May 9, 2011

Fixing the zipper

Posted in CAD/CAM, Production, Prototyping at 10:13 pm by Kilo

The biggest hurdle we face in production now is the zipper, which to be 100% honest just did not work as planned. Literally back to the drawing board….

But it’s not something to give up on. We’ve studied the issues with the zipper and come up with some nifty observations and found a couple of ways forward.

One of the studies shows how a simple thing like curvature has an impact on the useability of the zipper section. Compare and contrast these two videos:

Highly curved version

Soft curved version

Simple tests like this are key to really understanding what works in the real world and what will make the product clunky and worthless. The next steps are already underway!

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