The story of our evolution into industrial designer products – Part 1
As most of you know we are from a background in the designing, engineering, fabricating and machining of some cool automotive based products, which I am sure had a few of you wondering how on earth we come up with our new industrial designer collection of products. Well to explain how we thought it was time to start a small blog series on the evolution of our industrial designer products, specifically the tablet and phone cases and docs. So I begin here with the first part and hope you guys follow along on the journey as we release our new lines over the coming months.
It all started in late 2012 when we were focusing on trying to go green and reduce the use of wasted paper in the workshop at Foden Engineering. It was at that point we decided that we would aim to go paperless for all of our work shop drawings and job tracking but the question was how? Well as it happened over the Christmas break of 2012 we had a moment and realized we needed digital copies of every thing right there on the workshop floor but the question still remained how? That was until Daniel said “I know lets get a laptops near the machines!” This was a great idea but they risked being damaged in such an environment so we quickly got onto the concept of tablets. Again another good idea but since I was the one paying for the tablets I didn’t want to risk them in some cheap, portable, plastic case that could still be misplaced leading to inefficiencies, damage or loss of the tablets.
It was at that point that we decided we would go out and buy a tablet that could run the software we needed and then design our own case that would be made from billet aluminum and stainless steel to match our Haas Automation CNC machines control panel. If we made our own we could have what we want and it would mount to our machines using the standard Haas note pad pick up points. This meant we would not need to modify the machines and it looked like a factory fitted option that would prevent the loss or damage of some expensive tablets.
So from there the process began Adam got to work designing up something that looked great but was also sturdy enough to take the knocks and vibrations of a workshop environment. After a few days of back and forth a design was settled on for a Samsung tablet that we purchased. From there we began the process of machining our first ever tablet case.
So know that you know when and why we did our first case please watch the video bellow and see how it was done and follow us on the rest of the rest of the journey into when and why we decided to make our own designer collection.
Until next time