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3D Design Exercise

On 03, Jul 2017 | In | By ding

3D Design Exercise

(1) Lipstick Room Concept
(2) Fidget Spinner Swing – Fabrication Diagrams

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Holdaplate

On 11, Sep 2013 | In | By ding

Holdaplate

The patented Holdaplate elegantly solves a common cocktail plate problem: holding both a plate and cup, one in each hand, while simultaneously attempting to eat one’s food or shake hands. A subtle contour in the plate’s periphery allows for a cup of any size to easily nestle alongside, held in place by the user’s index finger. [ Holdaplate Patents ]

www.holdaplate.com

Awards and Press

Designed by Zox & Liu

  • To see Holdaplate in 3D – Place your cursor on the plate [ Press + Hold + Rotate ]


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    Tetra Lamp

    On 19, Aug 2013 | In | By ding

    Tetra Lamp

    Tetra Lamp is a tetrahedron-shaped modular ambient lighting system comprised of stand-alone units that connect and illuminate by way of an unique magnet architecture. Tetra Lamp is useful in and around the house: on the bedside, at the BBQ, on the windowsill or on the patio. Tetra Lamp is practical for everyday use but unique enough for special occasions. Portable and cordless, Tetra Lamp lends a festive accent to parties and enhances the cozy atmosphere of a quiet evening at home.

    The Tetra Lamp is an innovative and versatile LED portable lighting system that is also interactive, allowing you to create a wide variety of shapes that can be configured and reconfigured. Tetra Lamp also provides soothing ambient light for a wide variety of settings from lighting a bath, a child or guest’s room, or even a cocktail or pool party.

    The Tetra Lamp is an LED rechargeable light that takes what you love about novelty lamps and candles, but makes it safer and more practical for your many lighting needs. Tetra Lamp does not pose a fire threat like that of unattended lamps and candles. Tetra Lamp is also brighter than a candle, with the ability to automatically illuminate when a light module magnetically connects to any of the four surfaces of the battery module. Illumination can be increased by magnetically connecting additional light modules. The battery module easily plugs into your wall outlet and automatically recharges for the next use.

    Tetra Lamp is a hassle-free solution that ensures years of enjoyment without the inconvenience of frequent battery changes. Pack includes 3 LED lights with a built-in rechargeable battery module and charging cable. Tetra Lamp can illuminate for up to twenty hours on one charge.

    Size: 4.5″ Tetrahedron

    Advisers: Jennifer Buck, Mark Yim, William Braham, Peter Bressler, Sarah Rottenberg.
    Special thanks to: Nicholas Araujo and John Zox

    [ Work in Progress ]












    Rocking Chair Redesign

    On 11, Jun 2013 | In | By ding

    Rocking Chair Redesign

    I am always in search of new experiences and knowledge, not just in the field of design but also in life. The Rocking Chair Redesign – 2006 is an example of my constant revival of ideas and inspiration throughout my work. By using two shapes: an oval and rectangle, I was able to create a simple, yet functional design. This is a hand-made rocker that is constructed with Italian birch and bending ply. Two ovals were carefully measured and crafted as the main structural support. A ridge system has been selected as the main construction method and structure for the rocker. A few sheets of Italian bending ply were veneered as the exterior finish. Finally, a piece of three quarter inch birch is inserted and penetrates the chair as the back support.

    Model Material: Plastic
    Model Dimension: 3″ L x 1.75″ W x 3.25″ H
    Chair Material: Italian Bending Plywood and Birch
    Chair Dimension: 36″ L x 22″ W x 38″ H

    Studio: Bob Morgan (2006)
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    Flexible Planter

    On 11, Jun 2013 | In | By ding

    Flexible Planter

    A small deployable structure that can be used as a vase or a planter, and stands on horizontal surfaces. The flexible planter is dynamic and flexible. It is foldable for easy storage, it can encompass different volumes. It’s great for people who are always on the move.

    Connecting three sets of off-center scissor connection surfaces vertically edge to edge. The structure frame is comprised of ABS injection molded plastic framing member. The deployable structure: pull to deploy, press to un-deploy. A inner PET plastic skin attaches each moveable parts of the structure framework as for placing plant. The inner skin: with waterproof coating, heat sealed. The base has a water absorbing layer can be re-used by the plant.

    Dimensions: 12” Max. H x 7”L x 4”W
    Weight: 0.35 lbs
    Material:
    – ABS injection molded plastic
    – 1/8”x 4” stainless steel rod, K&S Engineering 7135
    – PET plastic skin with waterproof coating, heat sealedto ensure to leakage
    – Snap-fittings

    Special thanks to: Tom Perrone




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    Fruit Platter

    On 11, Jun 2013 | In | By ding

    Fruit Platter

    The Fruit Platter is a light weight, ready-to-assemble platter made from a series of laser cut profiles that lock together to form a sturdy three dimensional object. The Lattice Platter sets out to challenge the notions we have of everyday products. The Fruit Platter is a simple yet elegant platform to display fruit or other small objects.

    Laser cutting process ensures the fine details are able to repeated consistently and that each individual panel can be closely nested into the next, minimising wastage.

