Module are a company trying to change the world, and we are proud to have supported their journey thus-far. Module believe that the current model of consumption, particularly with regards to consumer technology products is unsustainable, and they are on a mission to drastically lengthen the lifespan of consumer technology products by allowing the owners of such products to have access to spare parts, and empower them with the agency to undertake their own repairs and upgrades as and when parts wear, batteries degrade and components reach the end of their servicable life. Decibel is the first such product in their range, a mobile wireless speaker. Decibel is not simply a product which aims to address environmental concerns in the consumption of such products, but rather competes directly with best-in-class products in the mobile wireless speaker category, that also happens to have the best environmental credentials of them all. We have worked with Module extensively in concept development, engineering, prototyping, testing, project management and significant input into the overall vision for Module and Decibel. we have coordinated the various suppliers, electronics and sound engineers, as well as scrutinising the potential supply chain partners along the way. Decibel is a product still in development, which has raised significant capital through crowd-funding and private investment, and we expect that by early 2019 we will see Decibel finally reach the market and redefine the market expectations for consumer technology products.
Fieldays innovation award-winning company Farm Medix came to us with the challenge of designing an on-farm water filtration system, based on their vast knowledge of microbiology and water-bourne pathogens which contribute to disease, infection and productivity losses in farming systems. We were tasked with configuring a unit that was compact, easily serviced, and cost effective to manufacture using conventional fabrication processes. We assisted Farm Medix with every facet of the process, including sourcing and importation of components, pre-production prototyping, electrical provisions, production drawings and documentation, and commissioning of initial units on-farm. The units are manufactured using a combination of laser-cut and folded sheet-metal, and hydro-forming.
The end result is a unit that has seen huge, bankable improvements in animal health and productivity, through the simple value proposition of providing safe, clean and highly palatable drinking water to the animals.
QP Sport are a small, innovative company operating out of New Plymouth, exporting high-performing sports protective equipment to loyal customers all over the world. We have had the pleasure of working with QP Sport on several projects over the years, the two shown here and mens and womens protective chest guards used in contact sports such as fencing and football. We assisted QP in translating the designs from more rudimentary, labour-intensive processes (vacuum-forming and trimming) to injection-molded items. In the case of the mens guard, we were able to produce 5 different sizes using only 2 tools. The womens guards are a real showcase of our organic-modelling ability in Solidworks, starting with 3D-scanning data and reverse-engineering the existing forms. We took these projects all the way through tool-design and toolmaking to production, using entirely local engineering and manufacturing capability.
Stone Strong Systems worked with Indemic to develop a comprehensive system for creating large blocks for retaining walls in civil construction projects. The system was designed from scratch by Indemic, working closely with the team and Stone Strong, and relied on the extensive use of 3D printing to validate the production process throughout, derisking the entire project and ensuring a robust final outcome. The final components of the system are a range of modular, interchangable parts which are put into large concrete block forming molds, allowing the insertion of pins and anchoring straps that provide the bulk of the retention in a given wall. We provided a full service to Stone Stong, including concept development, engineering, prototyping and testing, CNC machining and tool design, as well as technical illustrations for patent applications.
We have had the pleasure of working with StretchSense on a number of projects over the last few years. Our first project with them was to embark on the design of a ‘Smart Glove’ which showcased their proprietary sensor technology in collaboration with Intel, used in a performance piece at CES in Las-Vegas in early 2017 - one of the biggest technology events in the world . StretchSense are University of Auckland alumni, who design and manufacture stretchable silicon sensors predominantly for use in wearable-tech type products. The sensors work by changing their electrical properties as they stretch, and in this application were used to create a glove which had the ability to be used as a ‘Virtual Instrument’ in a musical performance of Jai Ho, from the film Slumdog Millionaire. Indemic were tasked with full creative direction of the project, including conceptualising, producing prototypes, heat-press printing patterns, creating 3D printed enclosures for the electronics, and integrating the sensors - essentially working with the StretchSense team within a tight deadline to create a fully functioning solution.
Southstar Equipment manufactures a range of machinery used for the plantation forestry harvesting and processing of primarily pine and eucalyptus species. Indemic was asked to provide 3D visualisations of some of their machines for use in promotional material in both digital and print media. These renders were produced in the Solidworks Photoview 360 rendering package.
