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A Nifty Folding Camping Table

Core 77 - Wed, 2024-06-12 03:45

This diminutive Odoru Table Circle is designed for camping. It folds flat and is easy to assemble, relying on tensegrity.

The material is (obviously) OSB, and the legs are (surprisingly) stainless steel. I'd have guessed aluminum.

The table diameter is 240mm (9.4").

These are in production by Japanese camping gear manufacturer Fukasaku Base, and run ¥6,750 (USD $43).

Fantastic Industrial Design Student Work: Turning Undesirable Lumber Into Furniture

Core 77 - Wed, 2024-06-12 03:45

This fantastic Kouéno project is by Lucas Hosteing, done as his Product Design Masters diploma project at ECAL.

"During my cabinetmaking studies in 2016, I discovered slabwood, which is the name given to the edge pieces milled from a saw log. Slabwood is flat on one side and convex on the other. Because of its asymmetrical and irregular shape, it is discarded by woodworkers. The abundant offcuts from sawmills are sold at a low price, CHF 1 (USD $1.11) per linear metre of wood."Seven years after my cabinetmaking studies, I started to think about this unexploited material. Going against the tradition of working with pristine wood, my research resulted in a collection of benches."

"The planks are mitre-cut to create different volumes. Geometric extrusions of inverted trees are transformed into seats. In this way, slabwood is integrated into our interiors in its rawest form."

Form Follows Function: Gokin Tent Pegs

Core 77 - Wed, 2024-06-12 03:45

Hailing from Japan, these cast aluminum Gokin Pegs have had their forms tweaked to improve the UX.

The shafts are fluted, allowing them to slide into hard ground easier.

The heads are tetrapod-shaped. This provides a wider hitting surface for the mallet.

The shape of the heads is also finger-friendly, making the pegs easier to pull out.

The tetrapod protrudes enough to keep a rope from slipping off, but the hole adds extra versatility. They also allow you to string a bunch of these together for carrying or storage.

They're available in both rough or polished finishes.

Great design overall.

The Tulipan Pod: A One-Person Workspace You Can Close for Privacy

Core 77 - Wed, 2024-06-12 03:45

Danish furniture brand +Halle has unveiled their new Tulipan Pod, a soft-sided, enclosable workspace. In their words, it's "a piece of furniture that offers a moment of separateness without the feeling of closing the door on its surroundings."

"Developed by London-based design studio Industrial Facility in response to our 4th Annual Briefing* based on the theme of 'defining', TULIPAN suggests a softer form for private space in the open plan. It's not a room per se. Neither is it a phone booth. Instead, it's a micro-quiet space where a comfortable seat and a small table work together to form an imminent architectural element."

Apologies for the lack of a link to the product; at press time the Tulipan Pod was not yet up on +Halle's website.


*The company holds annual briefings with designers, urban planners, architects and behavioral scientists. These are mini think-tanks where they investigate themes based on human behavior in public spaces.

One House Built in Four Different Styles

Core 77 - Wed, 2024-06-12 03:45

When is a house a history lesson? This beautiful Trolltind Cabin in Norway, by architecture firm Rever & Drage, combines building techniques from different centuries. Each of the house's four sections is essentially a showcase of how timber was fit together during a specific era.

"This is first and foremost a robust heavy duty cabin with high quality traditional craftmanship and local timber being used throughout. It uses a traditional layout with a connecting row of different buildings styles and with materials and techniques corresponding with the different indoor functions, the weather conditions they must handle as well as their representative status. The choice of durable materials and a construction to fit the terrain, will give the cabin a long life, even in the harsh weather conditions of this high mountain valley. The cabin is practically designed for an active outdoor family with a lot of equipment and the need for a comfortable place to change before and after hiking and skiing trips and not the least to provide a drying area for wet clothes. The building is further tailor-made to transport wet hikers from the glassed-in garage via a laundry area, bathroom and kitchen to a soft sofa by the fireplace with a wide panorama window."

