Got Money?

Aimlessly looking around on the internet for… well, nothing.

I found this companies website that specialises… actually, solely designs and manufactures their own watches. The designs and styles are very unique and they claim to be changing the watch industry of the 21st century. I’m no horology expert but I do like their products.

Looking at their collection, you could describe their designs as incredibly detailed, precise and complex but in a way thatĀ encouragesĀ you to explore the design further.

The company is called Urwerk, have a wide variety of completely different watches but all have a certain aspect about it that links themselves to the brand. By looking at one watch, you could tell that the others belong to the same company.

The company operates in the definition of niche market and , speaking as a student, astronomically pricey. They don’t have their own retailers really, but are available in special retailers in places like, london, paris, las vegas and dubai (clues as to how expensive they are). According to their official youtube channel, they only make around 150 watches so to make any profit you can already tell they would be operating in the hundred thousand dollar/pound/whatever area.

BUT HOW MUCH?!

Hang on, First of all let me show you some of their collection. The prices I found were from the Chrono24 website.

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Model: Urwerk 110 PT

Price: $85,000 (not bad but we get bigger!)

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Model: Urwerk 202 White Gold

Price: $115,000 (now we’re hitting the big bucks)

UR210-2

Model: Urwerk 210

Price: $152,000 ( :O )

As you can see, extreme prices, but they are extreme watches. The 210 has a power measurement feature to show how much power you’ve generated for the watch in the past 2 hours. A feature designed to have the owner ‘connect’ better with the watch.

Here are the rendered videos they produced which I think are extremely impressive

Either you love it or hate it and well… I wouldn’t mind having one!

Coca-Cola Bottle

After endlessly searching for a SolidWorks tutorial, I discovered a Coca-Cola bottle mold tutorial.

After following the tutorial, I was able to create a cavity and split the mold in 2. The process which is usually part of making the real thing. Click here for the tutorial

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In order to make the mold, the coke bottle itself needs to be modeled. This can be downloaded from the tutorial but to make sure this is all my work, I reverse engineered theĀ downloadableĀ model and was able to replicate it myself. I was then able to render it how I liked in Keyshot 3 Pro.

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After this, I decided to make a little Olympic themed render. Coca-Cola are renowned for their sponsorship for multiple events, including theĀ Olympics.

I designed the Olympic rings using SolidWorks and then rendered it all, again using Keyshot Pro 3.

Let me know what you think šŸ™‚

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Warning: none of the work here was created/endorsed by Coca-Cola nor have IĀ receivedĀ any rewards for it. This is purely out of interest and completed in my own time

 

Rendering

This is just a quick render I did with some snooker balls and frame. I’m still getting used to the Keyshot rendering software so I’m just trialing and error-ing I guess.Ā 

The ball and frame were made using solidworks and I just used multiple ways to render the final thing.Ā 

After uni finishes for the year, I want to try and build a full scale snooker table using solidworks and keyshot as a platform.

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As you can see, the felt used on snooker tables is quite hard to represent so maybe photoshop would be needed to touch it up a bit more.Ā 

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We All Have To Start Somewhere

Now that I’m on my easter break, I thought I’d take the time to use the Solidworks software to advantage and finally build something I want to.

This is the first stadium I am designing. No client, no goal, no timescale. Just me doing what I want

Obviously not finished but once the seats, other little technical supports and the main facade is added I’m looking forward to showing you what the final piece is like. I hope to design more and maybe do this as a career

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This isn’t a scaled down CAD model. All dimensions of a professional size tennis court were used.

Flower’s in Fast Motion

This is for my current active form project in uni (see posts below about it) but it’s quite a cool video to watch. Whilst it all looks good with the flowers pulsating like an inhaling, exhaling body but the rose for me is the best as it constantly peels away in a very aesthetically pleasing way

But the flowers involving water are what I’m focusing on. You’ll see why in due time.

Smart Way of Living

My uni project, mentioned in the previous post, is proving to be a bit of a challenge and getting to grips with the whole active forms situation, is puzzling.

One thing that triggered my mind when this project came about was SMART MATERIALS. A bit of boring technical stuff, a smart material is a material that changes it’s appearance when an external stimuli is inputed.

For example, the stimulus can be: heat, light or pressure and the change could be colour, electric power or even shape.

Developed around 50 years ago, smart materials have found their way into some innovative designs and it triggered in my mind because they change form as do active form products (loosely) so hopefully a bit of research into this can trigger some ideas into my current project.

Popular Smart Material Products

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1) Photochromic Lenses. Photo = Ā ancient Greek for light. Chromic = ancient Greek for colour. The glasses changes colour when the stimulus, sunlight is shined on it

2) Thermochromic Mood Ring. Thermo = ancient Greek for heat. Chromic = ancient Greek for colour. The ring changes colour when the stimulus, heat changes due to the mood changing (e.g agressive mood = higher temperature)

3) Another application for thermochromic materials can be a thermometer. Used to find if the child/ adult has a high fever when the colour changes to match a high temperature.

MORE SMART MATERIALS!

PIEZOELECTRICITY

This type of smart material turns a mechanical stress/ force into electricity or electricity into a force. The mechanical stress can be just a footstep can generate electricity.

This idea has lead to multiple designs that have tried to make renewable energy.

One designer, created his own Eco-Energy Floor. A couple pictures taken from this industrial design website (which I’ll be reviewing shortly) show the idea briefly but have a look at the whole concept.

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http://www.yankodesign.com/2010/01/13/piezoelectricity-generation-x/

Another concept with piezoelectric materialsĀ http://www.yankodesign.com/2011/03/22/the-power-of-footsteps/

I personally believe that there is a lack of products on the market that include smart materials. This might be because they are fairly new (50 years doesn’t seem it but compared to basic materials like metals and woods, its a baby!) and the materials are continually being developed. I think they are an impressive development in engineered materials and they also provide an aesthetic quality that many basic materials lack.

If you have any more innovative products using SMART MATERIALS please let me know. I love discovering cool new things/ products/ materials/ designs so please share them with me.