This project was fully implemented by our agency: we performed the complete cycle of works from the first draft, to the production and delivery of designed housings to the client.
At first glance, a simple housing appeared to be a serious challenge for us, because previously we haven’t been engaged with the stringent requirements over IP (level of device protection against dust and moisture). The complexity of such projects lies in the limitation of available number of iterations during prototyping, as well as the difference between the technologies used in the stages of prototyping and mass production, resulting in differences in the prototype and serial production samples. For example an approach of pressurization proved on the prototype, may have become a failure in case with the serial sample, which has other characteristic of harshness, fragility etc.
For example, within the frameworks of this project of creation of trekker we have created prototypes of the housing with the help of milling the plastics and polyurethane molding into silicone forms. Of course, even these ordinary technologies are way more convenient than three-dimensional printing, as they allow seeing the case of the item close to a future production model to test it in real conditions without major investments in tooling. But to replicate the developed solution we have used another technology — plastic molding under the pressure, i.e. serial case received other thickness characteristics and other physical showings. As a result, our team had to spend a lot of time and effort to provide the desired degree of tightness. Even the gasket between the individual parts of the case had been done with several degrees of hardness to ensure the compliance with the conditions set by the customer.