Project brief

Design sustainable products with some key strategies across the life cycle while taking advantage of Autodesk Fusion 360’s innovative features for CAD/CAM modeling.
After brainstorming, we finalized four categories to cover bigger spectrum of products, Chose one product for each category and explored the way to make them sustainable
1.Collaboration      2.Short life cycle       3.Long life cycle      4.Personalization

Design team

Lara Cardoso, Andrew Magee, Mariana Pinheiro, Trupti Pomaje and Professor Alex Lobos – Rochester Institute of Technology

Brainstorming and Ideation

Final concepts

1.Orchard Bus Stop

Category: Collaboration

Design has the potential to bring people together. Orchard bus stop offers a flexible design that allows for multiple layouts and includes components that can be adjusted depending on the available space, geographical location and specific needs of the urban environment. Seating modules also serve as display cases that showcase products, art pieces, or decorative elements that represent each community’s interests. A green roof and solar powered lighting offers alternative solutions for reduced energy consumption.

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Design goals
  • Promote community engagement in design process
  • Integrate solar panels and green roofs as alternative ways of energy use
  • Encourage interaction and socialization while waiting for the bus
  • Allow for bus stop to integrate with local environment and promote work of local artists, businesses, etc.
2.Prism Accent Furniture

Category: Short life cycle

Product lifetime cannot have a one-size-fits-all approach and design details and materials selection should accommodate for this variations. Prism is a modular system of illuminated tables designed for college students and other people living in temporary situations. Prism integrates tables and ambient lighting into a single product that comes flat-packed and is easy to assemble and disassemble. When users are ready to move to a new life stage they can either flat pack the tables and bring them along or they can recycle them.

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Design goals
  • Integrate packaging and product
  • Materials’ selection for products with short lifespans
  • Engage user in product assembly/disassembly
  • Create a design that is easy to reconfigure
  • Minimize number of parts and manufacturing processes
  • Create multi-functional products



3.Caterpillar Children Shoes

Category: Personalization

Children grow at a fast pace and because of this their garments and footwear have short lifespans. “Caterpillar” shoes are designed to integrate flexible materials and a lacing system that expands and compresses up to three sizes. The modular design also allows users to personalize the shoes according to individual styles and to replace components that tend to wear out often.

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Design goals
  • Lifespan extension for products that are replaced often
  • Easy product repair and part replacement
  • Versatile design that can be resized easily
  • Interchangeable components for product personalization
  • Use of flexible yet durable materials
4.Bubble Household Shower

Category: Long life cycle

Showers are important components for personal hygiene. Although they were developed as a water-saving alternative to traditional baths, their relaxing nature results in people taking long showers. The Bubble Shower concept explores ways for the shower to reduce water consumption without compromising its performance. More importantly, it offers features help users to be more conscious of how much water they use when bathing, generating a sustainable behavior that will carry on to other activities.

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Design goals
  • Present showers as relaxing ritual
  • Promote user behavior towards shorter showers
  • Communicate water consumption during use
  • Include water-saving settings
  • Ability to install in different bathroom layouts