Designer of the Week: Conny BrobergFollow article
Designer of the Week: Conny Broberg
As part of our Design Challenge we’re putting a weekly spotlight on a standout entry and interviewing the person behind the submission. We hope that through these interviews you get an insight into the design process and an understanding of how these amazing ideas are developed and eventually realised.
This week we’re talking to Conny Broberg, our very first entrant to the challenge and designer of the E-Board.
What is the inspiration behind your product idea?
I previously worked together with two students making a motor control for a BLDC motor and wanted to apply this to a longboard. So, I started to see what was possible using standard components.
I also wanted to use 3D printed prototype parts which I could then design for manufacturing once all the features were tested.
How does your design address the themes of accessibility, mobility and green living?
Lightweight and energy efficient, the E-Board is a new mode of transportation for the city.
The E-Board is intended as an alternative to travelling short distances by car or on the bus - journeys up to 30 km - at a speed equivalent to a bicycle.
What engineering applications do you think the product could be used for?
The design has applications with BLDC, servos or as a step motor holder.
How was DesignSpark Mechanical most useful to your design process?
I’d say the most useful thing about DesignSpark Mechanical is the accessibility of the software. You just draw and drag, making it very easy to learn!
Were there any aspects of the software that were unexpected or surprising?
I can’t stress how easy the program is to learn. From opening DesignSpark Mechanical for the first time, you can start designing in minutes.
What tips would you give to others who are starting out with the software?
There are plenty of tutorials out there to get you started, especially on the DesignSpark website. Just watch and learn, have fun and develop!
How do you hope to develop your product idea?
I would love to design a complete E-Board for a customer. That’s the dream.
How do you plan to use DesignSpark Mechanical in the future?
I’m going to be using DesignSpark Mechanical to design electronic boxes and simple parts.
If you were lucky enough to win the RepRapPro printer, what would you print in 3D?
I would love to win the printer and I would use it print the E-Board motor-holder and electronic box for my IOT electronic devices prototypes.
Finally, why do you think your idea should win the DesignSpark Mechanical Challenge?
Well, it’s a 3D printable product, it’s open source and it’s an environmentally friendly design for the community. I also think it could make more people interested in technical design and encourage people to start developing their own things.
Check back next week for the next Designer of the Week interview, but in the meantime, keep up to date with all the DesignSpark Challenge news through our Facebook, Twitter, Google + and LinkedIn pages.
Also, for more DesignSpark Mechanical tips, read our interview with Pico Technology’s, Pete Wootton.