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Post from Open Innovation Fall 2016

Open Innovation Fall 2016 | Projects | Utility Chair | Final

  • When you need a tool at NuVu, usually one of two things happen, either they waste time looking for tools in the shop, (where finding a tool can be very confusing) or are searching on their desk (wasting more time in some cases). My solution to this predicament, is to create a chair mount that will hold all the tools you need, reducing time wasted looking for tools, as well as helping desk organization.

    There are many, many wonderful things that happen at NuVu, and many great systems to help those happen. However, not every system is fantastic. Currently one of the biggest problems at NuVu is that desks are unorganized, with people not being able to find the tools they need. Although all our tools are stored in the shop, allowing you to grab a new set, this system ends up wasting a lot of transition time, as well as being very confusing at times. In the past there have been a few attempts to solve this problem, like the tool wall at the underground, as well as a similar project done last year. However, these solutions left a lot to be desired, the tool wall, although organizing the tools very well, can make it difficult to find a specific tool, as well as still requiring a trip over to the shop for grabbing the tools. The previous project did improve on this some, mounting to two tables, and holding tools via two flat wood planes with holes for the tools. While this does save trips to the shop, unfortunately the way it was designed made it difficult to put the tools in, as well as making it impossible to move the two tables without removing and reattaching the device.

    With all of this in mind, I realized that there were a few things that I had to focus on: that the tools were easy to remove and re-insert, that the tools need to be near the work space, not to put too many things in one general place(to avoid getting cluttered/confusing), that the mount needed to be removable, as well as not getting in the way when moving it around with the mount. In my design, I took advantage of the hole-filled design of the chair, using pegs to attach all the components. I primarily used specifically sized boxes to hold the tools (primarily due to ease of use, and preventing confusion for where things go). The design features a sketchbook/laptop holster on the bottom left side of the chair, holding 15+ pens/pencils, a sketchbook(obviously), as well as a slot for a ruler. On the top of the chair, I have panels vertical panels with boxes for holding the tools. When not using the top panels, they can be folded back to fit the approximate dimensions of the chair. In total, the top panels can hold: a caliper, wire cutters, pliers, scissors, a tape measurer, an allan key set, and a box cutter.