Mini Mech (Toy) by Negar Rezaei & Ghazal Esmaeili
2016 - 2017, Golden A' Toy, Games and Hobby Products Design Award Winner
As young engineers and life-long-toy-lovers, we were inspired by the magical nature of modular structures. The possibility of building complex systems using little, simple units motivated us to design an educational and recreational toy to embrace the power of creation.
Mini Mech is a collection of transparent blocks, each of which contains a unique mechanical unit. When assembled, these blocks can be built into complex systems. Mini Mech is designed to empower young creative minds by offering an endless variety of combinations to build simple functioning machines. This is the first package of Mini Mechs family, containing six different blocks with their connections and accessories. The modular nature of family allows us to design new blocks and offer a variety of packages with different functions.
Design Challenges
In the design process, we were encountered with many challenges. Our first challenge was the size of the blocks (4.5 cm x 4.5 cm x 4.5 cm) in which we needed to fit each functioning mechanism. Mechanical parts were designed and custom-built to satisfy the limited space. Having the appropriate connection between the blocks was our second challenge. The couplings had to be functional and easy to use.
Production Technology
The collection is mainly made of acrylic glass, cut by laser technology and assembled by hand. This method is only used for small scale production. With having mass production in mind, Mini Mech is designed with a minimum diversity of pieces, to be suitable for injection molding process.
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