Tag Archives: Industrial Design

2014 Another year of design success at the Botzen Studio!

WOW! What another unbelievable year of product design it has been this year at Botzen Design! I worked on design projects ranging from sunglasses to industrial equipment, phone cases, drones and credit card readers.

unnamed

The Ulysses

In January I began a journey with a client to develop a pair of classic sunglasses “Ulysses” that used aged Maine oak lobster traps. The project sprouted into a second pair of sunglasses “The Jack” that are based on the 35th president JFK and his classic look. Traps Eyewear will soon be shipping both pairs of “eco” glasses, look for more information about the glasses very soon!

unnamed-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currently I am working on some great new products for the Danish industrial group BM-Teknik. I am designing two new products for them as they expand out of the Scandinavian market in to the global market including the United States. These products will be sold under the Cougartron name. More about those products will be revealed in the upcoming year.

PowerClix magnetic adventure toy

unnamed-1

The three magnetic robot toys I designed for Guidecraft PolyMech, ReptileMech, and TeraMech are available for purchase through Target online, and Amazon, and even Brookstone.

Recently I launched my Industrial Design Video On Demand channel on Vimeo, A design journey from concept to functioning prototype The 8 part series take you on a step by step voyage of how to build a functioning solar charger prototype. The latest series focuses on the ideation sketching process of the Red Jack adventure vehicle pictured above. You can see the trailers on Youtube as well.

Are you are looking to have a consumer product designed, visualized and prototyped? Feel free to reply to this email and lets set up a time to chat. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and Google+, click any of the links below to follow me on your favorite social media site, or sign up here if you were forwarded this bulletin. Look for more updates soon!

I want to wish each of you a Happy New Year to you and your families!

Best wishes

Eric Strebel

Search Botzen and check out my other blogs!

facebook linkedin twitter youtube

Advertisements

Botzen Design announces 3D printing and rapid prototyping services

Gear test Botzen Design

Rapid prototype gear printed at 75 (.075mm) micron layers thickness

Botzen Design a Metro Detroit based Industrial Design firm run by Eric Strebel now has 3D printing capabilities. Additive manufacturing is making products more exciting and come alive faster than ever. The expanded capabilities will allow Botzen to design better quality products in less time than ever. It will also allow Botzen to act as a service bureau to create rapid objects for other companies and individuals with prepared CAD files to get 3D printed objects quickly at an affordable price.  The resin based prototypes are very durable and excellent for everything from small engineering parts, toys, action figures, small hand held products and small injection molded parts, as well as investment casting for jewelry! With layer thicknesses as thin as 50 microns per layer models are detailed and accurate and more affordable that you think.

Painted Head

So…what is 3D printing?

3D printing is a printer that creates a three dimensional object.  This is done by creating layer by successive layer, until the entire object is complete. Every 3D-printed object begins with a digital Computer Aided Design (CAD) file, created with a 3D modeling program, or which was scanned into a 3D modeling program with a 3D scanner. To get from this digital file into instructions that the 3D printer understands, software then slices the design into hundred or thousands of horizontal layers.  The 3D printer reads this file, and proceeds to create each layer exactly to specification. As the layers are created, they blend together with no hint of the layering visible, resulting in one three dimensional object.

Eric Strebel who runs an Industrial Design studio called Botzen Design in Detroit, MI.  He worked to design the Powermat wireless charge pad for Homedics, sunglasses for Bauch & Lomb, vehicles for Ford Motors, monsters for Clive Barker and the Solar Vox Ultra personal charger. Currently he consults for various companies in the Detroit area and around the globe and teaches Industrial Design at Wayne State University. He recently placed third in the Local Motors Shell Game Changer contest with the Willow Run-A-Bout for the city of Amsterdam.

Botzen Design, Inc., Detroit Michigan

www.botzen.com

email: info@botzen.com

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/lunakov

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/botzendesign

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/botzendesign

You can watch the assembly of the unit here on Youtube.

WOW! What a year of design success it has been this year at the Botzen Studio!

This year has absolutely flown by with so many successful design projects and new clients I don’t even know where to start…..Youtube anyone? My design videos have gotten a bit of exposure this past year, over 85,000 views and I suddenly have over 600 subscribers to my channel! Recently, I was featured on the Prismacolor facebook page for the black and white Prismacolor pencil sketch that I did. Next year, I hope to publish a few more design videos, so look for those throughout the year.

A few of the products that I had the pleasure of designing last year made their way into production in 2013 including; The EL shutter shades that I designed for Lift Audio as well as the Saferide vehicle adapter from Saferide.

Final glam shots B copy

This past year also saw the addition of a 3D printer into my arsenal of design tools in the workshop at my studio. This tool has changed the landscape for product design in so many ways. Testing forms, ideas and concepts has never been easier than now with in-house 3D printing capabilities.