Strona are a domestic-market Chinese manufacturer who came to Indemic to design their own range of Square-Bar roof racks to compete with the larger European and American brands. Indemic provided a full service from early stage concept, mechanical testing and validation, engineering and development right through to fully manufactured solution. We heavily utilised 3D metal printing in the validation of the mechanical elements of this design, which proved to be and incredibly efficient and effective means of validation. The result is a super-clean, functional design which we believe would be at home atop many of the worlds best automotive brands.
Part of the refresh of the Fisher & Paykel Activesmart platform of refrigeration products, the ice and water dispenser is the most visual element and a key touchpoint for users. In its previous incarnation it was also the interface for controlling the functions and features of both the fridge and freezer compartments. In this version however, functionally and aesthetically it is paired back and simplified to reveal a more sleek and timeless design.
Considerable work went into specifying the material finish of the housing to ensure a subtle matt finish with long-term scratch and stain resistance. In-mould decoration was used to achieve the specified piano-black fascia to match the housing, as well as the chrome details which add depth and highlights to the product as a whole.
The design of the fridge/freezer user interface was part of a bigger project which saw the refresh of the ActiveSmart refrigerator platform at Fisher & Paykel. Previously the user interface sat at the back of the fridge obscured by contents, and thus often hard to see and operate. Now located behind the door hinge, the new interface is easily seen and interacted with. It is a touch-sensitive panel whose hierarchy is clearly laid-out with primary functions at the top and secondary below.
We have been working with Mark and the team at Edwards & Co. over the last few years to assist with designing a few key products to add to their range, and refresh some of their existing products with higher quality materials and the introduction of a design language that they can begin to incorporate across their entire product suite. The infant insert was our first soft-good project for Edwards&Co, and was a sell-out hit at its first Auckland Baby Show outing in 2017. We look forward to showcasing more of the work we have been undertaking with Edwards&Co in the near future - watch this space!
Goodwater is an in-house venture to improve potable water quality delivered to animals on-farm, improving productivity and animal health outcomes. It is an early-stage venture which has a number of layers that will be rolled out over the next 12-18 months, both product and service-focused. We have been researching and understanding the needs and pain-points of our customers, building equipment, testing on-farm, and have developed the Goodwater brand in-house, complete with a number of innovative offerings which provide real value to farmers.
Indemic has supported Southstar Equipment for the past 3 years from the launch of their initial 500 Quadstar harvester through to their big-dog 630 Quadstar. We have been called on in varying capacities from engineering and design assistance, through brainstorming ways to make the equipment more servicable, or the integration of new technologies and manufacturing methods. Southstar are constantly pushing the limits and we are proud to support their continued growth in the forestry sector. Pictured is but a small sample of some of the work we have undertaken, in this case renders and technical illustrations of components for their website.
The Ferret wireless camera project was an exercise in refreshing an existing product with a fresh, relevant and fitting aesthetic to the target market - Trades people. The camera is design for remotely viewing inside ceiling and wall cavities and remotely reaching wiring and cables, and enabling the user to pull new cables through areas where human access is impossible. We were tasked with producing a range of concepts, which elevated the product such that it better represented the premium price point and value proposition of the product. We were also tasked with producing a range of concepts to address the digital usability and UI issues with the present product.
The Malt Mechanics Conical Fermenter is an internal project which brings together a passion for making home-brewed craft beer with a love of design and tinkering. Indemic took this project on to fill a gap in the market, both locally and internationally, for a well-priced, highly-spec'd and professional quality conical fermenter that meets the needs of both aspiring and professional-level home-brewers. The fermenter is made from HDPE, with all other components in 304 stainless, and is fast becoming the most popular plastic conical fermenter on the market! We have been humbled by the response to this product and will continue to further develop this brand. All testing, prototyping, product development, brand development, engineering, and local and international procurement has been handled in-house. We welcome distributor inquiries for this product.
Indemic was brought in mid-project to assist Mercer on the development of a 16L Autoclave due to insignificant in-house resource to meet the intended project deadlines. Taking what was essentially a box of bits, we worked up some very quick Industrial Design sketches then proceeded into CAD development, delivering our first fully operational prototype 8 weeks from initial contact. We proceeded through testing, validation, FEA and a further 2 prototypes. Indemic created concepts, CAD, full mechanical design including an entirely new latching system, manufacturing drawings and all documentation for certification and testing. The result is the smallest and lightest Autoclave in its class by nearly 30%, with significant reductions in servicing requirements.
