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FireGrip is designed to be portable and user-friendly. Its versatile functionality and ease of use provides a better user experience and results.

Features includes:
1. One hand operation
2. Shift canister angle - centered weight
3. Durable & lightweight
4. Quick canister 
lock and release
5. Slip-resistant rubberized grip

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+ Category:  Safety
+ Date:  April 2015
+ Target: Age 13+ 

Challenges & Objectives

Current fire extinguishers can be challenging to use for many users because of its size and weight, and it requires two hand operation. 
Objective of redesigning fire extinguisher is to enhance the user experience and the results by making it easy to operate with one hand and portable.

Define Problems & Investigate

+ Not user-friendly
+ Two-hand operation
+ Heavy and 
conversum
+ Takes up space
+ Esthetically undesirable

Possible Solutions & Outcome

+ Simpler steps
+ Portability & light weight
+ One-hand operation
+ Center-weighted design for comfort
+ Quick canister connection
+ Easy to stored away

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> 02. RESEARCH  |  TYPES, FEATURES & USE CASES    //////////////////////////////

Types of fire extinguishers

There are several types of fire extinguishers and are color coded. Using a right type of extinguisher would prevent a potential endangerment.

+ WATER: Class A fires
+ FOAM: Classes A & B fires
+ DRY POWDER: Classes A, B & C fires
+ CO2: Class B & electrical fires
+ WET CHEMICAL: Class A & F
+ M28/L2 POWER: Class D

Use cases

+ General household use
+ Outdoor - Camping
+ Commuters & on a road trip  (cars and mobile homes)
+ Small business and studios

+ Class A: SOLIDS, such as paper, wood, plastic
+ Class B: FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS, such as petrol, oil
+ Class C: FLAMMABLE GASES, such as propane, butane
+ Class D: METALS, such as aluminium, magnesium
+ Class E: ELECTRICAL fires
+ Class F: OIL, cooking & FAT

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> 03. IDEATION SKETCHES  |  THUMBNAILS, MEASUREMENTS & CONCEPTUAL FORMS    //////////////////////////////

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> 04. FORM & STUDY MODELS  |  BLUE FORM, SANDABLE GESSO, PRIMER & MISC TOOLS    //////////////////

Building Study Model

To make a 1:1 scale model, I started with several orthgraphic sketches and then used them as a guide to make a study model from a block of blue foam. The challenging part about making this study model was carving it out of a block of bluefoam as a single piece. If I have made a canister separately from the canister holder, it would have been simpler process and its form would have been more precise. However, overall it turned out fine for further study of a physical form.

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> 05. 3D RENDERING  |  SOLIDWORKS & KEYSHOT    //////////////////

Building 3D model in Solidworks

Orthographic sketches were inserted into Solidworks and then were used as guide to construct the FireGrip. Canister was building first and followed by canister holder body, the grip and then other surface design treatment.

 

Digital Work

The Keyshot was used for rendering. Graphics and icons were created in Illustrator and then imported into Keyshot, such as guage and canister graphics. Then final touch and adjustments were made using Photoshop.


 

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