Bernhard Ranner / University for Applied Arts, Vienna
Super idea to integrate multiple functionalities into a single machine; compact design realizes all the functionality; has good market potential.
Function integration is one of the design trends this year to save space and resources, and this design presents a good solution of design models.
It’s a dream machine for a designer and I love the words “I built a machine that I would love to use myself.” Through this case, we can see that design is not only sketch work, but must also include good research work with design.
Besides sketches and renderings it is crucial for a designer to have “real” models to judge the ergonomics, haptics and function of his work.
The earlier in the design phase, such quick models are built, the better.
Unfortunately only big companies can afford to have a full-fledged model shop.
ModelMachine is trying to fill this void for the smaller offices and startups.
With a footprint not bigger than a office desk ModelMachine offers everything one could ask for in a model shop.
As my teacher phrased it, I built the Machine that I would love to use myself.3. The Intent: What point of view did you bring to the project, and were there additional criteria that you added to the brief?
The machine consists of two “cubes” that hold the individual tools on four of their faces. The user can rotate the cubes to “fold out” the individual tools as needed – compareable to the swiss army knife.
disc and belt sander,
grinding and buffing wheels,
plate for mounting jigsaw, router etc, ,
sturdy fence/guiderail system that coveres the whole machine,
and a dust extraction that runs through the frame and features a cyclone separator which is located under the cubes, where also the mill and lathe components are stored when not in use. (see video)
Since I have been studying design for six years and was setting up my own workshop during the last year, I had a fairly long research phase
After some loose sketches I quickly started to build tons of 1:1 cardboard models to verify the ergonomics and mechanics of the machine.
Parallel to this the digital model emerged by constantly updating the dimensions and features according to the cardboard models.
If a better design process means better design and better products, ModelMachine has the potential to make this world a better place