4 months, 3 weeks ago
A wise man once said of making movies that they’re never finished they’re just abandoned, and the same can also be said of designs. Sometimes you get to the end of the design process (and I’m sure my fellow crafters wil agree with me here) and you have a product/item you’re very proud of…. but there’s a few things that just… niggle. The policy with my products and designs is that I’ll release them when I’m happy with them but I resere the right to go back and completely remake them if I think I can do better. An example of this, very recently, was The MugHug.
You’ve seen the MugHug in previous posts but in case you haven’t it’s a collapsible holder for ‘on the go’ coffee and hot/cold drinks, as sold by Costa, Starbucks, KFC, McDonalds and so on and so forth. Basically I got tired of those USELESS cardboard sleeves and wanted to make something which could fit in a pocket or handbag, be put together while you were standing in a queue and then enable you to walk away and continue on your morning commute without having to try to carry your cup using The Force. It consists of a semicircular housing into which slot three discs; the discs then can be taken out and fitted into the ends of the housing, forming a handle and two holders into which the cup is inserted. You then put the remaining disc back in your pocket and use the housing as a handle, keeping your hands away from the scalding hot coffee. No more early morning growling and swearing for you…
The original design, which I’ve added in the slideshow for illustration, used two wooden dowels to hold the rings in place once they were fitted. I was, however, never 100% happy with that idea; it increased production costs and production times, it made it more fiddly to use and the dowels never held the cup 100% steady (it was about 99% and gravity did the rest, but that wasn’t good enough; niggle…. niggle…. niggle…..).
Now I’m a little more experienced as a designer I finally came up with a way to make a fully 3D-printable locking clip; the disc is now inserted into the handle as before but instead of having the push two wooden pegs all the way through the holes (which was a bit awkward to do in a hurry) you simply snap the clips closed and the disc is held so tightly there’s zero possibility of it moving. That actually worked out better than I’d hoped; it’s so much faster and easier to put together and you don’t have the awkward wooden dowels getting in the way. When you’re all done you just unsnap the clips, take the discs out and slot them back into the handle (I also added a locating pin inside the handle so the discs line up vastly more easily), then you drop the whole thing back into your pocket and you’re off!
The new MugHug Mk2 is available now in my Etsy store, 3D printed to order in a range of different colours (the white and blue in the photos were the first ones which sprang to mind, but if you want yours printed in gold and green then you can have it in gold and green!). It can also be personalised to you by laser-engraving it with your name, message, phone number in case you lose it or whatever else you want (although there’s not much space so it can’t be VERY much…). It’s also on sale this month; enter the promotional code APRIL2019 for 10% off.
So that’s one new product! More are added all the time and I’m planning a big sale for next month as it’s the month of my birthday and I want to share the joy with everyone. Watch this space for more details…..