Web imagery : research began with existing worm composting products, many of which are over-complicated, fabricated with questionable materials and do not pack flat for shipping.
Web imagery : research of existing indoor composting products.
Web imagery : due to the modern aesthetic taste of the client, research of modern-style home wares was performed.
Web imagery : research of modern-style kitchens helped to understand the possible settings in which the product would be used.
Material considerations were researched and compared to find the best choice. Purebond Plywood was the best choice.
Concept sketches informed by research the chosen material, plywood. The composting container had to pack flat for shipping and be easy to assemble: my solution was simple tab+wedge fastening, eliminating the need for a second material. All concepts feature a sliding top cover to provide quick access.
CAD model render of the client's favorite concept created to work out joinery and prepare for CNC router fabrication.
With the ease of customization offered by CNC router fabrication, an alternate style of container was developed for future production.
To create the first prototype, the CAD model was cut with a CNC router, treated with a beeswax-based finish, then assembled.
Assembling the container with a hammer and wedges is quick and simple.
The first prototype is fully functional and still in use. The only major issue is the effectiveness of the beeswax coating, for which alternatives are being tested. After a second prototype is made and tested, the product will be ready for full scale production.