"The IBH-S project marked FRANK's first House Of Innovation induced, full-fledged co-creation project. Together with Smidesign, we conceived DiBO's spanking new industrial warm water pressure washer, complete with state of the art Dual Power Heating System: the GreenBoiler."
FRANK Industrial design was trusted with the design of the machine's rotomolded body parts. From first sketches to final production files, we defined the look of the machine. Using only roto-molded parts, we wanted to enhance the machine with a premium automotive look, unique in its kind. Together with Smidesign and all parties involved, we delivered a well conceived product that will not only stand out from its looks: a clever architecture keeps down prices for all configurations and a nifty user interface makes for an easy, straightforward use case.
SKETCHES Exploratory sketch work from the early stages of the designing phase. This exercise helped us get a feeling with the product, its dimensions, proportions and most importantly to get a hint of the direction our client preferred.
EARLY STUDIES Fairly early into the process we played with light and shadow on top of a rough 3D chassis and components underlay. This exercise provided insight into the possibilities of dynamic design over the volume we had as our boundary box.
FINDING THE LIMITS To push the envelope and open up the scope of possibilities, we stretched the amount of early quickdesigns and incorporated a few less obvious form studies. These were all quick and dirty proposals on top of various product architectures we generated in 3D.
CONCEPT DESIGN The previous exercise culminated into a series of final proposals. Built around a set of predefined chassis architectures, our most daring and innovative ideas were pitched. From this series, one concept was chosen to be developed into a real life product.
KEY SKETCH Final sketches of the IBH-S product. These drawings finalised the general design direction of the water cleaner. The following phase brought the sketched design to life in 3D CAD.
UNMATCHED LOOKS A digital rendering of the final product. The design quality is unmatched in this price category of products. All parts are designed for production using rotomolding. Our hallmark dynamic automotive styling is baked deep into the look of the panels, maintaining their sturdiness and sound muffling qualities.
MODULAR A variety of compressor types can be bolted into the same chassis. The hood is designed to accomodate all preselected types. This way one design fits a wide array of product types.
CLEVER STORAGE SOLUTIONS The power cord can be wound around the center user console for storage. User research exposed that the cabling and tubing often provides a lot of hassle and clutter when this type of cleaner is being stored away. The user console, in its turn, seals off the water tank, which sits at an angle inside the pressure cleaner. Hard wiring this kind of intelligence into the mold design significantly lowers production cost and more importantly increases cost-efficiency of the molds.
CLEAN INTERFACE An orderly interface connects everything that needs to be addressed by the user in order to run the machine. A black line starts at the power cable (below), passes by chemicals-input and water supply, through the main power switch and ends at the console where water temperature is selected.
GREEN BOILER DiBO's new state-of-the-art warm water boiler is more economical to run and better for the environment. Sitting proudly in front of the machine, it ensures optimal balance of the chassis, as the water tank is positioned at the rear.
SHADOW PASS Rendered shadow passes were used to finalize the modelling phase. These renderings are key to assess surface imperfections on the model, that, if not discovered, would make it to the production model.
3D CAD The entire product was modelled to reality in SolidWorks. From these files, the production model was made.
Images from the actual product in a warehouse. Source unknown.
ISSA INTERCLEAN AMSTERDAM 2016
The IBH-S model was succesfully launched on ISSA Interclean Amsterdam fair. The following images were taken from a promotional video by DiBO.
STURDY Stills of the DiBO promotional stand at ISSA Interclean Amsterdam 2016, with the new IBH-S as its focal centre.
The product had a succesful launch and was warmly welcomed by the audience. Source: http://www.dibo.com/nl/over-ons/nieuws/detail/dibo-blikt-tevreden-terug-op-issainterclean-amsterdam