This was my first rough prototype made out of foam. Based on my concept ideations, I decided on a symmetrical structure for strong usabality as well as high aesthetics.
This was my second prototype made out of 1/8” clear acrylic. I cut concentric circles using the laser cutter and proceeded to glue them together to create a similar symmetrical shape. The texture, however, was not as smooth as the previous prototype, thus the users grip feel was hindered. I liked the translucency this material provided. In addition, the laser cutting method allowed me to create two hollow pieces with a solid middle separating the two units. This prototype was a little smaller than desired.
This is my third, high fidelity prototype made out of 1/4” plywood. I created this using the same laser cutting method with a plethora of concentric circles. From the last prototype, I shifted my design to a more thoughtful and identifiable one - the side with the smaller opening hole is for water and the bigger opening is for food. This prototype is not translucent, however the texture is ideal. I used the sander to shape its form and create a better texture than before. The black line in the middle indicates where the two forms can be separated from one another.
Material Exploration - Spackling onto newly created wood pieces for smoother and more solid feel. Applying Plasti Dip to create a real rubber - like texture and aesthetic.
Outcome of final, high fidelity prototype. Based off my second critique, I decided not to change the overall structure, but instead focus on the technical aspects, such as lids, magnets that connect both pieces as well as overall finish. I’m overall satisfied with this prototype, however I do think there was a specific beauty of my third prototype (plywood) that this iteration does not contain. I ran into many issues with the Plasti Dip, thus I believe 3D printing may have been a better manufacturing choice.