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Unlocking New Play Experiences in Cardboard Construction with Slide-Saw


CLIENT  MAKEDO
CHALLENGE
To create a product for the toy company, MAKEDO, that gives greater independence to kids ages 7+ and empowers a new audience of Makers of every age.

DELIVERABLE
A multitool that combines a better saw, a perforator, and a clean aesthetic in line with the company's brand.



MAKEDO wants to innovate in cardboard construction.


PROCESS  PROBLEM DEFINITION

MAKEDO needed to develop a new saw.
SAFE-SAW and SCRU-DRIVER pictured.



Their existing users asked for it.
SAFE-SAW and SCRU-DRIVER (below), can be difficult to manage. Craft knives also cut way cleaner (right image: left cut) than SAFE-SAWs.



Plus, there’s a new market opportunity.
This product should be perfectly suited for kids ages 7+ and also be enjoyable for teenagers and adults in Makerspaces. (Images courtesy MAKEDO Instagram).


Prototypes were developed holistically through constant testing and feedback.


PROCESS  CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT

Firstly, I jumped in and started making with MAKEDO.
Instructables projects ranging from sketchbooks to bicycle accessories, all made from cardboard.



Next, I explored new forms for the saw.



I settled on a few key themes. I would prototype and test them within the day.

1. Single injection mold tool
No moving parts, every tool in one place, one mold.



2: Articulating multitool
MINI-TOOL integrated into tool, blade molded into handle.



3: Sliding multitool
Includes new tool (perforator), movable blade.



I simultaneously explored different profiles for the blades and tested them for: shape of cut, ease of use, and perception of safety.


Ready for an off-tool sample.


PROCESS  DESIGN FOR PRODUCTION

I delivered specifications and a 3D model to be used for an off-tool sample.
Plan drawing and orthographic views.



Exploded view of final design. 
1. Blade, 2. Lock, 3. Mechanism, 4. Perforator, 5. Case.