Q: What does a Ford Mustang, a coffee cup and an iPhone have in common?
The team at Redstack were challenged with a unique project. Owners of classic cars go without a lot things that we all take for granted in modern vehicles, such as power brakes and steering, central locking and air conditioning. But these pale to the real convenience of not having somewhere to securely place your cup of hot coffee and iPhone while you drive. You may laugh, but it’s not until you go without that you really consider just how often these things are utilized. Sure you could go down to your local car parts store and find a myriad of nasty clip on options to hold just about anything. But is that really what anyone wants to put in a vintage 66 Mustang? Surely not.
The brief was simple. Create a custom holder to secure a beverage and iPhone for satellite navigation. The device needed to look as period specific as possible and removable so on show days or classic car runs it could be removed, bringing the car back to original.
Using the Future of Making Things principles, Redstack were able to utilize Autodesk Inventor 3D design software, to come up with a functional concept that utilized the ashtray recess as a removable mounting point. The design was virtually prototyped within Autodesk Inventor, with several design concepts working their way through the iteration pipeline. Once a final concept was agreed upon, Redstack utilised their 3D printing expertise and their Ultimaker 2 3D printer to build prototypes that confirmed fit and finish.
Autodesk Inventor made it really easy to layout several design concepts ranging is size, options and location point possibilities. Each iteration was as simple as utilising the copy design function to branch off down a new thought path.
The final design was printed in one of the companies Ultimaker 2 3D printers in ABS plastic, utilizing specific custom add-on’s developed by Redstack for superior ABS output. The final product is a functional and modern update to an accessory taken for granted.
Traditional manufacturing processes would not have allowed ultra-low volume products like these to exist. However, the Future of Making Things brings real power back to the entrepreneur by brining world class 3D design tools to a price point anyone can afford. Add to that affordable manufacturing solutions like 3D printing and even CNC machining and a world of opportunities lie before us.
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Thinking by Design
Redstack is a leading provider of design technology and services to engineering and architecture professionals. With over 20 years of local experience, we provide the expertise, training and support to help companies realise the full power of their design capabilities. We partner with the world’s leading providers of CAD software, hardware, 3D printers and 3D Scanners such as Autodesk, Apple, Ultimaker and Maptek. These relationships allow us to deliver end to end solutions tailored to meet our client’s unique requirements.