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Taking inspiration from IDEO in California, we decided to try out the ‘Dirty Prototyping‘ process to generate more ideas. Using found materials as substitutes for the real thing, allows for as-out-of-the-box-as-you-can-get ideas, no matter how impossible it may seem!

Here are a few pictures of us trying to prototype our mobile lab.

Thinking 'inside' the box

Thinking ‘inside’ the box

Prototype 1.a.

Prototype 1.a.

Final Prototype 1.b.

Prototype 1.b.

Prototype 1.b.

Prototype 1.b.

Final Prototype 2.a.

Final Prototype 2.a.

Prototype 2.a.

Prototype 2.a.

Final Prototype 2.b

Prototype 2.b

Prototype 2.b.

Prototype 2.b.

Final Prototype 2.c.

Final Prototype 2.c.

Prototype 2.c.

Prototype 2.c.

Prototype 2.c.

Prototype 2.c.

Analyzing Prototype 1.a.

Analyzing Prototype 1.a.

Ideating

Ideating

Equipment for Mobile Lab

Equipment for Mobile Lab

The final idea for the prototype is to have a trolley the four different compartments.It would be approximately 800 mm tall, 513 mm wide, and 390 mm broad (adjustable height, maximum of 3.5 feet tall)
Acrylic for the compartments, (slide out like drawers with a sturdy locking mechanism)
Maximum weight load of the full compartments would be 12 kilograms
Aluminium (light but strong): for the trolley framework, open on 1 side of 6
All-terrain 5 inch diameter, 2 inch thick wheels – 2 swivel, 2 fixed
Brakes/gears and locking mechanism for the wheels
This is a rough 3D drawing of the prototype:
Side view

Side view

In perspective

In perspective

Front view

Front view

front right side top
Biosensor module

Biosensor module

Water sampling module

Water sampling module

Electronics/Microscopy Module

Electronics/Microscopy Module

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