Have you ever been on-the-go and found yourself with a dying phone battery but no phone charger? If so, CradL could have been your solution!
What is CradL?
CradL is a slim, portable wireless phone-charger designed for those who are constantly on-the-go. With CradL, a user can easily
- Fold out the metal prongs on the back of CradL,
- plug CradL into a nearby standard US wall outlet,
- slide your phone into the sleeve on CradL and start CHARGING!
“CradL was designed for easy storage & mobility”
With most newer phone models supporting wireless charging, CradL just makes sense for those who are always on the go. You can simply slide CradL into your backpack or purse for easy storage & mobility. When that moment comes that you realize you need to charge your phone and you left your spare cable at home, you can just reach for CradL.
How CradL Was Developed
CradL was designed by our team at 3DXtremes and went through several rounds of iteration & prototyping before being finalized. Here's a quick look at the development process:
Step 1: Concept Development & Sketching
We started by creating a couple different sketches of form & shape options that we thought might be worth exploring. From there, we finalized on a particular design style and moved into Step 2.
Step 2: Electronics Sourcing, Assembly & Testing
Step 3: V1 CAD Model Creation & Rendering
During Step 3, we created the first CAD model design files for CradL based on the electronics we had assembled & tested. Using those CAD models, we were able to create the first 3D renderings of CradL. These 3D renderings allow for us to have a better sense of what CradL might look like once it's produced in the real world.
Step 4: Prototype Fabrication
During this step, we fabricated a first physical prototype of CradL using an FDM 3D printing process. After each part was 3D printed, we assembled these components and sanded them to ensure a proper fit-check could be performed with the electronics assembly. When we attempted to integrate the electronics assembly into these 3D printed parts, we noticed there were a few fitting issues that we needed to resolve. While these weren't major, it was important that we resolved these before fabricating our next prototype. We also took the opportunity to go ahead and test other mechanical functions of CradL, such as the prongs flipping outward and the sleeve holding the phone at a suitable angle. These tests also helped us discover additional adjustments that could be made to the product design to increase reliability and user experience.
Step 5: CAD Model Adjustment & Re-Rendering
Using the findings from the prior step, we were able to quickly make the necessary changes to the CAD model designs for CradL. After these were complete, we were able to produce a new physical prototype (this time with SLA 3D printing for increased accuracy of each part) and integrate the electronics assembly successfully.
BOOM! CradL Is Finished!
Just like that, CradL has gone from an idea to a real tangible & working product that can be physically showcased to family, friends and potential investors! While the steps above may seem simple, each takes quite a bit of time and expertise.
What It Took To Develop CradL
In total, it took over ___ days of work to fully develop CradL and to achieve a final working prototype. With that being said,