Industrial Group Project
University of Strathclyde
EcoClean’s task was to redesign and develop an innovative smart spray bottle that would best showcase an eco-friendly solution for self-cleaning work surfaces in homes, workplaces, and other public areas. The main challenge was to design a sleek, sophisticated bottle that could be displayed and blend into any environment. Additionally, the smart technology would sense the bottle emptying and notifications would inform the user when a cleaning pod refill was required.
The team first started the project by sketching up a variety of possible designs for the client since they wanted fresh new ideas and to make the spray bottle look subtle and futuristic.
After discussions with the client and a better understanding of his image for the bottle we were able to start prototyping the design from foamboard to gain a greater understanding of not only the size of the bottle but the ergonomics of the bottle and how it would fix in the user's hand.
With the team delegating tasks during lcokdown the objectives of the project had to change since we were no longer able to use workshops or have access to proper machines or materials.
My task was to prove and prototype the trigger mechanism which was first drawen up roughly on CAD until physical prototypes could be created. The trigger/pump mechanism pulls back horizontally into the bottle and with insipration from a water pistol pump, different variations and developments were implemented into the design
After continous developments and alterations the team were able to 3D print the final desgin which gave us an oppurtunity to compare it to other bottles and allow real users to actaully test the design out for themselves by incorporating a water pistol pump into the print.