Final design images
In conclusion of the mass production in duration of a six-week project with Active Components were the purpose was to redesign a cost effective crocodile clip, based on New Zealand agricultural market. This undertake of design was a design challenge was being exposed to a different angle of design approach. Main focus on assemble and stakeholders. But being more empathetic closely towards manufacturing, assembly, distribution and end use process. Where the difficult aspect lies in mass manufacturing of the product in a competitive market of prices. Our client Rob from Active Component a company distributor and manufacturer of electric and electronic components in New Zealand. Of their main clients being Tru-Test and Gallagher.
In conjunction of technology class, we had the opportunity to visit industrial factory’s. To gain empathy and a better understanding about labour and the volume of mass production. It was such an insightful part of the paper, especially looking at what the work force is based on towards production on products especially for an industrial design student. Along with the trips being educated about the types of production and machinery tools, allowed for further better understanding about production and apply it back to the way our products could be mass produced along with a reduced assembly time for labour charges.
The final design strongly focuses on the perspective of assembly to lower the labour cost and the unit cost of each crocodile clip. Producing a design with a mould that for fills the purpose and the function of the features stated in the brief of the clip. Aesthetically the clip remains the same with a sight adjustment of a curve on the grip area for thumb comfort, with a mat finish as the surface.With a choice of ABS and Stainless steel as the material of the clip, due to properties of the materials and durability and accounting cost as part of the process.Long terminal design was to improve easy accessibility. The end of the clip was a stopper for the wire leads. The three pivot pin motion was used for easy clip assembly and a symmetrical mould purpose.Production being injection moulded for affective mass production.
Over all I have gained new knowledge through out the brief. Initially had very limited knowledge about mass production and during the process learned a lot about injection moulding production and CADing up my design. This concept also lead towards materials, costing, manufacturing and tooling. I believe the redesigned solution isn’t to far of from the current Nico Clip, which can be an easy adaption in the near future. But strongly focuses on the durability which will give comfort for the user while along functionally and accruement of job requirements.However I feel quite happy with the resolved solution as my end design considering the limited time given to complete the workload and to do tests on the conceptual models.