"The glassed-in garage will also function as a storage room, fitness/workout room, workshop and conservatory. In this room all the traditional wooden joints are exposed and well lit. From the conservatory the nearby scenic peak of Ryssdalsnebba can be observed to the south. In good weather the doors can be opened both to the west and east to make a seamless transition between the safe shelter of the cabin and the wilderness at the doorstep. To the north is a large bedroom, or small dormitory, with a large window in the gables to observe the northern lights."

"The living room has a barrel vault ceiling which defines a distinct scene with the fireplace and panorama window underneath. The low position of the window emphasizes that this is a room to sit and relax. Adjacent to the living room are two small rooms which can function either as an extra bedroom or workplace."

"Between the two small rooms is a representative entrance with a gable fronted dormer to indicate that this is the entrance for visitors as opposed to the more profane entrance through the garage. The kitchen is airy and comfortable with a dining table and terrace door to the east."

"To the west small windows are recessed in the timber to provide daylight as well as a view of the driveway. The bathroom has the same type of recessed windows to allow daylight and afternoon sun in, but without being too exposed."

"The outside composition is that of a traditional row farm (cluster farm) where buildings with different functions and different construction techniques are arranged in a line corresponding with the dominant direction of wind. The obligation to the whole is maintained by common coloration in a deep, dark green, tar based timber oil, as well as the common direction of their gabled roofs. At the same time each of the units has its own character as presented by their building technique and window type."

"Furthest north the notching technique is late medieval with large, narrowing logs. The living room is built with more elegant 19th century notched logs, while the kitchen has slim, more modern, square logs with dovetail notches. Furthest south is the garage, built in a local timber frame technique and clad with transparent polycarbonate. In the western facade of the building the individual characters of the different units are most obvious, while in the eastern facade their coherence and the cabin as a whole is more prominent. The cabin is in this respect can be seen as both a single unit and four separate buildings."

The Spacetop, a No-Screen Laptop, Now Coming to Market

Core 77 - Wed, 2024-06-12 03:45

It's been just over a year since tech startup Sightful announced their Spacetop, a laptop with no screen. Instead the user dons a pair of AR glasses that are wired to the keyboard, and which reportedly deliver a 100" virtual display with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution.

The company says the Spacetop is now ready for prime time. They've updated the form a bit. The previous prototype looked like this:

As for what the current version looks like when closed, well, I think the company knows the new form is problematic; there are virtually no good shots of the device's closed profile in their marketing materials.

All of the clear product images show it in the open position.

You can kind of get a look at it, closed, in the demo video:

It doesn't look very bag-friendly. That said, I think the killer app for this design would be use on airplanes.

The Spacetop is currently up for pre-order. The units run $1,900 and are scheduled to ship in October.

Australian Industrial Design Yields an Articulating Bicycle Seat

Core 77 - Wed, 2024-06-12 03:45

Robin Macan, a civil engineer in Australia, wondered: "Why hasn't someone invented a comfortable bicycle seat?" The central flaw with every bicycle seat on the market, Macan concluded, was that "No amount of cushioning can compensate for the inherent pain points on the human body."

Macan came up with an idea for an articulating bicycle seat, and worked up a rough prototype. The Inventors Association of Australia, a nonprofit that provides networking and support for inventors, holds regular meetings; Macan brought his prototype to one, seeking help. At the meeting, he connected with industrial designer Philippe Guichard, and the two began to collaborate on the design.

After two years of work, Macan and Guichard joined forces with Whistle, an Australian industrial design and engineering firm. Together they brought the project over the finish line. Macan's company, AtaraxyBSC, is now preparing to launch the vabsRider seat. The company calls it "the ideal bike saddle: dynamic, flowing, in motion with your body and pain-free."

"The vabsRiderTM transfers the pressure from the sit bones to the femurs ensuring an evenly distributed load."

