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Our evolution into industrial designer products

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The story of our evolution into industrial designer products – Part 1

Hi fans

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










Win an iPhone doc

Free Giveaway for Christmas

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Ok guys and girls with Christmas just around the corner we are getting into the festive season and giving away 10 of our new acoustic docks.

To go into the draw to win one of these all you need to do is complete the following 2 steps

1. Enter your details below to join our Designer Collections Club

2. Share this page on either Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Google+ with the hash tag #freefodendock

It’s doesn’t cost you any money and here is what you will receive on top of your entry.

*Free Christmas gift wrapping.

*All the latest news and product information.

*Opportunity to enter exclusive competitions for free prizes and discount offers.




Terms and Conditions of Entry-

You need to opt in to the Designer Club list by entering your details above.

You need to share this page on either Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Google+ with the hash tag #freefodendock

Entries will close on the 22nd of December 2014.

The winners will be drawn on Wednesday 24th of December 2014. The winners will be selected at random and the decision is final.

Winners will be notified within 24 hours via the email address provided. Upon notification winners will be required to provide postal details by 5pm AEST Wednesday 31st December 2014. If postal details are not provided within the specified time frame a redraw will be held and new winner/s announced.

By entering your details in the form you agree that Foden Designs Pty Ltd may contact you from time to time with offers and news.

Postage to winners outside of Australia is at the winners expense Foden Designs Pty Ltd will only offer free postage to Australian addresses.