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Formation Develops 3D Printer

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

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Formation Design Group recently developed a large format fused deposition, 3D printer that also features an integrated laser cutter. Although we typically develop products for client companies, the new rapid prototyping system was an internal project driven by our own use cases and prototyping needs.

After years of outsourcing rapid prototype components, Formation purchased a commercial stereo-lithography system for creating highly accurate prototypes. Although useful, SLA parts have limitations and tend to have higher raw material costs when compared to most common 3D printers or fused deposition based prototyping equipment. After considering a range of commercially available 3D printers to supplement our SLA machine, none was an ideal fit for our needs. Consequently, we decided to develop our own!

Because of its large build envelope of 330mm by 330mm by 230mm, material flexibility and integrated laser cutter, our new system has proven immediately useful. Since its creation, our initial system has been running and producing high quality prototype components nearly nonstop. The development of the system was led by Formation Mechanical Engineer Francis Garing who carried out mechanical design, software development, systems integration, testing and optimization for the printer. Based on the success of the initial design, we are now creating an even larger system with a build envelope measuring 600mm by 600mm by 1220mm.

The ability to quickly and inexpensively generate large rapid prototype components supports our “hands-on” development philosophy and encourages casual experimentation. Industrial Designer Ben Bailey had this to say, “Even though we’ve always had multi-axis CNC capabilities and a substantial prototype lab, with the creation of our first 3D printer there was an instant, positive effect on our work flow. Being able to quickly realize prototypes and test ideas on a whim and without worrying about cost has had a very positive effect on my creativity and how I work.”

Medical Product Innovation Workshop

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

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Formation’s Phil Palermo will be co-hosting an Innovation Generation workshop at the inaugural Usability Ecosystem Medical Design Conference in Tampa Florida. Phil will collaborate with Joe Cesa from Kimberly Clark to lead a work session focused on translating research based insights into tangible concept solutions.

The transition between design research and synthesized research based concepts is often a critical time in the development process. Rationalizing research insights related to usability and workflow with functional requirements is an essential part of synthesizing viable medical solutions.

During the workshop Joe and Phil will share methods for prioritizing and working with research based insights to create robust concept solutions. For more about the conference and the development of medical products please visit the Usability Ecosystem’s conference site.

Innovation Methods Workshop

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Formation’s Russell Kroll will be providing an innovation methods workshop through GENERAL ASSEMBLY on August 28th, 2014 at Atlanta’s Goat Farm + Arts Center from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

If you haven’t heard of GENERAL ASSEMBLY you should definitely check-em out. Established in early 2011 as an innovative community in New York City for entrepreneurs and start-up companies, General Assembly is an educational institution that transforms thinkers into creators through education in technology, business and design at nine campuses across four continents. They are an interesting group doing great things, we’re lucky to have one of their nine campuses right here in Atlanta!

Russell’s Innovation Methods session is an overview course intended to demystify the innovation process while offering tools and resources to advance your creative development work. The session we’ll look beyond current trends to address innovation as a repeatable process. In doing so it will  review strategies for understanding a problem space, developing initial approaches, refining solutions, prototyping, evaluation and realization. In addition to these methods, it will cover how to best build you’re your innovation team.

For More info or to purchase a ticket please visit GENERAL ASSEMBLY’s site.

Award Winning Research + Design Process

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Avon Formation Industrial Design Excellence Award

The research and design of AVON’s new SCBA was recognized with a GOLD Industrial Designers Society of America, International Design Excellence Award (IDEA). Started in 1980, the IDEA program fosters business and public understanding regarding the impact of industrial design excellence and represents one of the most coveted and prestigious design industry awards.

Formation worked with AVON Protection’s product managers, engineers and marketing specialists to research and design the new DELTAIR Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (S.C.B.A.). The development of the Deltair system was planned to coincide with the introduction of new regulations governing firefighter SCBAs. The goal of the project was to use the new regulations, along with input from end users to develop the world’s best breathing system for firefighters.

SCBAs are used in extremely harsh conditions by professionals under tremendous physical and mental stress. The life-sustaining nature of the product and its extreme use context presented the development team with many challenges. Most significant was the fact that no one on the design team had or could ever have first-hand experience using a SCBA in a real world, life-threatening situation. Because of this, the development of the Deltair system was conceived as a co-design project involving seasoned firefighters. During contextual work sessions, the design team collaborated with 38 active duty firefighters from 9 departments across the U.S to design the best SCBA possible.

About The Industrial Designers Society of America
With its roots reaching back to 1938 and founded in 1965, the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) is the world’s oldest, largest, member-driven society for industrial design. IDSA represents professionals in product design, interaction design, human factors, ergonomics, design research, design management, universal design and related design fields. The society produces the renowned International Design Excellence Award® (IDEA) competition annually; hosts the International Design Conference and five regional conferences each year; and publishes Innovation, a quarterly journal on design, and designBytes, a weekly e-newsletter highlighting the latest headlines in the design world. IDSA’s charitable arm, the Design Foundation, supports the dissemination of undergraduate and graduate scholarships annually to further industrial design education. The organization has more than 3,000 members in 29 professional chapters in the U.S. and internationally.

The Next Big Thing Caterpillars New 7495

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

 

 

Formation recently collaborated with with Caterpillar’s electric rope shovel team and Steve Casey of Ergonomics Systems Design on the development of the new Cat 7495.

