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Design + Build: Top Components

Design + Build: Workstation | Projects

  • The purpose of this studio was to design a modular workstation that would save space while addressing the problems of organization and storage. The focus of our design team was to design and build modular storage units. We produced two alternative designs. The first was a cylinder with eight holes at the top to put tools in and a central hole in the middle for projects. It spun in a lazy susan style so everyone at the table could access the storage space in it. The second was a triangular pyramid with holes in the back for equipment storage and sliding drawers in the front for project and paper storage. 

  • Design Problem and Solution:

    Problem: When working at desks or tables, many people have trouble with organization and storage of their project and materials.

    Solution: With the new Laziest Susan, everyone can store their materials, tools, and projects.

    Detailed Solution: This top component helps everyone organize everything they use during a work day and this idea is also easily accessible but also portable.

    Further Elaboration:

    Main Story and Theme: In this project we designed a storage component that reduces the messiness of the studio space and is also visually appealing. This component involves a set of storage objects and space where different tools and materials can be held. All the objects can rotate or move with this design.

    Mechanics: The main material of this is wood. We made a mechanism that is able is to spin but the main storage component stays still. This way people can spin the Laziest Susan to grab different materials when sitting at different parts of the table but also keep their projects still. There are cup holder holes where tools can be stored along this storage component.

    Development: We came up with many different types of storage. First we came up with a simple dresser and drawers. Then, we came up different geometries like  the hexagon, the  octagon,  the pentagon, and the pyramid. After this we came up with the idea of the laziest susan, a cylinder storage component that spins.

    Challenges: We faced a lot of challenges because my group did not have a lot  of experience with the 3d modelling software called Rhino. We were all beginners and this lead to a lot of being behind schedule. Other challenges we faced included assembling. Also, coming up with the right dimensions was a big hardship we faced.

    Iterations:

    Iteration #1: This iteration included layered thin wood that was a 1/8 scale prototype. This iteration spun and had storage spaces for tools and projects. We received the feedback of thinking of an idea that will not layer the wood and provide the thickness we need.

    Iteration #2: This new iteration is a cardboard resized model that utilizes notches and slats instead of stacking. We received this idea from another nuvu project of notching wood and have slats connect two pieces.  This iteration could spin but it does have the storage components.We received the feedback of making no space in between the notches.

    Iteration #3: A modified iteration of iteration #2 that incorporates wider slats that does leave space between them This iteration can spin and has all the storage components that we designed. We received the feedback of making this iteration out of wood and to make a couple of different dimensions.