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Ultra-Compact Stroller

 

Ultra-Compact Stroller

Motivation

{to redesign the frame of Morphtech’s Ultra-Compact Stroller prototype, focusing on safety, compactness, ease of assembly, aesthetics and ergonomics, and durability}

Background

The Ultra-Compact Stroller design project was proposed by Dr. Fred Park as a project focusing on product design of patented ultra‐compact collapsible stroller from prototype to demonstration phase. The Ultra-Compact Stroller was created with the goal of making a travel-sized stroller that would be able to fit in a carry on. To fulfill these goals, the stroller was designed to be compact—able fit into a backpack—and light, under 8 lbs. The design team was given a prototype, further known as “Morphtech”, and asked to assess and improve upon it.

Story

In the below series of pictures, you'll find the design methodology I used to arrive at the final design:

 
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Local Impact

I gained valuable experience in need-finding through market research and product design that focused on consumer requirement.

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Global Impact

Society needs more engineers to be user-focused rather than product-focused. I hope that the skills I learned from these projects will allow me to find solutions that better address consumer needs.

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What this project means to me

I spent numerous hours working in the machine shop to manufacture the handlebar mechanism, something that has made me appreciate and understand what it means to design for manufacturability. One of the biggest challenges in this project was producing curved geometries for the stroller frame, as our machine shop did not have this capability. We found very quickly that this oversight caused many critical issues in part alignment and stroller load capacity. From this, I learned the importance of taking a step back from component-level details to focus on system design holistically.