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 the downloadable 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 the Olympics.

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

Let me know what you think 🙂

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

 

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Product Innovation

I discovered this product on Yanko Design which relates to the my project is designing (finished in a few weeks so I’ll post it when finished). Whilst most of these ideas on the website: http://www.yankodesign.com/  are just the concepts , the ideas behind them are impressive and innovative.

(I don’t own the rights to this picture)

This designers are David Sweeney, Jeff Virangkabutra & Michael Korn and they’ve made this product, Water Me When I Tilt.

What does it do?

-When water is poured the vase rises up and stays there.

-When the flower has absorbed the water, the design makes the vase tilt back down.

 

The vase symbolises what a flower does when treated with water and the simplicity of the design makes it and eye-catching product and something worth considering to put into commercial use. It’s a good reminder to the user of this product to water their plants as they are often forgotten about and left to wilt and dry out.

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 =  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 materials 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.

iPhone Accessory? No, iPhone Necessity

I’ve already reviewed this website earlier but http://www.kickstarter.com/ is an incredible way to get ideas on to the market. It’s great to see a website that doesn’t let an idea go missed. Like I said before, once an idea is set and is then advertised on the website, funding for the project needs to be made with a set target given. Backers then pledge a set amount and depending on the size of contribution the inventor will reward you with prizes.

This particular project managed to reach over 7x it’s projected target and rightly so. The design is so simple yet the idea is so brilliant.

Galileo, the product, is a device by where you can control the movement of an iPhone, hands free, and it’s useful for video chatting so the person on the other side can control what he/she is looking at. My explanation of it is far inferior to the video made so I recommend you watch it.

This is the video of it but look at the kickstarter website below (and above) and have a look at it’s design specs and other projects on the website and maybe you’ll be willing to back some.

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http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/449163977/galileo-your-ios-in-motion?ref=category