We have worked with Southstar Equipment extensively over the years, providing both Industrial Design, and Mechanical engineering services on a range of products. This particular project was a conceptual exploration of the hand-controls used in the excavators which operate Southstar’s harvesting heads. The project was commissioned in conjunction with the team at TiDA in Tauranga to showcase their Titanium 3D printing capabilities (Selective Laser Sintering- SLS), producing incredibly strong, light weight parts. The forms were designed with the 3D-printing process in mind, and included the incorporation of functional moving parts, threads and clips, all produced in a single 3D print with very little post-processing.
These propagation trays were whipped up from a simple concept for a client over the course of 2 days. They are modular and can be clipped together in a number of different configurations. All design detail for Injection Moulding was also taken care of, another example of our end-to-end process.
Indemic have worked with the team at Millar extensively over the last few years on a number of projects. The T-base was a fantastic collaboration that had a number of technical challenges in both manufacturing and assembly (DFM) and design rationalisation. We were tasked with providing an entirely new concept for the T-base - a wireless charging platform used to provide power to a telemeter being used on the top surface of the device for a number of medical/pharmaceutical testing applications. We worked with the team at Millar to come up with a more efficient wireless charging array, and means by which to produce a cost-effective low-medium volume manufactured solution in which it was housed - in this case we employed vacuum-forming and laser-cutting to provide a clever means of assembling and retaining the inductive wires used for charging. Other considerations were the improvement of the overall presentation of the product, thermal management of the components within and the need to package the products efficiently for export in a fixed DHL package - withstanding the rigors of international shipping whilst remaining protected. We undertook various elements of the project for Millar, including prototyping and validation at various points along the journey, right through to tool design and initial production QA of off-tool samples.
This project was inspired by a friend asking me to build a go-kart for his kids...got a bit carried away. Flat-packable and incorporating a foot brake, CNC routed from plywood, mostly snap together with just a few screws. Road tested down the port hills in Christchurch, including a spectacular crash (durability testing...). Inquiries welcome on this, we would love to make a few more
Sugar came to us to design an Ipad stand which met a number of functional requirements that their former stand could not fulfil, including the need to both swivel and have angle-adjustment to avoid glare, and have a receptacle for the loyalty program cards. Within a week we had thrashed out a round of concepts and were into detailed CAD, such were the constricted time frames Sugar were working to. 2 rounds of Prototyping followed, with Indemic project managing the manufacturing of all components, thus delivering a complete end-to-end solution in a very short time frame. We created a clever solution which meet the volume aspirations of Sugars business, without any up-front capital investment, whilst meeting the clients price point.
This project took an existing product from a basic refrigerator platform and through the redesign of key features and functions placed it in a more premium, designer category. The redesign included basic changes to the user interface, designing and specifying extrusions for shelf trims and integration kits and a redesign of the door shelf.
One of the key considerations when redesigning the user interface were the requirements of the market into which the product was to be sold. This impacts on the language used i.e Holiday Mode vs Vacation Mode, the hierarchy of the information presented and the way in which the interface is designed from an aesthetic perspective. Some markets like a bit of bling whilst other markets prefer subtlety.
Children are growing up with more access to technology than ever before. Their opportunity to build fundamental life skills learnt through practical real-world experiences is declining. Kit-Netic changes that.
Kit-Netic is a system of products that foster experience-based learning for children and adults. It unlocks practical play, innovation and sharing of knowledge between generations.
The first Kit-Netic product is the Kit-Netic Soapbox Racer that children (and adults) are able to construct and race as a team, building valuable hands-on skills and social experiences. It has a hard, durable base structure with a customisable cardboard body shell. Various shell designs could be purchased separately to bring new personality to the racer. The Kit-Netic Soapbox Racer has the potential to be a niche product internationally. The design is material-conscious and creates minimal waste.
