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Enbruto's Hache Chair, Designed to Reduce Tooling Costs

Core 77 - Fri, 2021-10-15 12:32

At design school, one of my ID professors told us this story about reducing tooling costs:

He was called in to redesign a plastic pet carrier for a client who didn't have an enormous budget. The carrier consisted of a tall top half and a shorter, tray-like bottom half that clipped to each other. My professor changed the design by moving the "equator" up so that both halves were the same, and worked out the rotational symmetry of the joint between them. With this new design, they only needed to pay for one mold, as the two halves were the same. While this doubled the production time, it allowed the client to halve their tooling costs, which was crucial for them.

I'm reminded of that by looking at this Silla Hache ("Hache Chair"), by Argentinian design firm Enbruto:

They've designed it so that two of the seatbacks make up the seat bottom, and the left and right legs are the same:

The end user may or may not notice they're the same, but whomever's paying for the tooling surely does.

Protolabs is Fueling the New Wave of Lightweight EV Batteries with 3D Printing

Design News - Fri, 2021-10-15 09:23
3D printing is one of the important tools that automakers will turn to drive forward the development of electric vehicles.

Paragon Medical Breaks Ground on Additive Manufacturing Center

Design News - Fri, 2021-10-15 08:52
Located in the heart of the “orthopedics capital of the world,” the center’s initial focus will be on manufacturing porous titanium implants to be followed by 3D printed plastic medical parts.

3D-Printed Eardrum Graft in Commercial Development

Design News - Fri, 2021-10-15 08:48
PhonoGraft technology could enable permanent repair first by mimicking and then restoring the eardrum’s sound-conducting mechanical properties and barrier functions.

Shell Super Truck Proves Fuel-Sipping Future Tech Is Available Today

Design News - Fri, 2021-10-15 00:42
Shell proved the Starship’s efficiency on a coast-to-coast drive from San Diego to Jacksonville carrying material for creating artificial reefs in the ocean, delivering hope for the future.

Need a Few Conductive Liquid Level Controllers? Supplier News Is Here to Help

Design News - Thu, 2021-10-14 19:43
This collection also includes storage solutions and an ecommerce platform.

Wife Complains of the Views, so Husband Builds Rotating House

Core 77 - Thu, 2021-10-14 10:42

In northern Bosnia, a 72-year-old man built a rotating house--to quell his wife's dissatisfaction with the views. "I've got tired of her complaints and frequent refurbishing of our family house," Vojin Kusic told Reuters, "and I said: I'll build you a rotating house so you can spin it as you wish."

Kusic DIY'd the solution using electric motors and parts from a decommissioned military transport vehicle, according to the Associated Press.

The house can be set to slowly perform a complete rotation in 24 hours, or as fast as 22 seconds.

For those who speak the language, here's a native interview with Kusic explaining the house:

Microsoft's Dual-Screen Surface Duo 2

Core 77 - Thu, 2021-10-14 10:42

With their original Surface Duo smartphone, Microsoft's industrial design team asked a great question: Do folding screens have to be contiguous? Their answer was no, and the device seemed promising, but was plagued by buggy software. Now they're looking to correct those flaws with their Surface Duo 2 smartphone, which they're releasing later this month.

As with the original, the hinge design allows the phone to be "closed" in either direction.

A slim screen along the spine illuminates when the phone rings, delivers notifications, and indicates battery level while charging.

I'm super-curious about the UI/UX: How do you set each screen, how easy is it to expand what's on one screen to both? Can you stream two separate feeds at the same time, and switch audio between them? Can this thing fold with a protective case on it? We'll have to wait for some in-depth reviews, which we expect will shortly follow the device's October 21st launch.

The Surface Duo 2 starts at $1,500 for the 128GB model, going up to a whopping $1,800 for the 512GB.

Industrial Design Student Work: The Aqua Stack Children's Toy

Core 77 - Thu, 2021-10-14 10:42

Sand was recently added as a finalist for entry into the National Toy Hall of Fame. As with many children, the material was a go-to toy for Thomas Mackisack, who combined it with another element for his childhood play. "I would spend hours trying to create intricate tunnels, absolutely fascinated by the way water could flow down the paths I laid," Mackisack writes, "only to eventually flood the pit and subsequently, my mother's neighbouring garden."

Now an Industrial Design student at New Zealand's Massey University School of Design, Mackisack revisited the idea of incorporating water into play with his Aqua Stack project. "Some of the frustrations with playing in the sandpit were mainly around water, getting it to the sandpit and controlling it," he writes. "Finding a way to contain and construct water became a starting point for the design. Additionally, finding a way to reuse the same water."

"Material choice was dictated by water. Due to the type of chemicals and processes required to make wood waterproof, I looked to plastics, exploring the potential of recycled material. I propose this toy would be injection moulded using Ocean Waste Plastic; creating a story of how a toy made from waste floating in the ocean, can have another life in better waters."

"The resulting toy is Aqua Stack. With endless potential for all little builders, the various block sizes can start upside down and stacked without water, forming an understanding of building. When ready, they can flip them over and stack them high, creating beautiful little water falls. Aqua Stack teaches simple physics principles around water pressure and gravity. Through slides, unstructured play can be expanded, and the mounting system enables accessorises like dam walls, sieves and water wheels. Additionally, the dishwasher friendly design makes it easy for parents to clean."

"Aqua stack can be used indoors, in the bath, and outside, in the sandpit of course."

Check out more of Mackisack's work here.

Reader Submitted: Unboxing

Core 77 - Thu, 2021-10-14 10:42

Can products also be their own packaging?

