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This week, our cold brew project took a few big steps forward in its development. We now have more detailed renderings and even a mold for the carafe. Symon, an industrial design at 1B, talked through some of the challenges in the development of the product.

  1. What challenges came up during the development of the design?

Unlike traditional product development, we don’t really have a lot of time to iterate through things. Quickly deciding on certain aspects and sticking with them have been tough.

  1. What was the hardest part about combining the three winning designs?

It actually wasn’t too difficult because of the people we had working on it, but combining aspects of the all the designs while still making it functional proved to be a bit of a challenge. Leveraging and balancing the skill sets of everyone to their full potential, also proved to be a bit challenging.

The overall hour-glass form was attributed to the winner, the materials from the second place winner (which also lined up with our research), and the carafe from the third place winner.

We feel that the contrast combines together to create an iteration that plays on the strengths of the various aspects.

  1. How has 3D printing helped you in the development of the product?

3D printing allows us to touch and feel the product rather than just analyze it on a computer screen. Sketch and CAD allow you to assume the user experience but 3d printing allows you to get hands on and live the consumer experience.

  1. Anything else that you’d like to mention about the development of the cold brew project…

We are going to be leverage the local community to help us in the development of the carafe. We are partnering with a U of L glass blower that will help us test out versions of the carafe.

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