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  Household consumer product design  
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Swiss raclette

Swiss raclette
Concept design sketches, concept rendering and prototype testing for a Swiss raclete. The product is designed to melt cheese and grill food like sausages and bacon.

 
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Swiss raclete

Swiss raclete
This is the final design in die casted aluminum with a chrome finish. The product has a spinning tray to facilitate serving the melted cheese. The tray can be removed and use a normal plate to grill other food.

 
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Swiss raclete
Swiss raclete
Steelwork design for the raclette. Developed for manufacturing a prototype production for testing the product
 
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Swiss raclete

Swiss Rcalete
Detail engineering and Design for manufacturing in Solidworks. All the components have been designed to the last detail and from this model drawings have been product to manufacture and assemble.

 
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Table electric gril

Table electric grill
Made in die casted aluminum with a chrome finish. This grill has a layer of volcanic stones that are heated by a stainless steel heat element offering the feeling of a standard barbecue but that can be used indoors. The grill is designed in “V” shape to let the fat drain down to a deposit and stopping from falling into the stones, eliminating with this unwanted smoke and odors. Heat can be controlled by a thermostat knob.

 
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Table electric gril
Table electric grill
Designed in stainless steel flat sheet. The design is meant to test the concept, check the thermal conductivity, the time for cooking and the heat element quality. The design allows to have a fully working prototype.
 
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Under cupboard grill

Under cupboard grill
This powerful grill works with two 800 Watts quartz heat elements and is manufactured in die casting. The tray can be opened as drawer, allowing simple and fast food turning and access. The left button switches the grill on and off and the right controls the temperature.

 
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Under cupboard grill

Under cupboard grill
Different colour applications and design for the product

 
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Quickchill

Quickchill
This chilling box, made in injection moulding, is designed to speed up the chilling process in a fridge or freezer. Developed using CFD calculations (computer fluid dynamics) the product proved to reduce chilling time to a 20%.

 
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Barbecue Grill

Barbecue Grill
This barbecue set is manufactured in die casting, is a stylish and simple design that will bring a special atmosphere to a garden party. The tray can be adjusted up and down with the central knob and can be closed for a smoked touch.

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  Industrial and commercial product design and development  
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Lift Pallett

Lift pallet.
Developed for Cambridge entrepreneur competition, This is a pallet-container with a floor that ascends and descends automatically as products are loaded and unloaded, having always the top layer of products at the same height from the floor. Produced in rotational moulding and activated with a piston system.

Cambridge University Entrepreneurs

 
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Self deployable scaffolding

Self deployable scaffolding.
Designed for a Cambridge entrepreneur, this scaffolding system is easily moved around and with a winch mechanism it is self deployed with the touch of a button. Scroll down to see a video!!!

http://www.monkeytower.co.uk/

 
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Steel coin container
Steel coin container
Developed to transport and store coins, this container had to stand a load of 12 tons and be fully collapsible for ease of transport. The product also had to weight no more than 155kg.
 
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Concept designs: trainer, wireless power pad , self lifting pallet and watch

Concept designs
Some examples of concept designs

 
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Wireless power pad

Wireless power pad
Concept design for a wireless power pad

Splashpower

 
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Trainer Solidworks modelled

Trainer
Trainer concept design, modeled in solidworks using surface modeling.

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Injection moulding design

 
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Injection moulding tray

Refrigeration tray to use on retail refrigerators for soft drinks. The tray had to stand a load of 80 Kg with a maximum deformation of 5mm and weigh less than 1.2 KG. Several concept of design structures were proposed and tested and the most suitable design was optimized to reduce weight and reduce manufacturing costs.

 
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Injection moulding tray

Injection moulding tray
Developed to transport bakery products all around Mexico (( BIMBO www.grupobimbo.com) this plastic tray had to withstand excessive loads, and be easy to stack one on top of the other. The trays are designed in such a way that if turned 90 degrees the gap between them is reduce to a minimum for transporting empty trays. And if turned 180 degrees the gap is increased. Allowing to transport bigger product.

 
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Injection moulding tray

Injection moulding tray
Development of injection moulding tray. From creating concepts in Solidworks 3d models, then FEA (finite element analysys) to calculate stress and deformation to validate the design. Later produce SLA prototypes and finaly supervised the prototype production of injected parts.  

