Product Overview and Relation to Minecraft
My design is inspired by the iconic minecart used in the game, Minecraft. In the game, the minecart makes travel easier between locations, such as a mineshaft and a player’s house. The design of my “MineCar” borrows from the block aesthetic of the game.
If my product were to be incorporated into the game as an actual mode of transportation, the MineCar would be an improvement on the classic minecart, as it would be able to cross all terrains faster. It would be able to run on coal, which is the typical minecraft fuel source, and on redstone, which is used to create railroad tracks.
In real-world application, the product is designed in the image of the MineCar and functions as a place to store pencils, pens, and other basic school and office supplies. The pencils would be placed upright in the middle of the car, resembling people sitting in the seats. Erasers and other small supplies can be placed in either the hood or the trunk, both of which can be lifted up and down to open and close.
3D Printing Fundamentals
To ensure my design was printed at the best quality possible, I limited the number of support structures needed to print the design. The MineCar design is composed of 17 individual parts, which can all be printed without the need for any support structure. The 17 parts are then assembled into the final product. Each part is shown above in its optimal printing position.
I referred to the contest resources often while designing the MineCar. Each component uses the recommended optimal wall depth of approximately 2 millimeters. This width allows for reasonable strength and minimal use of material.
Originality of Design
The concept of the MineCar as an organizer for school and office supplies is unique in that it is a product that achieves the interactive quality of a toy, while serving the functionality of an office supplies organizer. The optimal utility coupled with the playful aesthetics of a widely popular video game would appeal to the target consumer demographic of children and teens ages five through 17.
The MineCar is also unique in its design process. I divided all components according to the fundamentals of 3D printing, while applying my knowledge of systems engineering to maintain simplistic elegance in the design. This results in easy assembly of parts. I used graphing paper as the main material used to map out the design, optimizing both space and component efficiency.