Hi or Moin, as we say in Hamburg.
My name is Bernard and i am a student for mechanical engineering. So you may be thinking i am a designers worst enemy. What the hell am i doing here. It's easy. I love good design and i am rooting to become an eginneer who is willing to sacrifice some of the rigid easy to manufacture aspects of my concept for a better design. I will always try to get a nice compromise between these two.
Enough introduction here comes the first part of my story.
I was installing some stainless steel decorative strips in a hotel near Hamburg St.Pauli. I noticed a table and thought it look nice and that i could make one for myself easily. (I added a picture) So i started investigating it. Trying to uncover the secrets of its manufacturing process. I noticed a few things right away. The welding spots were selected poorly as they broke the clean look of the table. And it was cut on a lasercuter, but it wasn't designed to be cut on one. The leg shape consists of splines, which can be hardly without leaving some sharp unwanted corners.
I knew i could to it better. Take the Design and make it properly manufacturable. So i did! I removed the splines. Made the shape entirely out of circles (A PAIN IN THE ASS). I made sure to hide my welding spots properly. Did my research on how to work with wood and what i have to consider.
I will manufacture the first table hopefully this week and see how it turns out. It will also get powder-coated which is awesome!
If you would like to know more, or see the progress of the manufacturing please say so. If you find mistakes please tell me, as this is the first english text i've written in like 2 years :)
I also added a few CAD renderings of my Design tell me if you like it.