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STORAGE OF COMPUTER GAMING EQUIPMENT - PRODUCT ANALYSIS

EXAMPLE ONE

 

V. Ryan 2014

 

 

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This self assembly, lightweight storage unit organises all your computer gaming equipment. It saves room and allows access to all the equipment and items stored on it. It stores 18 video games, games consoles and other equipment, as seen in the photograph. A TV stands on the top surface.
 
 
 
MATERIALS:
Name suitable materials, that would be suitable for the manufacture the gaming equipment storage unit shown above. Explain your selection.
 
The main ‘metal’ frame is manufactured from mild steel tube, as it is strong and relatively lightweight. The joints are ‘bronze welded’, a technique also used on bicycle frames. This means that the frame will flex, helping it withstand heavy weights and forces. It has been powder coated with scratch resistant paint. The shelves and top are manufactured from moulded polypropylene, as it can be formed into detailed shapes, which are strong and also scratch resistant. The shelves can be manufactured in a range of colours. The combination of materials results in a lightweight and yet strong system.
 
STRENGTH AND STABILITY:
Does the storage unit look strong? Likely to last many years / decades? Explain your answer.
 
The storage system is very stable, due to the way the steel tubes are bronze welded into a ‘structure’. It is capable of storing quite heavy weights. The system withstands sideway ‘knocks’, remaining standing and intact. This is a long-lasting storage system.
 
 
 
AESTHETICS AND STYLE:
What do think of the way the storage unit looks?
 
I like the ‘minimalist’ design, as it is simple and yet effective. It follows modernist / Bauhaus design principles. I think it is stylish because of the way the equipment is organised and held, allowing ease of access. The choice of materials and colour scheme give the unit a modern look / appeal. Anthropometric data has been used to produce a stylish ergonomic storage unit. The fact that there are no cupboards and closed storage, means that all the equipment is on show, arranged symmetrically.
 
FUNCTIONALITY:
Describe all the functions of the storage unit.
 
It is functional, holding a good range of computer games equipment. All the equipment is easy to access, most being at a comfortable height, due to its ergonomic design. Also, due to its ‘open’ design, each piece of equipment is on show. The two guitars, each on either side of the storage unit add balance and symmetry. The monitor is probably at the right height for most users. The design is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also functional.
 
 
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