. It is 2.5 inches tall and took 5 hours to print fully after 2 failed attempts. Adjustments were made with the wall thickness for the final product because the pot in the prototype was too fragile.


PROTOTYPES


Lamp comes with various facial expressions

Light illuminates through colored, transparent plastic

Houses lamp fixture

FEATURES


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Keeping the proper pH levels is essential in keeping fish alive, but there’s no way of telling what the pH is at all times. Not until pHish, anyway; it’s a leave in pH meter that will monitor the tank’s pH levels at all times. pHish will make keeping fish alive seem effortless. Installation is quick and easy and it’s simple and discreet design will make it fit in with any type of fish decore.

pHish


Hundreds, even thousands, of different pet products exist on the market, however, there are issues that pet owners face that don’t have a solution in the form of a product. Through research, observations and interviews, design a pet product that tackles common issues that pet owners have, whether it’s cats, dogs, amphibians or rodents.

BRIEF


The inspiration for the pHish is relatively straightforward, in comparison to other projects. The main focus was functionality rather than aesthetics; the pHish is supposed to fit into any fish owner’s aquarium without looking too flashy, tacky or out of place. Other fish products were looked at and evaluated and the sleek and minimalist design was based off of that.

INSPIRATION


Several different products were conceptualized before the pHish was created. Filters, thermometers and automatic feeders were some of those ideas. The pHish also went through several different looks and phases before the double reader idea was decided on.

SKETCHES


All prototypes were made with low density pink foam and sanded down to at least a 800 grit finish. Some were primed. These prototypes were created early on in the project and show the range of products that were conceptualized but were never fully developed.

PROTOTYPES


After the final concept was decided, a final sketch with orthographic views was created so there would be a reference for the final model. The final model was created with low density pink foam, acrylic and magnets. While it isn’t functional at the slightest, it gives a good estimate of how the actual product will look and feel like.


PROCESS


Magnets make installation easy and simple

pHish is an easy to install, easy to use pH detection device that will make monitoring the aquarium that much easier. Installation is as easy as taking it out of its box, turning it on and aligning the two magnet pieces on opposite sides of the tank. It’s simple design won’t disrupt the tank’s appearance and fits in just fine with other fish tank equipment.

pH level displayed in big, bold numbers

Submerge and forget it; it will keep monitoring pH levels

FEATURES


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The industry standard bottle cap is small and easy to open, for the most part, but unfortunately, it’s not reusable. The Grip Cap, on the other hand, is easy to open and easily reusable. It has a bigger surface area, to better fit hands of all shapes and sizes, and four ‘prongs’ like grip onto the bottle’s lip. The rubber seal on the inside keeps the soda fresh and delicious.

Grip Cap


This product was created for the Pelliconi bottle cap design contest that ran during the spring of 2018. Pelliconi’s requirements were that the bottle cap be interactive and encourage community and ease of use. It should be fun and attention grabbing in some way.

BRIEF


Most bottle caps don’t allow the user to reseal the bottle when they can’t finish it or when they want to save the rest of their beverage for later. My inspiration came from the idea that the user should be able to reuse the bottle cap and reseal it whenever they want to. Wine corks were thought of while designing this product.

INSPIRATION


Some ideas involved making the actual bottle cap interesting and fun to look at while others played with how the bottle would be opened. All designs would encorporate a plastic cap with a rubber stopper to keep the carbonation fresh.


SKETCHES


The Grip Cap encorporates Pelliconi’s colors and logo. The cap itself is made of PETE and has a rubber rim on the inner cap to keep the freshness in. The little arms protruding out of the sides of the cap are made of HDPE and they are meant to keep the cap in place, this allows the user to recycle both the cap and bottle simuntaneously.

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