Robbins Toys and Lumber challenged ARCADIA with the task of up-cycling manufacturing waste wood. ARCADIA designworks successfully designed and prototyped four games and a line of wooden toy vehicles which premiered at the New York CIty Toy Fair.
The Original Ultimate Spinner winning three national awards, takes the lead, followed by Truckles TM, and a variety of unique bag-toss games.
ARCADIA designworks' Original Ultimate Spinner
Red Wheel Robbins Toy
Photograph by Sullivan & Westin
Robbins repurposed wood
ARCADIA designworks at the New York City Toy Fair 2009
ARCADIA designworks' Truckles TM
ARCADIA designworks' bag toss games
Robbins Toys repurposed wood, Lob the Lobstah
Recognizing that typical three-foot lobster traps take valuable wharf and lobster boat deck-space, ARCADIA designworks designed a semi-collapsible lobster trap, the result of which saves on storage space and reduces transportation costs.
With assistance from the Maine Technology Institute Seed Grant Program, ARCADIA designworks hired a team of material experts, engineers, and industrial designers from the University of Maine to assist in the research and redesign of new traps.
The resulting product utilizes a central partition, or "shark jaw", enabling the folding wire mesh to collapse upon itself. The reduction in volume is approximately 40%; 5 of ARCADIA's traps equate to 3 standard traps.
A commercialized collapsible trap is currently in redesign with a more environmentally-friendly material than the current PVC-coated wire mesh.
ARCADIA designworks Semi-Collapsable Lobster Trap
Five ARCADIA traps equate to approximately three standard traps
ARCADIA designworks semi-collapsible trap
Saves on storage space and reduces transportation costs
Protective Head Gear
Head related injuries and deaths as a result of accidental falls are a number 1 problem amongst the older adults the general population. Consumers do not want bulky protective gear, so to avoid an awkward band, the research and development team of Alba Technic worked with ARCADIA designworks to develop an appropriately stylish protective headband accepted by consumers who prone to falling and/or frequent epileptic seizures.*
The band is comprised of a patented composite material injection molded by L&K into a 3D printed die with laser cut dilatant pads adhered at key impact locations. The finished product is wrapped in the stylish, high-performance, removable fabric cover.
*Based laboratory tests, the SMARTY protective headband has demonstrated a decrease in impact up to 90% during a fall. Results are based on head injury criterion used in testing motorcycle helmets.
SMARTY Protective Headband
ARCADIA designworks with Alba Technic, L&K Manufacturing & The University of Maine's Advanced Manufacturing Center
Exterior is made of patented composite material
Resulting prototypes premiered at the 2015 TechConnect World Innovation Conference in Washington, DC
Working from Wentworth Technology's engineering and design guidelines, ARCADIA designworks conducted field research on current competitor products and accessories, and the users of commercial grade, drive-thru headsets.
Following the compilation of our research, ARCADIA facilitated a one day design session with Wentworth's engineering and marketing + sales team; this resulted in two conceptual and digital model options.
ARCADIA designworks Speed-Thru Pro, Gen 1.5 Headset
ARCADIA designworks headset model options
Foreside Metal Furniture
Vacaville, California & Falmouth, Maine
For Transpac Imports ARCADIA designworks developed design specification sheets for the production of metal furniture and novelty ware.
Designs were produced using two-point perspective hand drawings and Sketchup models.
Two-point perspective hand drawings and Sketchup models
Lowes Home Improvement & TPDA Brand Agency
As a design consultant for Maine based TPDA brand agency, ARCADIA designworks assisted in the production of 60+ home patio chair designs in response to trend reports by Trend House NYC with Lowes Home Improvement.
ARCADIA produced two week-turn around concept sketches of chair back elevations resulting in a select group of axonometric drawings and 1/4 scale models.
Superimposed trend environment designs via watercolor and hand drawings of chair designs and upholstery patterns were also produced by ARCADIA for the client. These multi dimensional manufacturing renderings and models were submitted to China's Numark Industries for prototyping and production.
Chairs are manufactured, distributed, and sold throughout North America Lowes Home Improvement.
Superimposed home patio chair image
Watercolor and hand drawings
ARCADIA designworks finished patio chair product
Distributed nationally in North America via Lowes Home Improvement Stores
Image from Lowes Home Improvement
ARCADIA designworks assisted The Jubiltree Company in design refinements, manufacturing drawings and patent diagrams for their wooden dowel tree.
ARCADIA designworks with The Jubilee Tree Company
The Jubilee Wooden Dowel Tree
Duratherm Windows - Vassalboro, Maine
Stair Handrail - Brooks Residence
ARCADIA designworks metalwork experience exists in architectural components as well as free-standing pieces, such as the Brooks Residence handrail.
The handrail is a clean, curving form made entirely of stainless steel. ARCADIA's mock-up models and fabrication drawings enabled TigPro, a Maine based stainless steel fabrication shop, to fabricate in-house parts and install the handrail at the residence.
Stainless steel handrail for residence installation
ARCADIA designworks with TigPro Stainless Steel Fabricators
Production Room Mural
Gothenburg, Sweden, and Brunswick, Maine
In 2013, ARCADIA designworks received a design commissions for the Molnyke Health Care small and large instructional murals and point-of-touch kiosks. With the assistance of multifaceted graphic designers, metalwork consultants, and large format printers, ARCADIA designworks expanded our design services into the world of new media.
Rynel Production Line Instructional Mural
Mural depicts essential stages in the production of Molnlycke Health Care's polyurethane foam-sheet material, used for wound-dressings.
Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, and Greater Portland Council of Governments
ARCADIA designworks' Trilateral Kiosk is a six-sided, aluminum and fastener-free, structure designed for a quick, 10 minute assembly.
The base, central post, and perforated display paneling and shelves break down for disassembly via simple snap-fits. The lightweight kiosk, manageable for single person transport, stores in a durable, canvas bag.
The Trilateral Kiosk on display at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine
Alba Technic hired ARCADIA designworks to design Alba Technic's SMARTY logo, information banner, and large 8 x 10' exhibit backdrop; backdrop depicted consumers using Alba's patented composite material protective headband.
All display materials were used by Alba to exhibit at the 2015 TechConnect World Innovation Conference & Expo in Washington, DC.
Alba Technic's SMARTY logo, information banner, and large 8 x 10' exhibit backdrop, produced by ARCADIA designworks
SMARTY Display Tools
Alba Technic's promotional materials
ARCADIA designworks Modeling Concepts
From additive to subtractive modeling, ARCADIA designworks utilizes a variety of techniques to give three dimensions to non-dimensional ideas.
With our new MakerGear M2, 3D printer ARCADIA can fabricate prototypes in PLA and ABS plastic. This modeling tool expands our capabilities and positions ARCADIA as a firm offering one of a kind, plastic products.
ARCADIA designworks public presentations are often augmented with manipulative, three dimensional tools, such as the XYZ cube which teaches the Cartesian Coordinate System of three dimensional objects in space but also in urban planning. Additionally engaged as a chess set in ARCADIA'a Deliberate, Design and Act Workshop, the XYZ cube becomes a strategic game and precursor. For example, three dimensional space is critical to the planning of a small community on a finite parcel of land with access only to basic amenities, and services. The cube helps us think about objects in our environment in relationship to one another.
Staff at ARCADIA designworks participates in public presentations and forums at public schools, higher education institutions, businesses, and arts organizations to showcase finished design projects and conceptual design theories.