I was also lucky enough to do some design work for a few new clients that were looking for some fresh ideas, including concepts for an Aluminum Multifunctional Carabiner, a kids GPS bracelet for Precise Innovation, LLC, some drinking fountain concepts for Haws Corporation out of Nevada and some really fun design research projects for Zingermans right here in Ann Arbor Michigan.

I have also been working on some dramatic Sci-Fi play toys for a client for most of the year. I can not reveal anymore than that. The toys should be available for retail purchase in Spring 2014. If you are at the Spielwarenmesse in Nürnberg Germany in January you will get to see them debut OR if you are in New York City at the Toy Fair in February you will get to see me and I can show them to you personally! I am so excited for these toys that I have laboured over since June when the project began. To see them go from concept to prototype then to production in the time span of the last 6 months has been truly amazing! I am bursting with excitement and can’t wait to go to the Toy Fair and see them with all the other amazing toys at the show!

Clean desk

Also, I will also be teaching again very soon in January 2014 at Wayne State University starting in a few weeks after a hiatus of a few years. I will be teaching the Design Studio class to the Juniors and graduating Seniors. It is one of my favorite things to do in life. I truly enjoy teaching and giving back to the world about what I am most passionate about, Design!

I already have a few new projects underway for the beginning of the year and am sure many more exciting ones will present themselves over the next 12 months. I am looking forward to another great year.

I want to wish each of you a Happy New Year to you and your families!

Best wishes

Eric Strebel

Search Botzen and check out my other blogs!

facebook linkedin twitter youtube

The invasion of the PowerClix Mechs has begun..at 2014 Toy Fair NYC!

All threeMechs B

POLYMECH, REPTILEMECH and TERRAMECH, have begun to invade the universe in search of neodymium!

Botzen Design in collaboration with Guidecraft has expanded it’s popular PowerClix construction line with the introduction of three new dramatic Sci-Fi magnetic play sets, that turn ordinary PowerClix into fantastic robot invaders from the other side of the galaxy where builders’ imaginations can run wild with fun invasion mayhem. Help the Rahila Mechs scour the universe for their neodymium life force!

ViewD

PowerClix®, is the 3D Building System from Guidecraft that lets you explore and build endless models with the easy click ‘n connect system.  The super-strong magnetic force creates a quick connect for fast, simple and powerful 3D modeling. With the 2nd Generation Mechs, you can explore, build and create a fantastic array of creatures utilizing the original PowerClix® magnetic system, coupled with a collection of new click • clip • create pieces, all with excellent high detail weaponry that will be sure to delight the casual fan as well as the hard core Sci-Fi collector. Mix and match with original sets, or with other Mechs to create hybrid creatures. Ages 7+.

ViewL

Botzen designed the Rahila Mechs in a period of 6 months from concept to production for Guidecraft. Mechanized robot vehicles of all kinds were conceptualized and sketched by Eric Strebel at his design studio in Southfield, MI just outside of Detroit. Development also involved digital sketching, 3D modeling and 3D printed parts. After the initial concept development phase was completed the Mechs were refined with some rapid prototype development before handing off to the manufacturing group for final mock ups and production.

TerraMechE

To see all of the Mech’s, come meet us at the 2014 New York City Toy Fair at the Guidecraft booth #2835 February 16th – 19th.  Eric will be available for interviews Monday February 17th and Tuesday  February 18th.  Please contact Kris @ 810-338-7407 to set up an appointment.

ReptileMechPowerClixCReptileMechPowerClixD

Eric Strebel runs an Industrial Design studio called Botzen Design located in Detroit MI. Eric has worked on designing the Powermat wireless charging hubs for Homedics, sunglasses for Bauch & Lomb, vehicles for Ford Motor Co., monsters for Clive Barker,  drink/water bottle refill station for HAWS Co., EL Shutter Shades for LIT, as well as toys for Guidecraft. Currently he consults for various companies around the globe and teaches Industrial Design at Wayne State University in Detroit.

TerraMechC

Botzen Design is an Industrial Design studio in the Detroit area, specializing in product design and development, and computer visualization.  We design consumer products ranging from hard to soft goods and can guide you through the design and manufacturing process. We also have in house rapid prototyping and 3D printing capabilities.

