Drawing/Drafting and Solidworks

In spring semester of 2015, I took a class called Drawing Architecture, which taught both freehand drawing and hard line drafting, with pencil, charcoal, and graphite. For my final project, I was allowed to draw two iconic industrial designs, the KitchenAid Mixer and the Juicy Salif by Phillipe Starck for Alessi, rather than a building.

I also modeled the Juicy Salif in Solidworks for a final project in Computer Aided Engineering. Looking at the juicer through the lenses of form and strength in these two contexts gave me a greater understanding of its flaws and merits, artistically and functionally. In the words of Starck, the juicer is “not meant to squeeze lemons” but “to start conversations.” So, it is primarily an art piece, and its usage is imperfect to say the least. There is nothing to catch undesired seeds and pulp, and the finish of the aluminum reacts with acidic juice to corrode the material. Furthermore, it is somewhat unstable. Benefits of the design include its aesthetic beauty and the flexibility of use–any vessel can be placed underneath to catch juice, depending on the culinary purpose.

Here are renders of the Solidworks model I made, as well as a riff on the design that I imagined. I rendered it to show how the form could be mutated to work in another way, sitting over a glass, though with similar flaws and merits in the functionality. Through static analysis with force and torque (measured by the force required to juice half an orange with a scale zeroed before measuring), I found the factor of safety to be 3.5, a reasonable value. I also 3D printed two quarter-scale models on the Makerbot and Dimension printers to see the form in real life.