New Upwell Work | PUNK for Sol Republic

Its always nice to see new work come to fruition.
PUNK is a wireless bluetooth speaker designed to be the smaller, transportable, more durable version of DECK – Sol Republics first wireless speaker. The goal was not only to create a small, transportable speaker, but one that followed (visually) very closely in the steps of DECK – the older brother within SOL’s wireless speaker family.

While migrating DECK’s existing product language on to the PUNK’s stout proportions we also focused on a transportation/wearable feature. I looked at mechanisms like clips, silicone bands, screw posts, etc. We eventually settled on a universal mounting system – similar to a threaded tripod mount. This was a more cost affective solution… PUNK’s body exterior is molded silicone, with raised hard buttons for volume and bluetooth connection.
Now available at Sol Republic
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Experimenting w/ Makerbot | I now hate my computer less

Experimenting with the new Makerbot (aka: R2) via new iPhone case. I needed a new iPhone case – incase fail – and a good excuse to play with Makerbot, so I did a quick one day design-to-production experiment at Upwells studio. Was able to design and print a fairly accurate model by end of day, however final model with CMF took a total of 3 days. The majority of the three days was spent refining and printing models for fit around phone and moving parts, as well paint and finish.I love that 3D printing/rapid prototyping has become more affordable and smaller – hence more accessible to the public. It will definitely be the new standard home appliance in the future. Its pretty incredible to think you can design something in the morning, send it to print in the evening, and have it waiting for you in the kitchen by morning… the kitchen seemed to make sense. Finally, I can use my computer for something useful.