Monthly Archives: September 2009

Project 2 (simple mechanism)

As the title might suggest, the new project for our studio is a simple mechanism. A “simple mechanism” is defined as: a product that uses a simple machine or component to accomplish a task. We are tasked with redesigning an existing simple mechanism, but that doesn’t mean that the redesign has to look like its predecessor. The inherent challenge of this project is not to just redesign a product. the emphasis must be to fix an existing problem, not just make another variant of the same thing. For example, a 3-hole punch could be redesigned to be high-density clear acrylic, to let the user actually see where the holes are going to be in relation to their paper.

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I have chosen a clipboard as my project. There have been many redesigns of clipboards, some of them good and some not. I’m not afraid of utilizing good ideas, (and I probably will) but I do want some thing that looks different. I’m not sure what that means yet.

Get excited for the endless potential that is a new project!

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Lamp, complete.

firstnight_99_15Whew. The lamp project is done.  Above,  you can see my design prototype. I’m actually very happy with it. Thanks to the power of Duplicolor auto paint, I got a very professional finish. I’d say that my lamp was definitely one of the most comprehensively made lamps in our class.

Even though I had a wedding cut into the last 3 days, I’d say that this was the most well time-managed project I’ve ever had. I guess it’s true that a lack of time really forces you to schedule you time wisely.

It will go on display in the GT College of Architecture for the upcoming Family Weekend.

Here are some more images, including the lamp during my presentation.

Still working on the lighting project.

Yes, the project is under full swing. However, My personal schedule for this project is a little bit accelerated, due to me missing the three days before the presentation. So everyone know what that means… no finishing up at the last minute. Which is a good thing, I guess.

It worried me a bit, but since I planned out my accelerated schedule two weeks ago, (and I am somehow still on track) I’m not too worried. On the docket next is a material and color study (partially shown below), and then I begin the process of building the prototype. Keep in mind that this is a working prototype, so we all must delve into the realm of electrical wiring. But the guys at Ack Supply, a local electronics parts store, have been very helpful to me, so I should be able to make something that won’t burn the building down.

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Anyway, I have some of the parts on will-call at McMaster-Carr and some other parts I’ll have to pick up at the local Home Depot. Getting simple shaped parts for your prototype that are pre-made can be more expensive than making everything by hand, but in the end, you spend more time getting to the level of quality making tubes, etc. by hand than you really need to. And, as with any project, time is always in short demand.

Well. It’s time for some sleep… for tomorrow, the crafting begins.