"The innovative split seat design allows for individual movement of the legs, rotating around the hip joints on an axis that is virtual to the seat."

Here's what it looks like in action:

The company is currently conducting public testing, holding events at velodromes. At press time no release date had been announced.

Sponsored: Design Faster Without Sacrificing Quality: How Product Design Teams Can Meet This Modern Demand Head On

Core 77 - Wed, 2024-06-12 03:45

Product designers are at a crossroads. According to Deloitte, one of the keys to consumer products companies thriving in the year 2024 and beyond lies in increasing product volume. To achieve this, it's imperative for design teams to adopt a faster and more efficient approach to design, iteration, and fabrication. Moreover, with the emergence of numerous competitors, the need to act swiftly has never been more crucial.

But how is it possible to meet this need to design faster along with other modern demands, like expand and diversify product lines, make sustainable considerations, and collaborate efficiently with remote, global teams, without sacrificing product quality in the end?

As design teams scramble to innovate on their toes under immense pressure, it's become clear that traditional product design tools and workflows simply don't cut it anymore. It's time for a digital transformation.

Agile product development: embracing a dynamic product design process

Product development was traditionally a siloed process that followed a linear path from concept development to design and engineering to testing and validation and to manufacturing and production. Each step along the way, from 3D modeling to simulation to CAM, would often require a different, highly expensive software to execute, leading to delays in bringing products to market and giving competitors an advantage as every day passes by.

To excel in today's competitive landscape, businesses must unlock the flexibility to seamlessly navigate between 3D modeling, simulation, drawings, CAM, PCB design and more, adapting designs as needed via an agile product development model. If a prototype doesn't work out, they need to jump back into their previous model without having to start from scratch. They need to be able to generate technical drawings to easily send out to external manufacturers. They need to quickly hop into their colleague's 3D model without having to download a hefty file via email. They need flexibility; that's the reality.

The only way to successfully embrace agile product development is to invest in a single, dynamic tool that encompasses all of these capabilities and more under one roof, enabling a true digital transformation. Modern product designers recognize that the process of bringing products to life is no longer linear—and they understand that their tools shouldn't be either. Real-time collaboration is key, as is the ability to hop from one tool to the next without time-consuming file transfers or manual updates needed every step of the way.

Autodesk Fusion: your gateway to agile product development

Autodesk Fusion is a cloud-based CAD, CAM, CAE, and PCB design software that enables seamless collaboration between designers, engineers, machinists, and other stakeholders. Fusion empowers designers to quickly iterate and refine their designs. Its intuitive interface and robust design tools enable rapid prototyping and exploration of multiple design options. With Fusion, designers can easily make changes, evaluate impact, and iterate on their designs in a flexible and agile manner. This accelerates the design process while ensuring that the final product meets the desired requirements.

"We're already planning for our next generation of equipment that we will design with Fusion," says Ari Pinkas, Co-founder, ORA Graphene Audio. "Last year, we were selling just a couple hundred parts per month and worked from what was essentially a closet. Now we're selling 20-40,000 per month and building a factory to produce at scale."

Fusion's integration of design, engineering and manufacturing tools eliminates the need for separate software or manual data transfer, saving time and reducing errors. It allows teams to work concurrently on the same project, facilitating real-time communication, feedback, and version control. This streamlines the collaboration process making it easy for teams to hop back and forth between stages of product development as their projects naturally evolve.

Image courtesy of Moose Toys.

Additionally, online and offline access to projects anytime, anywhere enables remote, global teams to communicate no matter the circumstances. And for design firms that collaborate with external manufacturers, Fusion makes it easy to share technical drawings with contractors and collaborators.

