This week the SOTW is going back to my Industrial Design heritage. But of course since I’m doing this for fun I wanted to throw in a sci-fi twist. This week I dreamed up a coffee maker for use in space, specifically in zero gravity. Call it an exercise in the absurd to get the creative juices flowing.
This was just a quick exercise for the blog, so I didn’t get to put in as much research as I normally would for a real product design. So here goes. I knew that whatever happened the system had to be 100% leak proof. So everything would be contained in bags (fig D). These bags would be LDPE with a heat resistant coating. This bag would be stored with water (room temp) then placed into the top of the coffee maker (fig G) along with the coffee packet (fig F). The coffee packet would be similar to what you get at those cheap hotels for your in-room coffee maker.
There would be a second bag in the actual mug. This bag would be completely empty and compressed. When the coffee maker is activated, the water is heated and the water bag is compressed forcing it through the grounds, then into the mug. No gravity needed and no liquid is released.
The mouth of the mug would be similar to existing baby sippy cups with the rubber mouth, which needs to be sucked on to release liquid. Another note is that the original water bag would be reused in the mug for the next brew.
Figure B gives you an idea of the materials. The mug would be made of some sort of brushed steel so that the mug can have a vacuum like a thermos and the main coffee maker would be made mostly of an ABS plastic.
Well that does it for now. Feel free to leave comments/ideas for the design. And remember in space no one can hear you percolate. Yeah I said it.
Yet another portfolio update. This time I’ve updated my toy design portfolio with a video. Lots of new slides on the video that aren’t on the website yet. Those slides will be added to the website next week. Also for next week the sketch of the week will be back (maybe sketch of the year would be more appropriate). I’ll give you a hint, think this but in color.
With out further adieu the 2011 video portfolio.
Well its about time!
It’s been a loooong time since my last post but it hasn’t been for a lack of trying. Lots of things have been going on but busy mostly with the newest addition to the family. Other than that, I’ve been getting a lot of extra hours at work lately with lots of logos and packaging. You can see most of it HERE on the graphic design section of the website, so be sure to check it out. I haven’t stopped doing sketches and I actually worked on several personal concepts, one being an updated Volton. Which with any luck I should be posting next week. But for now go check out my new works
Aww look at that little guy… He looks so happy to have all of those toys in his tummy!
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