We transferred their sound technology to a visual wave to be iconic and memorable. Along with challenging robotic limitations, sealed doors and limited space, uniquely with the Echo line, user faces the back side of the product often. Studio Red applied a simple element(s), materials and graphics to visually upgrade the back of the product because we believe every touch points of the product should be considered.
Throughout, the program we met the unique mounting, thermal and air flow requirements along with full EMI containment we produce all component parts with methods that fit the low production quantities while making the system extremely flexible in defining product line striations.
Back of the product
In the device there is an articulated arm to rotate the sample trays for the acoustic processing. Initially there was an extremely tight length of travel constraint that meant the front panel could only be 3mm thick in the area where the arm would rotate, given the 6mm thickness of the PC panel there we only one path forward: to locally pocket the panel. The issue with doing this is that the panel must be machined and as such cannot be economically polished to the same level as the stock surfaces around it. A pocket with a planar bottom would have very obvious and unsightly swirls from the machines cutter. To hide these marks we decided to make them a feature, by using a ball end-mill rather than a flat end-mill we created a series of ridges that would serve to obscure the imperfection of the machined surfaces.
Main challenge: fastening PC with limited thickness and no visible fasteners:
– The ID called for a inset/transparent PC panel that is planar with the surrounding bezel, to complicate the issue there were severe space constraints due to the movement of the robot arm so attachment had to be done in a minimal space.
Material was already defined as it is a custom color and specific to the client, available only in 6mm thickness. The design required a opaque planar surface behind the PC to reflect light, however the mechanical constraints meant there was only 1.5mm of space to provide that opaque surface and attach the material. Initial plans were to attach the backing plate using an adhesive, but as the PC is used for branding, the client wanted it replaceable without dealing with adhesive.
There were 3 specific issues:
They were addressed as follows:
Color/Graphic variation possibilities for different Echo models.