I have already started drafting and cutting out the important pieces to my final design.
I will be rushing my final prototype as i need to do the visual product documentation with a potential child user to show how things work soon.
As for now the 5 major issues for finishing are still under stages of development and are open to suggestions or changes.
I am still finalizing the type of textiles to use for my designs and what kind to include in the catalog. For the 2D graphics, i really think it would be a good idea but however, i would not be inking on all of my designs. I would develop several 2d graphics and only ink it on another set of sample module.
There are 5 major factors in the product finishing.
(some might be additional selling points to the product)
1. Textile (customization) for seat surfaces
– need a CATALOG of colours and fabric types (*fabric testing is still ongoing)
– choices limited to what is available
(raw, carpet finishing, felt finishing, artificial fur finishing, synthetic animal skin finishing) etc.
2. Surface graphics on product
– need another set of CATALOG of various custom 2D ink designs for the side walls of the product (this adds value and character to the product itself)
– choices limited to what is available
– black ink only
– designs will be generated accordingly (I will do my own artworks)
*these are samples borrowed online just to show how it would look like
A 3D visualization of modules with surface graphic design
3. Instructions/Steps graphics (ongoing research)
– this information will be simplified to just simple graphics showing the basic steps
– in the real manufacturing process, this info will be printed on the interior side of each parts
– each parts will be labelled as A,B,C etc.
*Image borrowed from an Ikea product manual
4. Product packaging
– product will be packaged flat together with all the needed parts
– all these parts will then be *vacuum packed and stacked together
(like the ones for clothing and food items)
(saves space and waterproof)
– flat packing allows easy storage at the point of purchase and also easy mobility for both the retail workers and the customers
5. Point of Purchase
– product will be flat-packed and stacked upon another, thus a sample of every module will be displayed along with the catalog of the various finishing
– this design will be sold in separate pieces, which means customer have to buy the 4 modules individually to complete a set
– this allows customers to choose what modules they desire to own and use for their kids
These are the 3d visuals for the final design of the modules (x4 total per set)
*to show the various combinations of the modules
*finishing for textiles are not considered yet
There could be more variations
These are the considerations for manufacturing.
As discussed on the last presentation, I need to look onto how to minimize material wastage when manufacturing this product.
I designed this product carefully so that most side dimensions and angles match to the other.
So, when flat-packed or during the drafting/stamping process, all of these shapes can be place side by side in repetition mode.
Custom continuous roll layouts for main frames
After several weeks of testing and drafting, I have settled with a set of dimensions for my designs. These numbers are took into consideration the mudularity factors. The angles are made fixed to allow all modules to be matched nicely when placed sides by side. The height and width dimensions are set specially for kids 5years old and below.
*although overweight or bigger kids of that age are not considered in this study.
This is the proportion for one of the modules
There will be a total of 3 or maybe 4 modules in this design set.
This is the overview of all the modules (in side profile)
This is the overview for the “Main Frame” dimensions (minus “Interior” and “Outer Shell”)