    Material: 3.0mm birch plywood
    Dimensions: 12.5″ L x 12.5″ W

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    Pivot Panel Wall

    On 11, Jun 2013 | In | By ding

    Pivot Panel Wall

    The Pivot Panel addresses the unique and layered context of live/work environments. Our team proposed the product as a flexible space divider with variable heights, is easily reconfigurable and is sensitive to the acoustic and privacy needs of individuals doing focused work tasks.

    Our product solutions are considering issues of mobility while still providing stability and a “permanent” aesthetic. Opportunities for personal and collective brand expression are considered through passive or active media, allowing end-users to customize their wall system and express their unique and individual identity.

    This project was a collaboration with Changsoon Park and Erick Katzenstien [PennDesign M.Arch 10′]: I executed the concept developments, sketches, drawings, renderings and 3D modeling.

    Publication:
    University of Pennsylvania – School of Design, Department of Architecture 2009/2010 portfolio

    Studio: Jordan Goldstein
    Weekly Guest Critics: President and Chief Sales Officer, Transwall








    Modular “J” Hooks

    On 10, Jun 2013 | In | By ding

    Modular “J” Hooks

    Simultaneously visual and tactile, the “J” hook uses three units and a few connectors to produce a variety of geometric patterns. It also allows the user to create graphic elements on their wall and perfectly combines decoration and function. These hooks support coats, scarves, hats, keys along with other personal items. Designed to require only a few points of support, the system adds texture and utility to any wall with minimal intrusion. Combine sets for a larger installation.

    Model: 3D Printed ABS, Acrylic
    Hook Size: 4″ x 2″

    Studio: Josh Owen
    Exhibition: Identity PennDesign Student Show – 2010


    LED Pendant V.1

    On 10, Jun 2013 | In | By ding

    LED Pendant V.1

    The main idea of this design was to create a simple, but functional LED pendant light fixture that could be used in many casual and romantic environments, such as in restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

    This fixture contains only five parts: an aluminum tube, four-diodes LED module, a 2″ diameter frosted acrylic cylinder, a 2″ diameter black mounting plate and a pair of aluminum raisers. This fixture is extremely small and light in weight compared to many fluorescent and incandescent luminaries; however, the light emission from this LED pendant is incredibly warm and cozy. This fixture consumes approximately one and a half watts of energy.

    [ Designed and built by Ding Liu, LED modules sponsored by Permlight Products, Inc. ]

    Material: Aluminum and Plastic
    Dimension: 2.5″ H x 2″ Dia.

    Studio: Michael Siminovitch





    LED Pendant V.2

    On 10, Jun 2013 | In | By ding

    LED Pendant V.2

    The objective of this design is to create a unique and contemporary pendant light fixture, a luminaire that could not be made with any other lighting technologies, such as fluorescent and incandescent.

    In order to demonstrate the LED technology and capture the special effects, a layer lamination was used for the construction of this pendant light. There are total of twelve components to assemble this fixture: an aluminum heat sink, two raisers, two screws, three two-diodes LED modules, a black acrylic, an amber acrylic and two 3/16″ diameter aluminum tubes. Three 1″ diameter holes have been mechanically drilled through both black and ember acrylic. This would allow maximum light emission, capture and highlight the beauty of the amber acrylic. Also, there is a 1/16″ gap between the heat sink and the black acrylic, which is purposely designed to obtain sparkles. This fixture consumes approximately three watts of energy.

    [ Designed and built by Ding Liu, LED modules sponsored by Permlight Products, Inc. ]

    Material: Aluminum and Plastic
    Dimension: 4″ L x 2.25″ W x 1.25″ H

    Studio: Michael Siminovitch






    LED Wall Scone 25

    On 10, Jun 2013 | In | By ding

    LED Wall Scone 25

    Simple yet modern are the main concepts for the Light Emitting Diode (LED) Wall Sconce. I felt that a small, simple and clean designed luminaire would clearly demonstrate the unique use of LED technology. Yet, sustainability was another major consideration driven behind this design.

    The fixture is composed with two types of recyclable materials: aluminum and plastic. The perforated aluminum has been mechanically cut, manually bended and painted in white. Three LED modules are mounted on a highly reflective aluminum sheet serving as a heat sink. A sheet of frosted acrylic is inserted between the perforated aluminum shell and the LED modules as a diffuser. Finally, users are able to change the diffusers colors for different light affects. This fixture consumes approximately six watts of energy.

    [ Designed and built by Ding Liu, LED modules sponsored by Permlight Products, Inc. ]

    Material: Aluminum and Plastic
    Dimension: 4″ L x 2.25″ W x 1.25″ H

    Studio: Michael Siminovitch





    Rocking Chair V.1

    On 10, Jun 2013 | In | By ding

    Rocking Chair V.1

    This chair was created during the winter of 2004. It is a handcrafted rocking chair/ tea table created out of natural pine, redwood and wood glue. It was selected to be displayed at the 20th Street Art Gallery in Sacramento California (The 2004 American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) art show).

    Material: Pine and Redwood (no nails and glue)
    Dimension: 35″L x 24″W x 34″ H (with back support)

    Studio: Kathy Noonan (2004)