"Fusion offer[s] a balance where there were enough tools for the mechanical design engineers to do what we needed to do, such as simulating mechanisms and designing all the gearboxes and linkages. But it also still had the right tools for the product designers to be able to sculpt shapes," says Carl Budd, Engineering Manager, Moose Toys

Leveraging automation for faster time-to-market

With over 10 years of researching and exploring AI-powered solutions and automation for the design and manufacturing industries, Autodesk has established itself as a frontrunner in the space. Fusion, in particular offers a variety of automated tools that empower teams to bring unprecedented flexibility to their design and manufacturing workflows.

For designers and engineers, Drawing automation is a game-changing tool that saves teams significant time by automating the tedious steps of creating technical drawings. Configurations provide an intelligent way to maximize the utility of parametric designs by enabling teams to create and manage multiple design variations from a single, unified model. Additionally, generative design and automated modeling are AI-powered tools that help professionals improve design productivity and unlock new design ideas faster than ever.

"Fusion has allowed us to be braver in our work. What I mean by that is, we could grow our design team and pitch new projects without any concern about where we would find more money for additional licenses. Without Fusion, growth would have been much riskier."— Gethin Roberts, Founder, ITERATE

On the manufacturing side of product development, the demand for faster processes to improve efficiency and throughput has never been higher. The CloudNC CAM Assist Automation Add-in for Fusion 360 translates 3D models of 3-axis components into machining strategies in seconds to help teams meet these high demands.

Face modern product design challenges head-on

By leveraging agile product development and Autodesk Fusion, design teams can unlock their full potential in the competitive consumer product sector, stay ahead of the competition, and meet the ever-changing demands of customers. The path to success lies in breaking free from the constraints of traditional methods and embracing a flexible future.

Ready to embrace an integrated product design experience? Try Autodesk Fusion today.

A Creative Take on Tambour Cabinets

Core 77 - Wed, 2024-06-12 03:45

Jef and Jess Behnke run Two Moose Design, a custom furniture design/build shop in Wisconsin. Their product lineup contains a lot of CNC-inlaid cutting boards, like these. (You may remember this style of fabrication from our look at Broinwood.)

The husband-and-wife team like to experiment, and they recently developed this beautiful take on tambour panels for cabinets:

Here's the full build video:

The Behnkes also sell plans to their designs, including the cabinet above. If you're interested, they're here.

Core77 Weekly Roundup (6-3-24 to 6-7-24)

Core 77 - Wed, 2024-06-12 03:45

Here's what we looked at this week:

Industrial designer Dani Clode's easy-to-use Third Thumb.

Toyota does the right thing and supports their suppliers.

Building Olympic swimming pools inside a football stadium. 2024 version of flooding the Colosseum.

Human Mobile Devices' inexpensive smartphones are designed to be repaired.

These Lego-like PLAEX-Crete blocks, made from 90% waste, are a fast-install cinderblock alternative. No mortar required, can be disassembled and re-used.

What a CNC hot wire cutter can do, as programmed by "technoemotional designer" Diego Garcia Cuevas.

Mavimatta's expressive Metamorfosi is a chair, side table or book rack.

These beautiful, neo-Rams-ian audio product designs are by industrial designers Nicolai Toma and David Knop.

This fun Arnold II restaurant robot is by videogame concept artist Junjie Yin.

This line of Hedgehog Dryers is something like the Dyson of glove and boot dryers.

(Tons of) isometric views of gamers' dream rooms.

Tesco is laser-etching avocados to save on packaging waste.

Kaare Klint's Propellor Stool: Did one of his students design it?

Everyday Assistive Furniture: SNILD, a gorgeous walking stick/folding stool by designer/builder Anker Bak.

The Instax Square Link: A smartphone printer that spits out Polaroid-like prints.

In Japan, an initiative to connect female farmers with manufacturers has yielded these UX improvements to the muck boot.

Behold the Minibago, a pint-sized camper by Toy Factory Fabrication.

The SnorriCam Sputnik is a crazy on-body camera rig that provides pivoting POVs.

Industrial design case study: Steering wheel explorations by ID firm Mixer Design.

