one is a screw gun, the other is not

screwgun

student project
research/design

Re-designing a power tool to better fit the needs of the user. This project explores the ergonomics of the hand, the adaptation of tools and their environment, and the evolution of a current tool re-directed towards its fundamental purpose. 

one is a screw gun, the other is not

one is a screw gun, the other is not

While the drill is a versatile tool used for multiple jobs in professional and consumer settings, the screw gun is a tool with one purpose, used mostly in professional settings. 

getting acquainted

getting acquainted

Screw guns are used to for their speed. They assist in jobs related to building homes, such as, hanging drywall, decking, flooring, roofing, and framing. The sole purpose of this tool is to put in and take out screws. 

the steps

the steps

Visiting a shutter factory gave critical insight into the everyday use of this tool. The steps from beginning to end show the process, improvisations from the user, and need for improvements. 

talking with the experts

talking with the experts

Key examples were used from extensive research and interviews with six working professionals who use screw guns daily. 

opportunities

opportunities

The opportunities for improvement were derived from market analysis, on-sight observation, and in-person interviews.

ideation

ideation

Taking inspiration from the aerodynamic king fisher, the form is emblematic of speed and precision. 

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magnetic pad

magnetic pad

The magnetic pad secures screws for quick and easy access while working at any angle.  

easy bit release

easy bit release

The twist and pull action of the bit release allows for quick bit removal. 

high/low grip

high/low grip

The side indentation allows for a variety of comfort grips. Over-molded with a textured rubber, the grip absorbs vibrations which can damage nerves in the hand. 

removable battery + cord

removable battery + cord

The removable battery and cord allow users to work in placed where cords do not reach. 

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