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Software and Material
Design Exploration

When I first joined Autodesk as an intern, the Solution Builder platform was already in motion and I was asked to use my industrial design background to explore both worlds by using the new platform.

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Role
Product Design Intern

Duration

Duration
Nov 2015 - Jan 2016

Design Process
Software design, 3D printing, laser cutting, prototyping, material explorations.

The team
Product Manager - Itamar Berger
Dev Lead - Avihay Assouline  

Overview

Background
The solution builder was designed as an open-sourced marketplace, where businesses can assemble their end-to-end process on an accessible and modular canvas, before sharing this experience with their consumers. That way the customers become the inventors and control the final product before purchasing.

Process
I put this platform into the test from start to finish.
Started as the business user- deciding which products to share, building 3D models for all the customization options and sharing it with the customer. Next step was switching to the consumer side and playing with the options I created, printing the parts in 3D, exploring different materials and shapes in the process and eventually assembling my own custom product.

Outcome
Customizing products using the new platform from start to finish helped me understand the project better, get familiar with the platform and the software capabilities better. I enjoyed the process and even got a cool functional watch out of it.

Role
Product Design Intern
Software design, 3D printing, laser cutting, prototyping, material explorations.

Duration
Nov 2015 - January 2016

The Team
Product Manager - Itamar Berger
Dev Lead - Avihay Assouline  


Duration

Goal


The goal was designing a realistic and functional product, from start to finish, while using our digital platform.

The first selected product was a hand watch, to allow me on one hand to have enough creativity and freedom to explore different customization elements and on the other hand, result in a functioning and working product.

Process


The software process included building the 3d models of all parts of the hand watch, assembling all parts and uploading the 3d modal to our platform.

The material process included trying different patterns and printing them in different materials, cutting the leather straps using CNC technology and assembling several prototypes.

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The Outcome

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Code Generated Design


In my next experimental project, I collaborated with an algorithmic engineer to re-structure products, using computer-generated patterns. This would improve their efficiency, material use and customize them per individual.

Our Inspiration came from Nature.

The best structures and smart pattern comes from nature. Nothing goes to waive and there is a reason for everything that exists. 

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Reacting to Human Pressure.

In our process, we used heat maps that were measured by different people in action. Each person has it’s unique signature walk/step which translates to a one of a kind heat map.

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The Process


We selected the midsole as our testing product. mIdsoles are placed inside shoes or boots for extra comfort, warmth and a better fit, it’s the main purpose is to increase feet comfortability.

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We scanned the heat maps into our platform and developed an algorithm which can cut a midsole in 3d based on the 2d map.

that resulted in a customized midsole suited precisely for the individual’s foot comfort.

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Final Prototype


After experimenting with different patterns and material, we 3d printed our final midsole from TPU, which is a strong yet soft type of rubber that is commonly used in the sports industry.

What did we learn?

We can improve different products by specifying them to an individual.
We can use our body to define our minimum and maximum points, use our software and code to adjust the product, and create a product that is suited perfectly to our measures. It can be a midsole today, a surfboard tomorrow, and only the sky is the limit.

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