Published on February 17, 2014
The new way to design consumer electronics packaging
AirPatrol wanted to design a casing for their new heat pump controller.
Normally, AirPatrol would look for design ideas within their own team.
Instead, they turned to the over one million engineers and designers on GrabCAD.
Here's how GrabCADrs created a larger variety and higher quality casings faster than ever.
The Challenge Design a new exterior case for AirPatrol Keep within the existing brand Include 4 LEDs and 2 sensors Include micro-usb connector Must fit the motherboard White color and eye-catching design Must use plastic Must be manufacturable
1st place - Yves “We like this simple, slightly curved and elegant design. Everything looks so clean and tidy. Also placing both IRs in a corner is a good idea. This got top scores for both branding and manufacturability. Well done!” - AirPatrol grabcad.com/library/peeble-1
2nd place - Eric M Sia “This is a job well done. It scored second in manufacturability and just slightly lower in branding. It is clear that the designer understood the overall idea very well. Everything is in order and symmetrically balanced.” - AirPatrol grabcad.com/library/airpatrol-controller-f-1
3rd place - Tateos Tvapanyan “This controller did an excellent job with branding and design. It is sleek and stylish, the amount of detail this design has is remarkable. It scored slightly lower in manufacturability. Hiding LEDs and IR sensors under a cover is a very good idea. Also ventilation holes on sides for temperature and humidity sensors. The buttons design is clever as well. Very good job!” - AirPatrol grabcad.com/library/airpatrol-controller-challenge-ver-2-1
4th place - Francisco Aguilar “Very cool design and branding. While there were concerns with manufacturability, there are several good ideas used on this casing. The position of the IRs is good. The fact that it is open on the sides means that temperature and humidity sensors can remain hidden. Also the LED stripes look great. Overall very nice design.” - AirPatrol grabcad.com/library/controllercasing-4
5th place - Piotr Zaborowski “On this case the designer has clearly thought out of the box, a totally new approach. It paid off with good marks on manufacturability. Smooth curved angles and very well thought through elements. We also like the extra LEDs. Overall very nice design but the branding didn't quite match the AirPatrol style.” - AirPatrol grabcad.com/library/asymmetric-airpatrol-box-1
“We're very excited about the results we got from the GrabCAD Community. We would have never expected that the participation level is so high and that we would see so many good designs. There are many great ideas and details among these submissions. Thank you all for the time and effort you spent on this Challenge.” - AirPatrol
Learn more: AirPatrol Controller Casing Design Challenge Results on GrabCAD #crowdsourcing #openengineering #productdesign #industrialdesign #designchallenges #airpatrol #grabcad
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