Product Designs (Page 2)


4-3 Jig:

This jig was designed and built for the purpose of drilling 1/8 holes into aluminium door stiles in the exact hinge configuration needed for Bi-folding doors.

It was a repetitive process that was required for all bi-folding doors and before the jig existed everything was done by hand which took a large amount of time in fabrication hours.

The name 4-3 is derived from the layout of the holes on the hinges with the one stile receiving 4 screws and the other 3 screws.

Two main jig plates were made with hole layouts that were mirrors of each other. One plate had 4 on the left then 3 on the right and the other plate had 3 on the left and 4 on the right. These plates could be moved along the main jig to allow for multiple configurations.

The jig had to accommodate up to 9 panels (18 vertical stiles) that would be drilled in pairs with each panels stiles being placed face to face for easier hinge layout.

The jig is able to give exact spacing required for the bottom, middle and top hinge layouts with the option of a fourth hinge level in case panels were above the standard height.

I designed and built this jig in collaboration with an engineer called Jaap Siekman while working at Stella Custom Glass Hardware in 2013.

ADDIS 45 Litre Bin:

This plastic storage bin was designed for household use to store items up to a 45 Litre volume capacity.

All parts were injection moulded out of Polypropylene with the main body being a clear plastic and the rest a solid blue.

The lid folds open and has the option of being locked using padlocks on either side.

The main body fits into itself so when the lid is open you can stack multiple units into each other to save on space. When the lid is closed the unit is still stackable and nests neatly into the lid of the unit underneath it.

Special inserts were included into the main body to allow for file separators to be inserted for filing purposes.

This design is currently for sale on the market in South Africa and ADDIS owns the rights to it.

I designed this bin in collaboration with Jamii Hamlin while working as a Freelance Industrial Designer in South Africa in 2007.

Off-Road Chain Stay:

During 2008 I did a lot of mountain biking and my bike started having problems on fast downhills. The chain had too much slack even with only one main front gear.

The design allows the rider to see the inner working of his chain while having an extremely strong casing protecting the Chainring. Fasteners are highlighted as visual features due to the transparent polycarbonate used for the 2 plates.

The transparent plates allow the rider to monitor his/her chain at any time for obstructions or link damage.

Clamping the unit to the frame is made easy with the clamps joined by two M5 bolts. The first unit was built and fitted in 2008 to a GIANT STP hardtail bike

I designed this Off-Road Chain Stay while working as a Freelance Industrial Designer in South Africa.

Fighting Knife:

The Fight Knife was born out of curiosity about complex curves and heat-treated high carbon steel. I wanted to make a knife that looked like it molds into your hands while covering all unprotected areas from possible attack.

Brass inlays highlight the contours of the blade while the knuckle plate finishes off the curve into infinity. Brass is highlighted into the handle with the connecting bolts and nuts being sanded flush to the wood.

Ergonomics played a large role in figuring out the position of the knife fighter's hands in the most natural fighting stance. The blocking style of Bruce Lee was mimicked to figure out the best position.

I designed the Fight Knife in 2007 in South Africa while learning about basic metallurgy.

P.S.S - Portable Solar Still:

This was my first thesis for my 4th year of Industrial Design at Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2005.

We had to look for a problem in the world and present solutions for the problem.

The problem I focused on was the need for clean drinking water and all the available salt water out there. I looked at different ways of water purification from reverse osmosis filtration to natural forms of water filtration.

The P.S.S. will be used all over Africa with the emphasis being on simplicity. If the P.S.S. was to be used in high UV areas so the plastics would have to be protected from the sun.

Using the sun as my means of filtration proved to have many benefits ranging from no internal power source, simple mechanics to portable and relatively lightweight.

The sun would be used to cook the salt water inside the still to evaporate and condense on the inside of the clear polycarbonate dome. Once water builds up it runs down the inside of the dome into a gutter that runs around the perimeter of the dome. The water then flows down to the seal where a small ball lifts up and opens the drain of water into the container underneath it.

The basin could take up to 10 Litres of Sea Water at a time and filtrate approximately 4 Litres of clean drinking water a day.

The 3 legs allowed for a sturdy base with the rear leg height adjustable.