Yarden Tzarfati from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design explores the relationship and boundaries between packaging and the product itself, joining them together into a single whole, based on the concepts of sustainability and nomadism. The collection includes glasses that become their own packaging and carrier.

Glasses & Packaging in one productModularitythe joint on the nose allows modularitythe hinges of the glasses are made from leather which allows flexibilityView the full project here

Philippe Starck's Bent Plywood Adela Rex Chairs

Core 77 - Thu, 2021-10-14 10:42

At first I didn't think much of these chairs, but the more I look at them—particularly in the video below, where the camera moves around them—I think they're fantastic. Designed by Philippe Starck for Spanish manufacturer Andreu World, the Adela Rex chair is made from just three pieces of plywood.

Archiproducts writes that the chair's three pieces come together "like a puzzle, without fittings, screws or additional materials, making the seat and backrest interlock smoothly through curves and careful details," but in the photos below we can clearly see what I assume are holes for dowels:

I can't investigate further, as at press time the chair was not yet on Andreu World's website; as for Starck's website, I haven't been able to get it to load for the past month—is it just me? Try clicking it.

In any case, this video gives you a better look at the chairs than the stills do, and you can also see the upholstered versions, which look pretty good:

Japanese Company Purposely Designs Dull, Boring Toys

Core 77 - Thu, 2021-10-14 10:42

"Bus disembarkation button," "Shipping pallet with box and pallet jack," "pedestrian footbridge" and "subway bench seat" don't sound like the name of award-winning toys. And they're not supposed to be. Instead Toys Cabin, a Japanese toymaker, contributes to a bizarre genre of miniature toys that are supposed to be unappealing.

"You want people to ask themselves, 'Who in the world would buy this?'" company founder Yoshiaki Yamanishi told The New York Times. Last year Yamanishi designed a miniature mini-split air conditioner replica—and not even the part that goes inside the house; instead he did the outdoor part of the unit that's mounted to exterior walls, i.e. the metal box with the fan vent that's ubiquitous in Japan. This would be like Mattel selling a miniature replica of the electricity meter on the outside of your house.

The genre is called gashapon, gachapon and/or gachagacha, and it consists of tiny replicas of mundane objects that are sold inside capsules dispensed from vending machines.

Image: fukhops

Legitimately fun gachagacha exist and are purchased by children, but Toys Cabin's offerings are aimed at adults; and the Japanese sense of humor being what it is, there is an eager market for them.

Even so, "The products are not particularly profitable for most makers," according to Japanese toy columnist Hiroaki Omatsu, "but they offer designers a creative outlet and find a ready customer base in a country that has always had a taste for whimsy."

Some of Toys Cabin's offerings could be considered fun, like these "Dogbirds…."

…but for every one of those, there's a "Train station employee nametag badge" or "Miniature cassette tape."

"Creating gachapon for adults is all about devoting yourself to making something that's worthless," says Omatsu. "'This is ridiculous' is the highest form of praise."

Karim Rashid on Design Losing Ground as a Respected Profession

Core 77 - Thu, 2021-10-14 10:42

Yesterday Karim Rashid posted this 8-minute walk-and-talk, where he brings up some topics you rarely hear about: An oversaturation of design schools and designers, a high number of designers willing to work for little or free, and the effect that's having on the overall business model whereby someone pays you to add value to their product or process.

If it wasn't COVID times, I'd say watch this video, then let's meet up at the bar to discuss.

Joseph Joseph's Designey Water Bottle Lid-Capturing Solution

Core 77 - Thu, 2021-10-14 10:42

I never valued carry loops for water bottles, until I started doing regular outdoor work. Try carrying a bottle with both hands already full of tools, and you'll change your preference.

Joseph Joseph has an unusual, rather designey take on a water bottle with a carry loop. The loop is part of the cap, and sized to fit around the neck of the bottle:

The bottle is called, of course, Loop.

I don't think it's a better solution than a hinged lid, which I prefer, but I could see this product becoming a hit with people who refer to themselves as "design lovers."

How to Solve Supply Chain Issues? Biden Orders Ports to Open 24/7

Design News - Thu, 2021-10-14 05:56
In an attempt to overcome supply chain bottlenecks, President Biden asks Southern California ports to operate around the clock.

Want A Secure System? Then Think About Security at The Design Start

Design News - Thu, 2021-10-14 00:46
Do you want to design a genuinely secure system? Then it’s critical to incorporate security requirements at the start of a project, i.e., at the pre-silicon verification stage.

Seeking a Solution to Supply Chain Issues? Reshoring may be the Answer

Design News - Thu, 2021-10-14 00:41
US manufacturers are increasingly turning to reshoring to deal with supply chain problems. See what the report reveals.

Quantum Week Is Almost Here. It’s Time to Learn and Share

Design News - Thu, 2021-10-14 00:15
The quantum computing world is entangled with excitement. Dubbed IEEE Quantum Week, the event aims to bridge the gap between the science of quantum computing and the development of an industry surrounding it.

Model Facts: What you Didn’t Know About the Star Trek USS Enterprise Design

Design News - Wed, 2021-10-13 12:00
Before William Shatner flew to space on a Blue Origin rocket, Star Trek's James T. Kirk captained the fictional spaceship USS Enterprise.

Why Does It Feel Like Medtech Is Living in a Bill Murray Movie?

Design News - Wed, 2021-10-13 11:51
Forecasting the medtech market in 2021 is a bit like asking a groundhog to predict the weather.