We live in a shark-filled capitalist world where people steal designs, and the thousands of hours it took to make them.
So our design process has to be kept under wraps. Usually.
Today I have a chance to reveal our design process and ask you for help!
Our Emflume1 –the result of five years of design effort — was a big hit at ASEE 2014 last week. We need a cart for it. Design problems:
1. The model should fit inside the cart for shipping protection and also for storage, which is a big deal for a lot of university departments.
2. We could build the cart from “80/20” extrusions. Cool stuff we already use. Or weld up an aluminum frame in-house. Not much difference in cost. Which would be best environmentally? We might make 100 a year.
3. For the top and shelf, I’m considering Corian (we have a local fabricator); Starbord, HDPE, and other stuff. Has to be very strong, zero-maintenance, and tolerate water. The top is the toughest part of the design.
I’ve scoured the Internet for carts that meet our needs, and none do.
|LRRD’s Jim Nation at ASEE 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA last week.|