Early exploratory concept sketches. A large number of aesthetic options were created and evaluated with the client
 Design visualisation - CAD renders to visualise early designs (Keyshot/Photoshop)
 Analysis of the sourced electronics - These were carefully measured and incorporated into the final design
 CAD Design - Final CAD assembly of the ear-bud (Solidworks)
 CAD analysis - Parts were optimised to ensure ease of manufacture (Solidworks)
 Final prototype models - To test fit and function rapid prototype models were sourced and tested before moving into final manufacture
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Audeor approached me looking for help with designing their newest set of in-ear headphones. The design would have to be gold plated and incorporate a decorative array of inset Swarovski crystals. Early sketch development work was undertaken to explore various potential designs. Concurrently, electronics were sourced from a far east supplier that formed the basis of the technical design. Audeor in-ear headphones feature a swept, elegant design with a large number of Swarovski crystals inset across the back of the product.
Processes: Product design, Prototyping, Design visualisation, Design engineering, Manufacture
Once the brief had been fully established the first stage was to explore the aesthetic design of the new ear-buds. Sketch development was completed and the early concepts were evaluated by the client. The feedback gained helped to further refine the aesthetic direction and early CAD models were created to help visualise the design.
The design was to be based on a set of electronics sourced from an Asian supplier. After analysis of the electronics, the design specification and required internal dimensions were established and incorporated into the 3D CAD design. Design for manufacture was considered throughout the design stage as the final version was to be mass produced in die-cast stainless steel. To enable this, each part was analysed within Solidworks to ensure ease of manufacture in the future.
To evaluate the form and function of the the new design an initial prototype was sourced. Made from SLA and vacuum cast parts, the assembly of the components was checked and refinements made prior to moving into manufacture.