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DEVELOPED DESIGN - COMPUTER GAMES EQUIPMENT STORAGE

 

V. Ryan 2014

 

 

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Select what you consider to be your best design.

Using notes and sketches develop your design in the space below and on the next page.

Explain your choice of materials, constructional details and design features including dimensions / sizes. Also include reference to the finishes applied to the materials.
   
This is my chosen computer equipment storage unit. It has chromed steel handles so that it can be ‘picked up’ and pulled or pushed along the floor.

The PETE trays are injection moulded. These can be purchased commercially. They slide into the storage unit and then the lid can be closed. They will hold most computer gaming equipment.

Strong PP wheels are located at each corner. They withstand wear and tear and are lightweight.
 
 
 
Butt hinges will be used to connect the lid to the main body. These are study and strong.

The chromed steel handles are threaded at both ends, so that they can be bolted to the underneath of the lid, with a nut and a washer. The handles can be removed if required, by simply undoing the nut.
   
A steel rod is used as an axle. Locknuts are used to secure each polypropylene wheel in position. The wheels will not loosen, unless a spanner is used, whilst dismantling.
 
 
 
DOVETAIL JOINTS
If a customer requests a superior, hand made storage unit, dovetail joints will be used. This will take far longer than all the other proposed joints, but it looks better and is much stronger.

KNOCKDOWN JOINTS
This knock down joint is a possibility. It will provide a reasonably strong joint, although it will take five minutes to assemble each corner.
DOWEL JOINTS
Dowel joints are quick and easy to construct, especially using a template to line up the dowels with the holes.
This is the most likely joint, as it is strong and quick to construct.
This joint is the most cost effective method.
   
The colour scheme is inspired by the Memphis Design Movement of the 1980s. They liked bright colours and applied them to their products. I think this scheme would be most appropriate for a computer games equipment storage unit.

MDF would be the main material, because it is cheap and let strong and durable. Also, it can be sprayed a range of colours, depending on the customers requirements.
   
When the lid is closed, the storage unit can be used as a seat, as the top has a built in cushion.
 
 
 
 
The final design can be customised by the customer. He / she can order stickers from a range of favourite computer games characters.
 
 
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