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The problem statement I started off the project with was that many homeowners own a variety of long handled tools, which if not properly stored leads to clutter and is a safety hazard. Is there a simpler way to organize these tools and save space?
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I began exploring different concepts through sketching and basic models. The concept I settled on uses a single telescoping handle which can dock into multiple types of heads. This design cuts down on the amount of space that the handles take up and includes a rack to store your tool heads.
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After doing initial market research I had to decide what design language I was going to use for my product. I had determined that the tools needed to look durable and rugged, while also being simple and friendly to less experienced users. The language I settled on was "Rugged Approachability."
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The concept I presented to the class.
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The class project was completed, but looking back I wasn't totally happy with the result.

-The wall mount was big and bulky.

-The docking mechanism was fragile and arbitrarily complex.

-Only one tool head was modeled and more were needed to illustrate the concept clearly.
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The next year I was approached by Core77 on behalf of Autodesk to participate in their Design for Your Product Lifetime series. I was asked to watch through their free video series and using what I learned redesign one of my previous projects. This was a perfect time to improve the Hydra Tool Set.
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After I had finished watching the series I knocked out a few pages of quick sketches and mocked up the most promising ideas in SolidWorks to find the best way to improve the locking mechanism.
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The New design stored on the rack. Improvements include the large plastic wall rack and hangers being replaced with a much lighter bent metal rod, and a simplified and reinforced handle docking system.
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The new design assembled and ready to use.

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