Indemic were approached by one of New Zealands foremost Knife brands, Victory Knives, to produce a range of concepts for a new knife scabbard, which could also act as a piece of hang-sell packaging in a retail environment. The requirements were that it had to look amazing and present the product well, drain water, have provision for a belt, be configurable to accommodate a number of knife sizes and shapes, and be cost-effective to both produce and tool. Indemic came up with a concept which utilised plastic extrusion in conjunction with Injection moulding, which allowed the design to be fabricated to lengths suitable for the knife being packaged without excessive capital overhead in tooling.
StretchSense approached us to work up some quick packaging concepts for their developer kits - these are essentially small samples of the range of sensors they develop that allow product development teams to build and test prototypes quickly and easily using StretchSense technology. We designed a number of options which we thought best conveyed the StretchSense brand, and presented the products in such a way that it was easy and logical for the customer to remove and configure the products for their application - creating a beautiful ‘out-of-box’ experience if you will. We prototyped, printed and tested a number of these ideas to validate the experience and ensure they did an adequate job of protecting and storing the products, whilst conveying the brand appropriately.
Emma's great-grandfather was a manufacturing watch-maker and jeweller and after discovering his beautiful old toolbox full of clock hands and instruments from a time long-gone, inspiration struck and from it a range of necklaces was born. Spurred on by the encouragement of family and friends - many of whom spent countless nights around the dining room table sanding and filing cast pieces with her - Emma designed 6 pieces, coordinated an exhibition evening and launched them all in a gallery in central Auckland in 2008.
Indemic was brought in to assist EHL on the contract to re-fit the HMNZS Canterbury with new accommodation ladders. We were tasked with many different components of the project, including some of the fitting and project management work. The control panels were our opportunity to display a bit of Industrial Design prowess, extracting the operational logic required for the ladders and doors, and turning these into refined concepts which ensure simple and effective operation.
These images illustrate several Fisher & Paykel laundry projects, from full interface redesigns to simple icon designs to illustrate wash cycles etc.
The most extensive of these projects was the complete redesign of the AquaSmart washing machine user interface. Although constrained to existing components, employing front-end design research methods such as using post-it notes to visually map the flow of information (from the moment the user presses the power button until the cycle end) helped to eliminate the things which were stalling the flow of information, whilst simultaneously revealing the factors which made the user interface intuitive and logical to navigate. Once several concepts had been reviewed bitmaps of each screen were then created in order to prototype and user test the most robust of these concepts.
In conjunction with the design of the screen, the fascia behind which the screen sits was also given a refresh. This panel is manufactured using In Mould Decoration with subtle chrome details around buttons and on the company logo. This visually lends an element of depth to the part/product which imparts a sense of quality appropriate to the level of product.
Revolution Fibres approached Indemic to provide some high-level concepts for their new nanofibre production machinery - a proprietary process Revolution Fibres have developed for the production of products used in the pharmaceutical, textile and medical industries, among others. Revolution Fibres wanted a design that was simple, clean, provided easy access, and simple placement of the user controls, as well as being a defining product in Revolution Fibres desire to establish their own brand language. This project was quickly turned around, with significant engagement as to the simplest ways to produce the proposed ideas. The result was a very happy customer!
A bit of banter between a few mates, and the decision was made to build ourselves some single-speed steeds - a competition of course. Needless to say, I won (hope you're reading this Filbee..!). A matching helmet scavenged was from a swap-meet and adorned in the same livery. Nick’s former life restoring and painting cars lent itself well to the pin-striping and custom 3-layer masking work. The Disco Stick may well be the flashest $20 trade me bike one has ever seen, aside from of-course Em's mixte bike featured here too, another $20 special. Not quite as detailed, but there was some effort involved in getting the net-curtain effect to apply well to the bike without the detail merging. This bike continues its service today in full kid-carrier, grocery-getter mode, complete with the custom-laced wheels I hand-built for the Disco Stick - albeit now with the obligatory 3-speed Sturmy-Archer hub laced in on the rear.
The McKechnie Metals ute deck was an extension of McKechnie's existing Titan brand for an OEM application. Mitsubishi motors UK showed interest in the standard Titan product, but cost and fitment time were major issues. Some significant rationalisation of the standard design, and a few clever pieces of tube forming, pressing and assembly resulted in a much simplified but still highly functional product. Fitment time was reduced from 3+ hours to 25 minutes from out of the box, to drive-away. Suffice to say, the first container load was not a hard sell for McKechnies.