Integrated Product Design

September '19 - December '19

This electro-mechanical product (called The Vessel) is a project deliverable for an inter-collegiate course consisting of engineers, graduate-level designers, and business students.

 

In teams of 5, students were tasked with developing a viable product idea within the experience economy. Teams were expected to use each member's specialties to their full advantage, and create a functional prototype.

The Engineering

As the team's sole engineering student, I took the lead on our prototype's development activity.

Initial prototypes consisted of miniature FDM and SLA 3D printed visual-only models that represented the team's early stage ideas.

In our pursuit of a refined prototype model for our final demonstration, we drew inspiration from an existing product that displayed lights, played media, and functioned as an ultrasonic diffuser. We purchased the consumer electronic online, and reverse-engineered it by thoroughly taking the model apart.

 

Once stripped down to its basic parts, I noted that the product relied on a single PCB board for its multitude of electronic functions. This proved a perfect starting point for our own prototype; by using an existing board supplying all the functionalities we wanted, the team could forego unnecessary electric engineering complications.

After identifying the functions of all the electric components, figuring out wiring on the PCB board, and re-soldering broken connections, we successfully re-purposed the PCB board and its accompanying electronics (speaker, sub-woofer, LEDs, ultrasonic disc, and air intake fan) for our prototype!

From there, we followed up with several renderings and an industrially printed model of our prototype (see images). In conjunction with the team's business and market research, design research, and user studies, we developed a compelling idea backed by comprehensive background research.
 

Product Presentation: