Build & Manufacture
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Overall Build & ManufactureThis page goes over all of build and manufacturing process for the bedside table from initial ideas and brainstorming to the final product. The build and manufacturing process was split into three categories: tabletop, support column, and base.
*Detailed Build & Assembly Instructions can be found here
Tabletop IdeasWe all created prototypes on small cardboard versions for the swivel mechanism. We ultimately decided our design considering feasibility and ease of manufacturing.
After we decided on a tabletop design, we made a larger cardboard prototype to verify that no other complications came up when the ideas were scaled.
Tabletop Design and BuildThe final tabletop is designed to be in a retracted or expanded position.
- Retracted: Tabletop Retracted
- Expanded: Tabletop Expanded
Tabletop LaminateInitial research about wood furnishings to apply to the tabletop surface was done here
After more research, a Formica Infiniti Laminate was chosen to be applied to the tabletop surface. Formica is a common brand used throughout medical, household, and industrial settings. Formica laminates are durable, scratch-resistant, and easily cleanable. Formica Infiniti is specifically used for medical fields as it provides an extra anti-microbial surface protection feature.
- Final Formica Infiniti Laminate chosen:
- insert pictures of laser cut laminates
Pneumatic Support ColumnThe support column is a manually operated pneumatic column sourced from SUSPA.
- 3in diameter (round shell)
- Retracted length: 625mm (24.6in)
- Extended length: 1040mm (49.94in)
- Weight: 160 Newtons (35 lbs)
- Actuation Method
- Lever located on the side of the column
- Top: flange to bolt directly or bolt pattern
- Bottom: flange to bolt directly
Base ManufacturingBase Design 3: Bedside Table Base Design
Hot-rolled steel was used to manufacture the base. It is a high density material that can be easily welded.
The legs of the base are made up of four steel strips that were bent 80 degrees to make the base structurally stable. Three strips were bent 90 degrees and welded together to act as the center of the base. The legs and center were welded together afterwards.