Product Designs

STELLA HAC (Height Adjustable Carrier):

In the VUE department in Stella Custom Glass Hardware, there were 2 main door systems being manufactured on site. They were the BF2 (Bi-Folding Door) System and TS2 (Top-Hung Sliding Door) System.

The TS2 System required the HAC to help adjust the heights of the panels. Each panel would have 2 HAC's, one on each end. The Sliding Door Panel was suspended using 2 carriers which were each close to the 45° mitre joints.

During panel assembly, the HAC's are fixed to each moving panel and prepped for installation on site.

Once assembled on site the main carrier bolt is the key part that carries the weight of the whole panel and allows the HAC to adjust the position of the Main Carrier Bolt relative to the body of the carrier.

The Main Carrier Bolt is a custom made M10 bolt that taps into the body of the carrier. It is also what connects the HAC to the Carrier allowing for on-site adjustment.

A simple Allen key is used in a cordless drill to turn the brass worm gear Cap Head on the front of the HAC. It is very important to take all weight of panel while adjusting the panel height due to thread preservation in the Carrier body. Glazers generally use suction cups on the panel glass and lift from there.

The worm gear and helical gear are sealed inside the body and greased for increased lifespan.

The HAC was designed while working for STELLA Custom Glass Hardware in Vancouver, Canada in 2017.

BELL Remote Controlled Dump Truck:

This 1:10 scale Remote Controlled model of the actual BELL B50D Articulated Dump Truck was built for BELL as part of their marketing campaign during the Ruby finals in South Africa.

The model was scaled down as accurately as possible to maintain proportions of mechanical components like the articulating steering and dump bucket hinges and levers.

Two brushless electric motors were housed inside the chassis of the Truck. One motor was mounted in the front underneath the cabin and the other bolted to the rear chassis between the two control arms.

Two small electronic servos controlled the articulated steering and allowed for responsive steering.

Top speed was estimated at around 60km p/h with the dump bucket secured in the downward position.

Materials used in the construction of this model included aluminum, steel, fiberglass, and vinyl.

Chassis components were laser-cut out of 3mm aluminum sheet and folded into shape using a CNC controlled Press-break. The suspension struts were made out of 8mm aluminum plate to be able to handle the force generated by off-road use.

All aluminum parts were coated in 2 layers of enamel paint and included the fibreglass cabin.

The 4 batteries were mounted inside the Fiberglass cabin along with ESC (Electronic Speed Control).

I designed this Truck in collaboration with Tri-Design while working as a Freelance Industrial Designer in 2008 in South Africa.

BP 14M Signage Pylon:

BP approached SPT (Special Products and Technologies) to build a 14 Meter Advertising Pylon for a Fuel Station on the N2 heading out of Cape Town.

The Skeleton of the pylon was engineered to be 3 main stackable frames that are bolted together on top of each other to give a foundation for the cladding.

Exterior body panels were covered with 1mm Aluminum sheeting and painted accordingly with UV resistant enamel paint.

My role was to design all the parts and assemblies that were needed for cladding the pylon including the base frames to allow parts to be fixed to the skeleton. Base frames were then cladded with the 1mm Aluminum sheeting and glued together using body panel adhesive.

The main concept was to create the pylon in the shape of an aircraft wing. Having rounded surfaces meant the wrapping could be applied in sections to make up the overall shape.

I designed the exterior casing for the 14m Pylon while working at SPT (Special Products and Technologies) as an Industrial Designer in 2009 in South Africa.

Modular Pre-Fabricated Office:

Kwikbuild was a LONRHO backed company selling Pre-Fabricated buildings to African mining companies and Police Forces.

I had to take the original drawing of the office and convert it into a fully working SOLIDWORKS model for library implementation of standard parts.

Floor drawings were created for welders to construct steel bases.

Bases are stacked in sequence and bolted together through preset holes. 4" x 8" Plywood boards fit on top of frames without any need for cutting. Screws fix boards directly into steel frames.Panels we made by laminating 0.9mm CHROMADEK on both sides of a 40mm sheet of polystyrene pre-cut for male/female joints.

This office was built for a mining installation to include rooms for people to reside in.

The Modular Pre-Fabricated Office was designed while working for Kwikbuild in South Africa during 2011.

BAT Vending Machine & Card Reader Casing:

This vending was designed for BAT (British American Tobacco) and was a fully monitored electronic vending machine with a custom designed debit card reader.

The design was mainly focussed around the user's interaction with the machine and how it could be felt more intuitively without the need for prior operating experience. Enhanced electronic systems allowed maintenance checkups to be done remotely and restocking could be automated through online diagnostics tools.

After the foundation of the design was finalised,  an exterior wrapping was created to enhance aesthetics and allowed for easier interchangeability of branding.

I designed this Vending Machine in collaboration with Vinallti Ltd. while working as a Freelance Industrial Designer in South Africa in 2007.