A very stimulating and complete project. A functional design, a happy combination of aesthetics, ergonomics, functionality and manufacturability. During the development phases it was very useful to test the project with the production of prototypes used both for assembly tests but also to make drop tests requested by the client's certification body.

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Portfolio Description

When we face a new design project we always go through a first phase of collecting the specifications from the customer. It is an important moment because we enter the heart of our client’s Mission and Vision and make them our own to translate them in the best possible way into the design of the new medical product. Some projects have the purpose of covering existing machines, equipped with a structure to which the customer wants to give a new dress. In such a case, the work of our designer must take into account existing constraints. Other projects, on the other hand, have the objective of creating the product from scratch, taking into account an internal electronics that generally proves to be more flexible in management than a supporting structure.

The Baby Start project falls into this second category, from the first meeting with the customer the watchwords were: ergonomics and usability. The innovation of this product lay in the ergonomic grip to be used in emergency situations and in the simplicity of the interface to help the operator to act in the shortest possible time.

Second phase: design proposals

At the end of the industrial design development phase, Arch. Annese presented renderings to the client, the client then chose the final shape with the best mix of elements required. The Baby Start medical device commissioned by Ginevri s.r.l. is a neonatal respirator addressed to the delivery and post-partum rooms, to the special units for the care of newborns and to the Neonatal Intensive Care Units.

Third phase: Engineering

Once the design choice has been frozen, our designer focuses on engineering, thus giving real thickness to the components of the product. In this phase he will already take into account the mass production technologies chosen by the customer, working immediately with a view to optimizing industrialization. In summary, what has been planned will always be feasible at the time of mass production.

Fourth phase: testing with prototypes

After the completion of the design phase, we usually make a working prototype. We generally use Additive Manufacturing technologies for plastic material such as stereolithography (SLA) or nylon powder sintering (SLS) or even a mix of the two. This state of progress was very useful for testing the project in assembly with the other components.

In the medical field, manufacturers are required to submit products to specific certifications for which it is often necessary to already have the definitive material. In similar cases we create prototypes from CNC machining, if the geometries allow it. In this specific case, the prototype was subjected to crash tests. The goal was to ensure that the object did not break if it accidentally fell from a distance of about 80 cm from the ground. To conduct a reliable test we made a silicone mold pre-series using polyurethane resins. The first test gave good results.

If the Baby Start has intrigued you, we invite you to view the other Industrial Design works on our website in the section https://coesum.it/en/service/industrial-design/

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