Category: 3D Illustration

Lights Out Ashtray
July 3, 2012

Eggcrate pattern + Ashtray = Form + Function.  While the undulating peaks and valleys lend a unique, yet familiar appearance, it primarily serves to safely extinguish the smoldering cherry of a cigarette. The convoluted interior surface is scaled to that of a cigarette so that when a butt is pushed into the ashtray, the cherry is suffocated as it gets pressed into a depression.  No more lingering burning cherries.   Once satisfied with the...

Egg Speakers
November 22, 2010

Giant egg?  Check.  Neoprene sack?  Check.  Induction charging dock? Check.  These are space age speakers. This luxury speaker unit combines the practicality of a portable sound system and striking modern design to create the antithesis to the boom box.  From the cord trap/ ipod cup, to the dense rubber ring on the underside of the sack, to the CNC'd buttons, to the countersunk jack terminals, there are details for such a simple form....

A decade ago: 3D Ice Cream Illustrations
November 13, 2010

I've been using 3D graphic programs professionally since 1999. As a recent graduate from School of Communication Art (now known as Living Arts College)  in Raleigh, I went back to Sweden to work for two very large production houses within the printed media industry. This gave me the opportunity to work on some great accounts. The Hemglass account was a personal favorite for many reasons. I loved ice cream as a child and knew the Hemglass ice...

Daniel Uppling: Zbrush Exercise
November 12, 2010

  One of the perks of working with The Product Farm is that we have a handful of talented collaborators working with us : Designers, 3D Artists, Sculptors, Animators, Illustrators and Programmers - throw a challenge at us and we have the talent to handle the job. Daniel Uppling is a former class mate of mine from Tumba Graphics Centre, 20 minutes south of Stockholm, Sweden. We've shared a whole lot of excitement about 3D graphics and art and...

Surf Approved : Better Wax Comb
September 11, 2010

Wax combs are a necessary product for surfers.  They are tools used to scrape old wax from a surfboard so that fresh layer can be applied.  We were asked to design a quality item to be given away at a major surfing competition that attendees would actually keep.  We thought instead of just giving a novelty gift, why not give them something useful that would further strengthen the brand as a leader in the market.  We came to the wax comb bottle...

Wind Powered Lantern
July 28, 2010

Being born and raised in Sweden (one of the most northern countries in Europe) our summer days are very long and sometimes everlasting. They call Sweden "The Land of the Midnight Sun" and certain parts of Sweden never see darkness during the summer. But that does not mean we get a lot of sun. Fluffy blankets of ever-lasting clouds often covers the country, making solar technologies less efficient. Surrounded by the Atlantic ocean in the east and...

Awesome and realistic 3D Physics Engine
July 22, 2010

A physics engine is computer 3D software that provides an approximate simulation of certain simple physical systems. This video shows one of the most realistic engines I've ever seen. It's called Lagoa Multiphysics 1.0 and was created by Thiago Costa and essentially simulates real-life physics in a completely realistic way. This demo shows a piece of charcoal breaking and spreading as it hits the...

Reminder Pocket Pill Case
July 21, 2010

Its a busy world out there.  Things to do, people to see.  And you don't always remember to take your pills.  Or in the case of your grandma, she just plain forgets.  This unique pill case was designed for that very reason.  It features a programmable alarm built into the cover to remind you to take your meds.  To access the medicine, simply push the release button on the underside and slide the case out.  The living hinge of the lids are...

Flameless Rechargable USB Lighter
July 19, 2010

Nathan Gabriele is one of our design collaborators here at The Product Farm - and also the designer behind our Stand Up Stapler. Besides creating beautiful products for KitchenAid at his day job, Nathan always got something new up his sleeve. This unique USB rechargeable cigarette lighter has received a lot of attention around the web. In lieu of lighter fluid and a flint, this lighter uses resistance coils to create heat. It’s the same technology...

Bringing back forgotten engineering from the 50's
July 13, 2010

The initial idea of our unique utility strength stand up stapler came when I visited a neighborhood yard sale. I found a "hand vice stapler", commonly used in industrial settings, dry cleaners etc. The interesting thing about them to me was the hinge location. A normal stapler has a hinge at the furthest end from the staple mechanism, while the hand vice staplers hinge is more centered. We based our concept around this in an effort to make our...