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Kimberly Hylton

Kimberly Hylton

San Francisco, CA, US

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CNC arm components made using shop bot
CNC arm components made using shop bot
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Apoidea Lamp Design and Prototype

The name "Apoidea" directly references the superfamily of bees and wasps.  The Apoidea desk lamp is designed to keep your team focused and working together.  It's hive shape draws from  the inspiring hard work, dedication, and team mentality of  these colony working insects.  Each lamp is constructed with a fully adjustable arm, beverage coaster, and built in dimmer switch.  Apoidea also comes in several color choices which can be mixed and matched to achieve the right environmental energy level for your specific workplace.

My client's need was to fill a large workspace with a light source that would unite each employee while adding a fun and playful element to the workplace.  

I conceptualized and built the Apoidea from the ground up.  Minus the electrical wiring, fittings, and nuts and bolts, each part was designed to be made from computer numeric controlled machinery or molds.  This way the Apoidea could be mass produced or made in small batches depending on the clients needs.  I researched ceramic material to make the base and resolved issues of breakage and fragility by using a clay to paper ratio.  I found that the paper fibers knitted together when forming the mold, but also were burned away during the firing process leaving the mold lighter and more durable.          

Overall the Apoidea was a great learning experience from R&D to Prototype, by the end of the project I realized that even the smallest changes made the biggest differences in my final product.

 
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Status: School Project
Location: San Francisco State University
My Role: Solo Design Project

 
foam lamp shade positive for the plaster mold made on lathe
foam lamp shade positive for the plaster mold made on lathe
creation of 3part plaster mold
creation of 3part plaster mold
creation of 3part plaster mold
creation of 3part plaster mold
paper clay mix poured and drained, hardening in plaster mold
paper clay mix poured and drained, hardening in plaster mold
paper clay shade fired in bisqued state and sanded smooth
paper clay shade fired in bisqued state and sanded smooth
pulling apart 3part plaster mold to reveal paper clay shade in greenware state
pulling apart 3part plaster mold to reveal paper clay shade in greenware state
rough assembly to see if design is working as planned
rough assembly to see if design is working as planned
parts sanded to smooth finish and applied paint/gloss
parts sanded to smooth finish and applied paint/gloss
wiring the lamp and dropping in the dimmer fixture
wiring the lamp and dropping in the dimmer fixture
friction washers were put between moving parts to reduce wear
friction washers were put between moving parts to reduce wear
lamp shade housing close-up
lamp shade housing close-up
Finished product
Finished product

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