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Design of an orange juicer focused on usability

Stoffers, T. (2018) Design of an orange juicer focused on usability.

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Abstract:This project was executed as a part of the bachelor assignment of Industrial design at the University of Twente. In order to fulfil this project an internship was done at design centre Brightbird in Groningen. The aim of the assignment was to design an orange juicer with increased usability, specifically aimed at the reduction and removal of the pulp. Starting point in the design process was the Inventum GC75, as the original designer, Bart Kip, who also supervised the internship at Brightbird, knew all the ins and outs of this product. Based on the GC75 an orange juicer with a modern look, matching the high mid-end segment and increased usability was developed as follows. For the greater part the design process was carried out according to Eger, Bonnema, Lutters, & van den Voort (2013). In the preliminary phase research was done on the current juicer market, style trends in kitchen design, a task analysis of an orange juicer, the GC75 was analysed and patents were researched. This resulted in a choice for the market segment, a choice for styling and requirements were set. The high mid-end was chosen in combination with a not too distinct design, in order to cover the chosen market segment in the best possible way. Apart from the general requirements there was a strong focus on usability and pulp reduction within the requirements. Then the ideation phase was started, in this phase solutions were generated for a mechanism aimed at the reduction of the juicer getting soiled by pulp, without a decrease in juice. Two ideas with potency came up in this phase. After the ideation phase a start was made with the concept phase. During the concept phase these two ideas were elaborated, with a strong focus on fitting the new mechanism within the juicer and the feasibility of the design (costs, usability, performance and expected lifetime). Two prototypes were made to test the mechanism. This resulted in the decision for the final concept. The embodiment and design phase was the last design phase. In this phase a design was created for the looks of the juicer and the way in which the mechanism is implemented. Furthermore the juicer was made in CAD. Using this model renders could be made, resulting in the final design with the potential of being further developed.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:20 art studies
Programme:Industrial Design BSc (56955)
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