A rain-tank concept to be used on existing drainpipes. This concept is meant to gather the rainwater, so it can be used afterwards. The focus of the project was on rotational molding, the production technique used to create this rain-tank. The rules for rotational molding had to be taken into account while designing it.
ALBERT HEIJN TROLLEY
A trolley for the Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn. Made for customers doing groceries by foot, used for carrying their bags back home. The trolley was required to carry at least 2 bags (20kg total). Production costs had to be calculated. A true scale prototype was made.
The focus during this project were foam dispensers. I needed to learn the basic principles of how they work and create a concept that works by squeezing the product. Most of the parts needed to be made using plastic injection molding (production technique), so the design-rules for this needed to be taken into account.
An essential part of all these projects is Solidworks. One of my first assignments with this program, was modeling a specific computer monitor as detailed as possible.
The modeling of this shaver required more advanced Solidworks functions. Reasons being both more complex surfaces and many small details of the shaver.
There isn't a single project in which sketches are not made. Usually simple sketching is enough to communicate basic ideas, after which complexer 3D models are made in Solidworks. Here are a few nicer sketches though.
PHOTOSHOP & ILLUSTRATOR
Both Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator have been used for several projects. The basics of both programs have been part of the Industrial Design Engineering study. This Photoshop assignment was about filling in (coloring) these existing empty sketches and creating a 3D effect.
During the first part of this project I researched the basics of how a remote control is made. After that I made my own simple remote. All parts had to be made using plastic injection molding. This is a frequently used production technique, having experience with the design-rules is important.
Having basic knowledge of an injection mold, supports designers in making parts meant to be made with the production technique. I created a mold for a part of my remote control. I learned how a mold is build and which function each part has.
DESIGN FOR ASSEMBLY
Together with another student, I chose a random product (tapeline) which we had to improve. The design had to be changed in such a way, that the assembly process of the product would be improved. The basic tools used for modern assembly lines were analyzed, and we imagined our own assembly line.
FEM (finite element method) analysis can be made within Solidworks. This lets you simulate situations in which your product is subjected to external forces, which can be very useful in certain projects. Here are some basic examples of how this looks.
This project was about mechanisms. Both a rod and cam mechanism had to be integrated in this product. A fully functional assembly was made in Solidworks, but also a real-sized physical model. For a video of the real model, click here.
MINOR INNOVATION, ENGINEERING AND DESIGN
During my minor I worked with a team of students on a "Smart Kitchen" project. There were plenty of challenges for me: from finding out what the smart opportunities are within the kitchen, to working with a 3-9 man teams. The result of our minor was a "smart steaming pot", with offered separate steaming cabins.
INTERNSHIP TCHAI INTERNATIONAL
In my third year, I did an internship at Tchai International (design department, sept 2013 - feb 2014). They deliver everything from strategic design concepts to the development of product displays, shop-in-shop's or even complete shop interiors. For more information on Tchai, visit Tchai's website. Here are some examples of shop concepts and a product display.
PROJECTS I WORKED ON
Examples of design proposals for Edli (new counter), Hutten (meeting room display) and Bravecto (counter display). At least 3 different proposals were made per project.
New paint samples walls for Praxis. I was involved in creating the "smart" dispensers in which the colour cards are placed.
GRADUATION INTERNSHIP HORREX
I completed my graduation internship at Horrex B.V.
The project I worked on was about finding a new way to connect bike-accessories to your bike. The result is in the process of being patented. Therefore I can not give any details regarding this project.
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