Designing a wildlife camera case is one of the most important parts of Naturebyte’s current Research and Development work.
We need to ensure we have a kit that looks great both indoors and out, houses all of the electronic parts necessary to actually power and run the camera and that it holds up to the elements. This month we thought we’d share our design process with you and bring you up to speed with where we are in terms of finishing our prototype.
It all started with an initial concept designed to act as camouflage when attached to tree trunks. We used this design to help us explain to people what our vision was and and how it might look when we first set out to develop the kit.
We then developed more concepts, exploring a whole range of new ideas and designs. This little family of concept designs helped us get a better idea of what we liked the most and what might work best.
We then took a few of our new designs and asked different user groups what they liked best. The one that received the most positive feedback was refined and 3D printed for testing in the real world.
After handing out the printed prototype, we tested it, tweaked it and then moved to printing out the next design to see how it stood up based on the feedback we received. Here’s what it started to look like:
Over the next few weeks we will be moving towards the creation of a silicon (injection) mold to proof test the case’s waterproof features and to finalize the tooling necessary to mass produce cases. We’ll let you know how we get on as we near our goal of rolling out the first kits off the production line.