Beckman Coulter was looking for an inexpensive and light weight ergonomic study model of their newest Comprehensive Automation System. These systems allow the centrifugation, sorting, testing, capping, and storage of protein samples all in one unit. While the design of the new unit was already finished, they needed a 3 dimensional model with articulating parts in order to get a better sense of the space and function of the system.
A foam core model was created using CAD files of the outer form and internal components. The foam core was supported with a more sturdy plywood frame underneath which allowed us to create the gentle curves while still maintaining rigidity in the moving parts. In areas of the design where compound curves made it difficult to use foam core, vacuum formed plastic pieces were integrated into the design.