Pipeline reworked a concept design for an arts and crafts die cutting machine to be injection moldable and to add new functionality
Industrial Designer, Mechanical Engineer
DESIGN TOOLS USED:
SolidWorks 3D CAD
- Work with existing aesthetic concept
- Incorporate complex surface modeling techniques to define mold-friendly geometry
- Rework handle for increased robustness while maintaining aesthetic design language
- Define layout and assembly protocols for component installation
SUMMARY OF ACTIVITIES
An existing customer came to Pipeline with a new design for the customer’s latest product, a roller press for the craft industry to cut, emboss and press paper, metals, fabrics and plastics. The aesthetic concept was completed, but it was not designed with manufacturing in mind, and needed to be reworked to be injection-moldable. Additional design work was needed on the handles, as well.
Using the aesthetic model as a basis, Pipeline developed from scratch the entire housing, base, suction cup, and handles. FEA was performed on the handles to ensure they would hold up to the forces applied during use. The engineering team also made several key modifications to the design to facilitate simple assembly for the now mold-friendly design. A variety of photorealistic renderings were also created to aid the customer in choosing a final color scheme for production.
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