Roto Moulder by Studio MyFirst
Published on May 29, 2012
Today we want to show you an evolution of a project made by this guys, really interesting way to see the improvement of the “same” object/machine. “Rotational Moulding DIY Machine” is the first prototype and after this project they improve it and they did a new one called “myfirst roto moulder”. Product design students Andrew Duffy, Craig Tyler and Edward Harrison have built a machine for making plastic objects, which is powered by a cordless drill. Made of scrap materials, the device produces hollow, plastic products by rotating a mould on two axis while resins harden inside. The three young designers developed the apparatus to help them learn about industrial, rotational moulding while studying at the University for the Creative Arts in the UK. To have an idea is one thing, to fully understand the process is paramount to good design. Whilst Studying on a BA honours degree, Product Design students Andrew Duffy, Craig Tyler and Edward Harrison wanted to learn more about a manufacturing process named rotational moulding. It was decided that the best way to learn about this process was to construct a miniature machine. The D.I.Y rotation moulding machine was built to replicate the industrial process to help further understand its possibilities. The machine was built at no cost from scrap materials and simply powered by a cordless drill. With the use of cold setting bio resins, Andrew and Craig are now able to create a fully sustainable range of hollow plastic products.
The Real Rotational Moulding process is an exceptionally flexible and cost effective method for creating thermoplastic products and components. The rotational moulding process is a high-temperature, low-pressure plastic-forming process that uses heat and biaxial rotation to produce hollow, one-piece parts.
Rotational moulds are significantly cheaper than other types of mould. Very little material is wasted using this process, and excess material can often be re-used, making it a very economically and environmentally viable manufacturing process.
‘myfirst roto moulder’ is a flat pack DIY rotational moulding machine created by studio myfirst. Here the design offers the ability to replicate the manufacturing process by giving designers, artists and creative’s alike the chance to experiment and develop their ideas. With the use of moulds and cold setting resins, hollow plastic objects can be formed on the machine time and time again.
According to studio myfirst, education of this process is normally difficult to achieve given the large size and cost of an actual rotational moulding machine, leaving the most common method of education coming from text books.
The machines take up little space with the ability to deconstruct for ease of storage and transportation. ’myfirst roto moulder’ is the followup to their previous project ‘rotational moulding DIY project’.