How to CNC machine an ergonomic test model
Styling block model to test the handling of a cameraThe Microsnapper is a device in which a digital camera, a PC and a memo-recorder are integrated. After making a photo all types of extra information can be added, using the built-in touch-screen, the microphone or the barcode-pen. Some important demands were present for the housing:
- Sufficient grip for the user to handle it using one hand only
- Easy handling, for all functions
- Good looking: the appearance suggesting a light and small device
- Room for all parts to be built in (of course)
This is one of the earliest DeskProto projects: the model was created in 1994.
A presentation renderings of the Microsnapper
We have created a number of massive prototypes of the camera, using PUR (PolyURethane) foam (finished with one simple layer of paint), for a visual evaluation during the design process.
This DeskProto screen (Version 1!) shows the toolpaths used to machine the prototype of this camera.
After that we have created a prototype of the final design, using Cibatool (Renshape) model-material. This prototype has been used as a mould for thermo-forming: the shells created this way are used to make a completely functioning prototype, thus testing the fit of all inside parts.
A prototype made by thermoforming plastic sheet over a CNC machine mold.
The Microsnapper has been conceived and designed by the Dutch company Chess in Haarlem, designer Mark Fleuren.