 
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Injection moulding tray

Injection moulding design and detail engineering for lid and blow moulding design for bottle body.

 
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Injection moulding tray

Injection moulding design and detail engineering for lid and blow moulding design for bottle body.

 
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Injection moulding tray

Injection moulding design and detail engineering for lid and blow moulding design for bottle body.

 
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Blow and injection moulding bottles

Blow and injection moulding bottles
Design from concept to fully engineered solutions of bottles for a wide range of applications and markets.

 
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Injection moulding lids

Injection moulding lids
Designed for energy drinks and water bottles.

 
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Injection moulding fan case.

Injection moulding fan case.
Designed to substitute a steel component. The product had to comply with very strict mechanical specifications, hold firmly a motor and withstand a person standing on it without showing permanent deformations. Plastic used is BASF ultradur with fiber glass.

Designed for BASF

 
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Injection moulding fan case.

Injection moulding fan case
Rapid prototyping in SLA and injection moulding parts of a fan case.

 
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Injection moulding fan case.

Injection moulding fan case
Concept design of different alternatives to produce an injection moulding fan case.

 
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Injection moulding retail display

Injection moulding retail display.
Product Engineering and detail design for a retail display for Barbie. The side panels can be changed to increase width and the spinning clear cylinders show product information.

 
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Injection moulding retail display

Injection moulding retail display
Designed for a bakery brand (BIMBO www.grupobimbo.com). The display is made of a steel tubular frame and plastic trays that slide up and down and fixed by a pin.

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  Refrigeration design  
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Fridge Storage Research

Fridge Storage Research
Study of how people around the world use refrigerators, how is food stored, the cycle of food inside the refrigerators and what product are most commonly used and where and how are they stored.

 
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Household Fridge Storage System

Household Fridge Storage System
Study of possible solutions to provide a simple and effective way for storing all kinds of food in a safe and practical way inside a refrigerated compartment.

 
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Household refrigerator drawer

Household refrigerator drawer.
Access system for providing an efficient storage system in a refrigerated drawer. Components proposed in injection moulding.

 
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Household refrigerator drawer

Household refrigerator drawer
Final product of refrigerated drawer. Proved to offer a better solution than competitor products, the design offered a simple and intuitive solution to store all kinds of products in a safe and efficient way.

 
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Household undercounter refrigerator design

Household undercounter refrigerator design
Concept design using standard kitchen panels to decorate a drawer refrigerator.

 
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Household undercounter fridge

Household undercounter fridge
Concept design for small undercounterl refrigerator

 
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Household undercounter fridge
Household undercounter fridge
Ssmall undercounter fridge freezer. Each drawer provides a different temperature for storing food in the most safe and efficient way to mantain its freshness.
 
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Household fridge

Household fridge
Concept design for small refrigerator unit

 
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Household refrigerator detail engineering

Household refrigerator detail engineering
Solidworks detail engineering of household refrigerator. Steel work design, design for manufacture and frame design.

 
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Household refrigerator design

Household refrigerator design
Final product of undercounter built in frigde freezer unit

 
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Retail refrigeration

Retail refrigeration
Design and development of retail refrigeration concepts that improve product visibility, access, ergonomics, temperature control and energy consumption.

 
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Retail refrigeration

Retail refrigeration
From cardboard models to fully working products. Objectives were achieved in terms of energy consumption, manufacturing costs,  product visibility and temperature control.

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  X CASTRO PRODUCTS  
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JO IPod Car Holder by X Castro

JO IPod Car Holder by X Castro
Universal MP3 Player car holder. Universal mobile phone car holder. -Holds firmly any IPod, MP3 player or mobile phone.
-Clips on any horizontal car vent. Simply press the clip and fix it to your car vents.
-The hands and feet are flexible but strong and can easily be adjusted to any device size.
-The clip support is also flexible, allowing you to adjust the right angle of your IPod or any other MP3 player or mobile.

 
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Laptop case with stand

Laptop case with stand
This neoprene laptop case includes a stand that holds the laptop inclined. Allowing better air circulation and colluding for the laptop and a more comfortable position for the user.