The Caterpillar 7495 is an extremely large and highly specialized excavator. Weighing in at over 1,300 tons it’s is one of the largest and most advanced pieces of earth moving equipment ever created. The 7495 is capable of moving over 100 tons of material per pass. This capacity combined with electric drive and dig systems results in extremely efficient operation. Formation contributed to the development of the big Cat’s new operator-centric cab and control system. Designed for efficiency and crew comfort, the cab’s isolated operator station, glass cockpit and optimized sight lines afford unprecedented comfort, control and productivity. Amenities include fully customizable joystick controls, multi-screen 360° remote vision systems, a kitchen complete with refrigerator, coffee maker and microwave, lavatory, trainer seat, observer seat and ample equipment storage.

The development of the 7495’s cab and control systems were the culmination of a user centered design process that included contextual research and workshops with more than 80 miners from Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America. The development process was featured in the November 2012 issue of Industrial Vehicle Technology (IVT). For more information, please download the PDF case study or visit IVT’s website. The 7495 is currently in production and available from Caterpillar.

 

Congratulations To The Crown Design Team!

Monday, January 21st, 2013

 

 

Congratulations to the Crown Equipment management, design and engineering team for garnering a Gold International Design Excellence Award. The RM 6000S MonoLift™ reach truck continues Crown’s tradition of innovation, uncompromising design and renowned engineering. The RM 6000S is the first reach truck in the world to use a single column mast. This innovative feature provides operators with enhanced visibility and enables a broad range of benefits, including; the ability to sit, lean or stand. This creates a more comfortable, less fatiguing experience that delivers greater operator, truck and enterprise-wide productivity.

A distinguished panel of judges recognized the design of the RM 6000S with a Gold International Design Excellence Award. The IDEA Gold award is one of industry’s highest honors. Formation supported Crown’s internal Design team during the development of the new RM 6000S and related programs.

About the International Design Excellence Awards
The International Design Excellence Awards are presented by the Industrial Designers Society of America in association with the Henry Ford Museum, Core77 and Curve Magazine. The IDEAs represent one of the highest honors for product developers and the Industrial Design profession.

About The Industrial Designers Society of America
With its roots reaching back to 1938 and founded in 1965, the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) is the world’s oldest, largest, member-driven society for industrial design. IDSA represents professionals in product design, interaction design, human factors, ergonomics, design research, design management, universal design and related design fields. The society produces the renowned International Design Excellence Award® (IDEA) competition annually. The organization has more than 3,000 members in 29 professional chapters in the US and around the world.

 

NCR Recognized With an International Design Excellence Award

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

The industrial design of the new 30 Series Terminal for Atlanta based NCR Corporation was recognized with an Industrial Designers Society of America, International Design Excellence Award (IDEA). The IDEAs are presented by the Industrial Designers Society of America in association with the Henry Ford Museum, Core77 and Curve Magazine. They represent one of the highest honors for product developers and the Industrial Design profession.

Formation had the pleasure of working with a world class group of NCR’s product managers, engineers and senior managers to develop the new 30 Series terminal. Our central challenge was to develop a space-efficient platform and new line language suitable for commercial use and capable of scaling with the addition of accessories. By considering the entire platform at the outset of the project the design team was able to plan for a broad range of potential applications and implementations. The system is a true 360° product intended to be viewed from all sides. It appears integrated, balanced and intentional across a multitude of potential configurations.

For more on the development of the New 30 Series please watch the video or contact Formation Design Group.

Georgia Tech, Formation and the Next Generation of Designers

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Formation was pleased to participate in “Designing the World Around You” an Industrial Design summer camp for aspiring designers at Georgia Tech. Faculty from Georgia Tech in conjunction with The Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing, CEISMC (pronounced “seismic”), hosted a large group of middle school students for a week long Industrial Design camp.

Energetically lead by GT design instructor Raja Schaar, young designers worked in teams to explore how and why everyday objects are made. From there they carried out their own hands-on design projects culminating in group presentations.

Formation participated by presenting a range of completed projects to illustrate the diverse array of products and industries that benefit from Industrial Design. Although the design process is relatively consistent the range of potential design careers is almost limitless.

With the exception of an aggressive line of questioning from a middle-school student regarding ‘exactly how much money designers make”, we managed to make it through our presentation unscathed. Hopefully, we had a positive influence on the next generation Georgia Tech Industrial Designers.

Congratulations Suzuko + Team!

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

As the name implies, film racing is a contest in which competitors are given an assigned theme and constraints that must be included in an original short film. Teams take films from script to completion in a dizzying 24 hours.

Serving as art director, Formation Designer Suzuko Hisata and her team scripted, staged, shot and edited a short film for the 2011 24 Hour Film Race. The film entitled “Running” is based on the assigned theme of identity theft.  The film introduces a level of abstraction and cleverly turns the notion of identity theft on its head by creating a character without an identity. Running and other films can be viewed online.

Running was recognized as one of the standout films for 2011 and garnered a host of awards, including:

• Best Cinematography – Overall Awards 2011

• Best Direction – Atlanta 2011

• Best Actor – Atlanta 2011

• Best Actress – Atlanta 2011

• Best Cinematography – Atlanta 2011

• Best Editing – Atlanta 2011

• Best Sound Design – Atlanta 2011

• Best Set Design – Atlanta 2011

• Best Visual FX – Atlanta 2011

For more information on film racing, please visit www.filmracing.com

Enough Design to Fill a Postal Code

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Formation recently attended the annual NeoCon trade show. NeoCon is North America’s largest design exposition and conference for the commercial, hospitality, healthcare and retail interiors industry.

Each year Chicago’s Merchandise Mart hosts more than 40,000 NeoCon attendees. To say it’s a big show is an understatement. When it first opened in 1930 the Merchandise Mart was the largest building in the world and needed its own zip code. Today every floor is packed with the best contract furniture the industry has to offer.

For images from this year’s show please visit Formation’s Neocon 2012 Flickr set.