Industrial Design Case Study: Experimental Steering Wheels

Core 77 - Wed, 2024-06-12 03:45

Here's an example of the exploratory behind-the-scenes projects that industrial design firms occasionally get. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (prior to the merger that created Stellantis) hired ID consultancy Mixer Design to do these hi-tech steering wheel design studies.

FCA Steering Wheel Design Study"The visual relationship of the steering wheel and the instrument panel has always been uneasy. As steering assemblies added more and more features they increased obstruction of the dashboard displays. Mixer was asked to study and reimagine the steering wheel assembly with particular attention to reduce visual occlusion of dashboard displays. This activity employed the expertise of our entire team."

Profiles in Form"After extensive study of existing and historical configurations, our designers explored a wide range of familiar and unfamiliar ergonomic form-factors. We also broke from the established locations of dashboard displays by experimenting with more visual information moved to the steering wheel assemblies."

Testing Theories

"The best way to learn about our concepts' success was to test them with actual drivers. It would not be safe to do this on the open road, so we engineered some of the more promising designs and installed them into room-sized digital driving simulators."

Reference Designs"The results were analyzed after testing numerous subjects. The information gleaned from our efforts were ranked and the most successful features were recorded to establish design guidelines for future vehicle developments."

You can see more of Mixer Design's work here.

This Crazy On-Body Camera Rig Provides Pivoting POVs

Core 77 - Wed, 2024-06-12 03:45

The Steadicam, invented by Garrett Brown in 1975, revolutionized cinematography.

The SnorriCam, invented by Icelandic filmmakers Einar & Eiður Snorri (a/k/a the Snorri Bros) in the mid-'90s, offloaded the camera to the actor's body. A sort of hands-free selfie stick, it allows the filmmaker to fix the actor in the center of the frame as they move around. Everyone from Darren Aronofsky to Marvel Studios has used it.

Test footage from the '90s:

More recently the Snorri Bros invented a follow-up, the SnorriCam Sputnik:

This ingenious rig allows for footage of both the actor and the actor's POV, thanks to the pivot:

Here it is being used on the set of Bad Boys 4:

Confusing fun fact #1: Despite operating as the Snorri Bros, and despite having identical last names and similar first names, Einar & Eiður Snorri are actually not related.

Confusing fun fact #2: There are apparently two different ways to pronounce "Eiður." I can't reproduce either of them.

Pint-Sized Camper: The Minibago

Core 77 - Wed, 2024-06-12 03:45

Travis Moore owns Toy Factory Fabrication, a custom fabrication shop in Washington state. On a lark, Moore and his team spent four weeks building this Minibago:

Gotta love that logo.

Moore says he built the Minibago to "inspire kids to get off of their devices and get out there and make something cool."

It's built atop a Yamaha golf cart. Moore and co. welded up the frame, boxed it with wood to make templates, then crafted the body out of aluminum.

After bringing the Minibago to car shows including SEMA and the L.A. Roadster Show, Moore found the response was tremendous. He says he now plans to tour the country with it.

Here's a closer look, and an interview with Moore accompanied by his trusty dog:

UX Improvements to the Muck Boot

Core 77 - Wed, 2024-06-12 03:45

As I'm on a farm, muck boots are an indispensable daily-use object for me. They're simple, cheap and effective. But they have their pain points.

The first is that the material is always super stiff. The ankles don't bend well, making squatting and kneeling difficult. The stiffness also means you cannot easily and safely drive with them; the top lip of the boot can get wedged on the front of your seat, effectively locking your foot onto the pedal.

Secondly, getting them off can be a chore; you don't want to grab the bottom since that's the part covered in muck, so you kind of grab the top lip with both hands and shimmy your foot to release it.

Thirdly, they need to be worn with pants that go over them, not into them. I wear rubber coveralls. If you wear pants that go into the boot, eventually a load of liquid (or worse) makes its way inside the boot, where it pools at the bottom, having no place to go. Now you're working with soaked feet, and this defeats the purpose of wearing the boot in the first place.

