"CuttingEdge" was a Sophomore level project where I worked with a group of classmates to design a set of hand tools that create a common design language and branding.
Each team member was assigned to choose and redesign a tool.
I decided on designing a new coping saw.
After studying existing coping saws, I found two main problems to solve; usability and ergonomics.
I aimed to improve ergonomics by designing a unique ergonomic shape that favored both rotary motions as well as grip for the pull-stroke when using the saw. To solve the issues with ease-of-use, I added a cam-lever and crown gear system, which drastically improved usability.
For the prototype, the handle and gears were 3D printed with ABS then painted, while the frame was cut from 18 gauge steel.