One of the things I really enjoy about my job, is working in a environment that promotes creative designing and provides the resources so that we can solve problems with new and dynamic solutions.
Now this may sound like an exaggeration for what is to follow. But personally for me, I really get a kick out of being able to think up / work on a digital design and print it myself. Never resorting to going to the shops or any tradesman to help make my vision a reality.
An example of what I am referring to is the new jewellery display in the MCHL shop.
What we have here is the lovely and minimal SANNOLIKT curtain rail shelving by Ikea. We originally got this because with our ever increasing jewellery deigns, we felt they deserved a better display than what they currently had.
However, once it was installed, we felt there was something missing. The necklaces were having to be tied (looped over) the wooden rail and it did not make the display look very neat, but we were also wary about it’s affect on the customers.
This is where the fun started….
I was given the task of designing a hook, that would be 3d-printed in the studio to hang the necklaces from. It had to fit the diameter of the rail, without being too loose but with still enough movement to slide it length ways. It should also have enough space to fit the necklace (or chain) easily onto the hook, but without making it easy for shoplifters.
This was the result….
Overall, this little project was tremendously satisfying for me. I was able to create the file and print the final part relatively quickly and the end result was really great. The colour and shape of the design fitted in really well with the Ikea product, so much so that we even tweeted it to @ikeanederland
For me, this is one of the reasons I became interested in CAD/CAM and 3D printing: being able to think of and create new and innovative design solutions.