Connected Home & Travel Pod for CES 2019
Control systems and technology solutions company, GHSP, wanted to make a virtual splash at the Consumer Electronics Show exhibiting futuristic product applications for industries like automotive and high-end appliances. Our engineers and model makers helped bring their ambitious vision to life.
Initially, we were brought on to make a cover piece for the controls interface in their autonomous vehicle display because of our reputation for creating beautiful surface finishes on clear 3D prints. They wanted the cover to be touch-sensitive and “dead-fronted” in piano black, which allowed the control panel to shine through when it was on and go black when it was off.
Our engineers had to make some adjustments to their CAD data before printing, and saw a better way to achieve the sharp, cohesive look they wanted. Instead of CNC machining the control panel track and then finishing it, we engineered the whole assembly to be 3D printed using SLA and FDM technologies, saving our customer precious time and money.
The FDM printed chasis provided a strong structure with built-in nesting features for the video hardware and controls. The clear SLA covers were more chemical and solvent resistant than acrylic or polycarbonate would have been, providing both a seamless aesthetic and a resilient surface for the pressure-sensitive video displays to adhere to.
Another local prototype shop specializing in large format exhibits built the shell of the autonomous vehicle display–a wood interior construction encased in fiberglass–based on the engineering work we completed.
We also built in a wireless phone charging station that was back-lit to showcase applications for UV light disinfecting technology as well as a UV light sanitizing refrigerator handle for the “connected kitchen” section of their booth.