 
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Neoprene Ipod case

Neoprene Ipod case
The case integrates a hem that holds the headphones cables. The case also can be used to hold the Ipod inclined to watch moves on a table. Neoprene also provides cushioning that protects the Ipod in case of falling.

 
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Neoprene Ipod case

Neoprene Ipod case graphic designs
Proposals of new designs for Neorpene IPod case.

 
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Mobile case

Mobile case
This case is designed in steel and neoprene, providing a rigid frame that protect the mobile and a soft cover that gives a soft touch to the product.

 
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Laptop stand

Laptop stand
Portable laptop stand to use the laptop on the bed or on top of a table, the inclination assists the laptop fans in keeping it cool and provide an ergonomic position to use the laptop.

 
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Neoprene and steel mobile holder

Neoprene and steel mobile holder

Made of a steel frame covered in neoprene, this case holds firmly a mobile or MP3 player. The device can be clipped into car vents to hold it firmly and allowing hands free use when driving
 
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Mobile charger cradle

Mobile charger cradle
This charger is fixed to the mains plug and is fitted with a cradle that hold the mobile while charging.

 
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Concept sketches

Concept sketches

 
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Concept sketches
concept design  
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Concept sketches

Concept sketches

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FEA finite element analysis, CFD and simulations

 
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Appliance tray

Appliance tray
This tray, that will be produced in injection moulding, had to weigh less than 1 kg and support a load of 80kg with no more than a 5mm deformation.  

 
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Steel frame design

Steel frame design
This structure frames had to be manufacture with the less possible material and stand certain loads with minimum deformations. With help of FEA tools the frame design was optimized and achieved the requirements reaching the target manufacturing costs.

 
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FEA Finite Element Analysys

FEA Finite Element Analysys
Several examples of FEA calculations for a wide range of products, materials and requirements.

 
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FEA for fan case

FEA for fan case
FEA to validate stress and deformation in an injection moulding fan case.

 
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CFD Computational Fluid Dynamics

CFD Computational Fluid Dynamics
Using CFD tools a fast household chiller was designed. The designed achieved a reduction to 20% in pulling down temperatures of food.

 
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CFD refrigeration

CFD refrigeration
CFD calculations of refrigeration components and systems

 
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CFD refrigeration

CFD refrigeration
CFD calculations of refrigeration components and systems

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  Fabrication / Commission  
product designproduct design
Household products

Household products
Designed and manufactured by X CASTRO

 
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Jewlery

Jewlery
Made in silver, the chain resembles a line hanging underwear.

 
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Wood box

Wood box
Wood box for special cigarettes.

 
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Display

Display
Retail display and promotional displays for different products.

 
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Sony retail display

Sony retail display
Design and manufacture of Sony retail display system

 
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Interactive museum

Interactive museum
Design and manufacturing of a museum interactive exhibition. The games were developed form concept and where required technology and electronics were developed.

 
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Design and fabrication

Design and fabrication
Design and manufacture of special products like, exhibition displays, street furniture, retail displays, etc…. In al these cases the design was proposed and the manufacturing supervised

 
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Canopy

Canopy
Mobile canopy used to check fuel quality in small airports in Mexico under harsh weather conditions.

 
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Office furniture

Office furniture
Office furniture design for airports offices in Mexico, 65 offices were furnished. The design had to provide a flexible solution to fit all spaces and requirements using standard components.

 
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Trailer

Trailer
Trailers used in a manufacturing plant to communicate company information by computer, screen and poster to employees.

 
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TV Set

TV Set
Kitchen design TV set used to advertise a brand of cheese

 
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Interactive museum

Interactive museum
Design and manufacturing of a museum interactive exhibition. The games were developed form concept and where required technology and electronics were developed.

 
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Manufacturing

Manufacturing
Manufacturing of 400 retail display products for Sony

 
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Wall screens

Wall screens
Wall screen and trolley used in a manufacturing plant to communicate company information by computer, screen and poster to employees.  

 
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Assembly line

Assembly line
Design and optimization of assembly line using Lean manufacturing and Six Sigma techniques.

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  Animations  
 

Different products 3d animations. Produced for different clients to show clearly the advantages of the designs and the product.

 

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