Botzen Design, Inc., Detroit Michigan

www.botzen.com

email: info@botzen.com

youtube      Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/lunakov

twitter      Twitter:  https://twitter.com/botzendesign

facebook      Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/botzendesign

— end —

“LIT” Shutter Shades

World first Wireless Electroluminescent shutter shade glasses designed by Botzen Design for Lift Audio

Botzen Design announce the “LIT” shutter shades, the first in a series of wireless sunglasses designed for Lift Audio. Born in the explosion of the electronic music scene, LIT glasses by Lift are stylish and fun illuminated glasses that help bring the party to life. Debuting at the 2013 Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas……Previous  “EL” sunglasses required a hard wire to a hand held battery power pack. The new redesigned Lit shutter shades incorporates the battery, USB charger and electronics in the sunglasses themselves, an industry first!

The sunglasses were designed from sketch concept to prototype over a period of about 4 months in collaboration with Lift Audio culminating with “A” side 3D data for the customer to take to engineering manufacturing with

Eric Strebel who runs an Industrial Design studio, Botzen Design with inhouse 3D printing capabilities called Botzen Design in Detroit, MI.  He has worked on designing the Powermat wireless charging hubs for Homedics, sunglasses for Bauch & Lomb, vehicles for Ford Motors, monsters for Clive Barker and most recently a drink and water bottle refill station for HAWS Co. Currently he consults for various companies around the globe and previously taught Industrial Design at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Botzen Design, Inc., Detroit Michigan

www.botzen.com

email: info@botzen.com

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/lunakov

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/botzendesign

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/botzendesign

— end —

Old School White prismacolor pencil Industrial Design “ID” sketch on black paper tutorial

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 9 2012

Detroit based Industrial Designer Eric Strebel demonstrates a design sketching tutorial using a black piece of paper and a white prismacolor pencil. This technique has been used since the earliest days of Industrial Design by pioneers such as Henry Dreyfuss and Raymond Loewy to quickly show a design idea or concept. Eric shows how to start the sketch and describes what ellipsis to use and how to get the perspective just right. The sketch is finished with simple shading and a drop shadow highlighting the bottles top. Music is by Brothers and others Saxaphone Quartet. There are several other Industrial Design tutorials available on Eric’s YouTube channel. You can subscribe to the channel to follow Eric and future Industrial Design tutorials.

YouTube link: White pencil bottle sketch tutorial

640 x 360 Embeded link: <object width=”640″ height=”360″><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.youtube.com/v/7_lh11AM0yE?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0″></param><param name=”allowFullScreen” value=”true”></param><param name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”always”></param></object>

Eric Strebel who runs an Industrial Design studio called Botzen Design in Detroit, MI.  He worked to design the Powermat wireless charge pad for Homedics, sunglasses for Bauch & Lomb, vehicles for Ford Motors, monsters for Clive Barker and the Solar Vox Ultra personal charger. Currently he consults for various companies in the Detroit area and around the globe and teaches Industrial Design at Wayne State University. He recently placed third in the Local Motors Shell Game Changer contest with the Willow Run-A-Bout for the city of Amsterdam.

Botzen Design, Inc., Detroit Michigan

www.botzen.com

email:  preorder@botzen.com

— end —

WILLOW – ECO Three Wheel Run-A-Bout

Electric powered ZERO emission Run-A-Bout

Image

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb 15, 2012

Willow: A three wheeled electric Run-A-Bout for Amsterdam is made from laminated wood creating a sturdy cost effective frame featuring a front hub-less wheel basket and recycled airless tires that highlights this unique design. Storage baskets in the front and rear are made of native European willow using local flexible manufacturing. This two-seater is a great little electric powered vehicle with independent rear suspension in the back that is designed for stable handling.  Willow: Uses local sustainable materials. Great care was given to use wood, metal and natural fibers. Virgin plastics are avoided at all cost, only the wheels are made from recycled rubber.  Vehicle management such as charging and navigation are handled via an app on your smartphone.

This Run-A-Bout is designed for use on smaller streets in tightly knit communities such as Amsterdam.  An alternative to the traditional bike, you can use this vehicle to zip around town to your destination quickly and easily,  parking is as easy as a regular bike!  The Willow is currently entered in the Shell game changer contest at Local-Motors. To vote for the Willow and see more, follow the link, register on the Local Motors website and vote for the Willow, keeping in mind that 5 is the highest!  Don’t forget to leave a comment about what you like about the Willow. Hurry, voting ends March 4th at 23:59 (GMT)

http://forge.local-motors.com/pages/project.php?cg=8454

Willow is designed by Eric Strebel who runs an Industrial Design studio called Botzen Design in Detroit, MI.  He worked to design the Power Matt wireless charge pad for Homedics, sunglasses for Bauch & Lomb, vehicles for Ford Motors, monsters for Clive Barker and the Solar Vox Ultra personal charger. Currently he consults for various companies in the Detroit area and around the globe and teaches Industrial Design at Wayne State University.

Botzen Design, Inc., Detroit Michigan

www.botzen.com

email:  preorder@botzen.com

— end —