Japanese footwear manufacturer Moonstar has addressed these, with the help of some female farmers. Fukuoka Prefecture organized an Agricultural Women's Project where these farmers were able to work directly with manufacturers to improve their products. The result is this Realiser muck boot, which features softer material in the body, and can of course be worn by both sexes.

I'll provide a rough translation of the captions:

"Comfortable even for squatting work."

"Easy to remove: Step on this part with the opposite foot."

"Gaiter keeps out dirt and other materials."

"Folds compactly and is convenient to carry."

The Realisers run ¥6,380, or USD $41, which is ten bucks more than the boots I get from Walmart. If these were distributed here, I'd gladly pay it.

The Instax Square Link: A Smartphone Printer, for Polaroid-like Prints

Core 77 - Wed, 2024-06-12 03:45

In the age of digital photography, how do you increase film sales? Fujifilm's clever bid is the Instax Square Link, a portable smartphone printer. It's essentially the Polaroid experience, with your smartphone's camera.

It is admittedly nifty that you can snap a photo, message it to your friend on the other side of the world, and then they can print it out (using the company's Instax Connect app).

There are, however, some contrived limitations to the system. Photos can only be printed via the app, a maximum of 20 times; they can be downloaded from the app a maximum of eight times; and the images disappear from the app after a month.

The Instax Square Link runs $140, and uses Fujifilm's Instax Square instant film, which run $20 for 20 exposures.

The Conveying Compass: Types of Conveyors in Factory Automation

Design News - Tue, 2024-06-11 13:41
Conveyors vary to fit use, yet fast and smart are the trends that support increased throughput.

Simulation Key to Future Engineering

Design News - Tue, 2024-06-11 11:00
Recent webinar discusses how simulation helped companies develop better, more reliable products.

Ronawk and B9Creations Accelerate Bioprinted Hydrogels

Design News - Tue, 2024-06-11 10:24
Ronawk is working with B9Creations to develop therapies for personalized medicine using 3D bio printing to automate and mass produce Ronawk’s Bio-Blocks.

ZF Partners with NXP for Silicon Carbide EV Traction Inverters

Design News - Tue, 2024-06-11 08:55
More efficient 800-volt architectures depend on silicon carbide semiconductors.

Everyday Assistive Furniture: This Gorgeous Walking Stick/Folding Stool

Core 77 - Tue, 2024-06-11 03:38

This beautiful piece of design and craftsmanship is by Anker Bak. The Danish designer/builder focuses on EAF, or Everday Assistive Furniture, which he describes as "dignified furniture that applies the conventions and craftmanship of traditional Danish design to the mobility aid market, giving people products they can use with pride and hand down to future generations."

"Through my work in designing more dignified furniture, I had a focus group that included Karen. Karen, who has multiple sclerosis, experiences difficulties with balance and standing for extended periods as she quickly becomes fatigued. One day, she expressed to me her desire for a 'good friend' she could always lean on and sit on when she gets tired. I pondered for a long time on how to solve this challenge for her, but one thing was certain – I had to try to design her 'new friend.'""Carrying a stool around is not very convenient, so I wanted to give her a two-in-one product she could also use when walking."

"It's named SNILD, Danish for handy or dextrous, and is a simple prototype that I hope can help solve a big problem for many people."

"SNILD is made from a single piece of solid ash wood split down the middle and assembled by six brass bolts, making it easy to unfold from cane to stool. The rounded handle shape gives SNILD both a tactile form and feel, while the two legs are secured by natural rubber feet. The stool seat is made of genuine leather, making the seat cane durable and comfortable."

"SNILD is inspired by Kaare Klint's vision of the ideal fold, seen in the way the two intersecting, propeller-shaped legs and handles form a perfectly round rod when used as a cane.

"SNILD is a handy and elegant piece of Everyday Assistive Furniture (EAF) you can bring and use wherever and whenever."