April 19, 2010

Skeletons in the Jellypod

Posted in Design, Modelling tagged , , , , at 8:26 am by Kilo

One of the simple but useful innovations in a Jellypod is the way we mimic nature to create visible internal structure – a skeleton.

In the renderings below you can see several variations on the skeleton theme, ranging from a full semi-rigid frame to soft dividers that allow users to organize their toiletries a little better – for instance keeping hair brushes away from liquids and toothbrushes away from  hair brushes.

The Jellypod above features a component that we eventually put to one side for later incarnations, the full internal skeleton made form a slightly harder grade of material (by the way one of the technicalities we have come to understand during this process is the specification of material hardness, graded on the Shore A scale). The Jellypod below shows a more natural internal structure with soft radii that is a more pleasing visual effect but actually much harder to make technically.

In this last picture you can also start to see we are experimenting with coloration. To comply with security rules it is really important that the Jellypods are transparent, but they can also have a very slight coloration to allow for personal taste.

The really nice thing about all these designs is the way we could play with the structure and form in CAD and examine in minute detail the impact of design changes on the way the Jellypods worked. Below you can see another intermediate design in a cutaway view on the CAD system – the light green plane is the cutaway section through the Jellypod. This allows us to see inside the bag and check tiny details:-

Later this week we’ll let you experience this aspect of our process yourself – we’ll be releasing short video showing the capabilities a modern 3D visualization system and allowing you to zoom into the very tiny recesses of a Jellypod. Stay tuned!

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