Monday, May 23, 2005

This is my Product 1 final presentation and the result of my 1st 2 years of industrial design. I have finally completed my 1st actual product design course combining skills of modelmaking, sketching & rendering, as well as computer graphic design/ layout backed by lots of research. The assignment was camping gear. Behold the Gerber LiteWave knife. This light titanium core knife is designed and targeted for the young active climber/hiker. This knife was designed to deliver just the right amount of functionality to its target market. 1st and foremost it is a knife, featuring a partially serrated steel tanto style blade with assisted opening action made available using a torsion spring and lock bearing. It's secondary functions include an L.E.D. with 4 distinctly different light patterns (low, high, blink, and SOS), A Phillips head screwdriver, a flat head screwdriver, and a fold away large hook for carabineer use. The knife comes in black and 4 different secondary colors (blue, red, green, and yellow) as well as left and right handed versions. Sporty looks and great ergonomics make the LiteWave knife inviting to have in the hand and comfortable. The strength and styling of the tanto blade in contrast keeps the LiteWave knife from losing its feeling of a powerful tool.

For my 1st actual full on product presentation I think it went quite well. My presentation boards were very large and easy to read. I used risers to help my presentation pop off the background even more. The table the model is sitting on is just a spray-painted piece of foam core with paper backing (looks like steel or something). I made the model from Renshape (synthetic wood), laser cut acrylic blade/tools, and a lot of bondo. The L.E.D. actually does work when you press it down and is quite bright. And yes that is track lighting on the ceiling. And no I didn't whittle the stick with the knife model. In terms of presentation mine really stood out from the crowd, as for the product would you buy one?
Here is a better view of the LiteWave knife model.
Here is K-bot (named after the K'nex toy used to build the body). I built this robot on my spare time this semester. The schematic is based on the "herbie" robot from the "junkbots" book. It is a line following/ light-seeking (phototropic) robot. It is powered by a 9v battery and driven by 2 clear servo motors modified to spin continuously. Since this robot was built with k'nex the light sensor arms can be places on may different positions including reversed and aimed downwards so that it can follow black lines on white paper. When the touch sensors on the front are activated the robot travels backwards for a short period of time then forward again via a relay and capacitor. Out of coincidence I was able to participate again in the Design problem solving classes final assignment, a line following robot that can navigate a maze collect balls and avoid mousetraps. With some slight tinkering I was able to get K-bot running excellently through the maze. He wasn’t the fastest but he managed to collect the most magnetic balls (4) and still have a respectable time. Unlike most of the other robots K-bot had touch sensors and was configurable to run as a phototropic robot as well. It's really neat little bot.

These goggles are the result of 3 weeks hard work on the most ambitious model I have ever built. They were created for the final assignment in modelmaking 2, eyewear from scratch. You might remember this design from my Design Drawing 2 final posts. It is almost identical to those drawings done last year. The concept is the same as well. Extreme goggles for extreme mountain climbing situations. The high points of these goggles are that they not only look like the concept but with 3 brass tubing hinges they also work like the concept. As you can see the initial front lenses fold out and away for quick emergency clear vision. The only things sourced on this model are the strap and logo. The goggles themselves are made of Renshape (synthetic wood material), the top vents are lazercut pieces of acrylic, the goggle backing is vacuum molded styrene, the liner is a cut piece of Neoprene (wet suit material), and the lenses are clear styrene laboriously cut and sanded to fit into small grooves in the goggle frame. You can't see it in the pictures but the strap actually says UVEX as well adding to the very realistic look of the model. Overall I am very pleased with the outcome.