Below are just a few of the projects that Carbon60 has been able to assist with. In some cases, we provided some design work and not much else - in others we were able to provide an independently managed project in its entirety.
Custom air filtration.
Pictured is one of the custom commercial air filtration units designed for a client. For scale, the unit in the image was more than 6ft tall and nearly 12ft long. Although each project had its own unique design considerations, there were common aspects as well - optimizing airflow through filtration media, sizing motors and blowers and designing sheetmetal components to serve as both structural members and the cabinet body.
Design for sourced components. Automotive.
Chrysler and Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) partnered to forge an entry into the electric vehicle market. The strategy was to utilize as many existing components and subsystems as possible to keep costs within budget. We worked as intermediaries between the designers at Chrysler and the potential suppliers, managing the CAD data and packaging considerations for each component. Design alternatives were proposed regularly in order to optimize the vehicle for manufacturability.
Pictured to the left is only one of many retail displays designed for clients. Although design requirements for these products is generally straightforward, often additional constraints are placed on the project which can add complexity to the design. Knockdown or nested design for overseas sourcing, ability to be reconfigured to accommodate varying product, interconnectivity with existing store fixtures and design cues that complement the overall store layout and design - some examples of client requests for the designs.
On the surface, shown is a simple satellite antenna with a parabolic reflector. Satellite antennae such as these represent a unique blend of electromechanical design - the conversion of RF signals to data streams via mechanical waveguides. The complexity of the project was not limited to the antenna itself but in the logistical detail of things like packaging, labeling and container optimization. With all of these aspects covered, the delicate balance between cost and quality was achieved to the satisfaction of the customer.
Custom foodservice bar.
Our client needed something beyond sketches and catalog images to convey the design to their customer and commit to a significant rollout of this custom foodservice bar. Even though the rendering was conceived quickly, integration of drop-in refrigeration units and typical fabrication methods were included in the design, resulting in an immediate order placement as well as a quick path to a readily manufacturable product.
Store shelving system.
Retailers need to remain flexible with store layouts and their ability to accommodate emerging technologies and products. In response to these needs, a modular rolling shelving system was devised and produced which allowed for drastically improved store reset timelines. The system featured interlocking sections and optimized using analysis tools to ensure that shelf capacities could handle the significant product loads.
Many times, inventors need to convert napkin sketches or a basement prototype to a marketable form suitable for either patent applications or convincing investors of the viability of the product or invention. Carbon60 has been able to assist with many conceptual renderings for this very purpose. This particular image is one in a series depicting an adjustable backrest for a motorcycle.
Moving full sheets of granite throughout the supply chain and into various production steps is difficult and dangerous. We were able to design a mobile granite shipping rack that could be rendered immobile during shipment and even collapse and stack with other racks once empty for return to the country of origin for the granite.