Industrial design: egg pants
March 6, 2007 § Leave a comment
I am more and more interested in industrial design and try to study as much as possible the covers of this area of creative work. I don’t need yet to go deep in the field as I need to have an overview and know the connecting points among related areas.
Today my web research revealed these little objects created by Lizz Kinnmark, an Industrial Design NY student, which are very cute and I really see them on my kitchen table.
The egg pants, as it is named, is an egg cup that adds joy to a sunny morning breakfast.
The pants are creatd with the dip-molding process, which the designer admits that has become obsessed with. Dip molding is a plastic manufacturing process whereby heated metal molds are immersed or “dipped” in a tank of liquid plastisol. The heat from the mold attracts the cool plastisol and the part is formed around the mold. The molds are extracted from the liquid and run through a baking process to cure the plastisol. From there, the parts are cooled and stripped from the molds in preparation for shipment or secondary operations.
Plastisol is the most common dip molding material. But latex, neoprene, urethane, and other materials are also used in dip molding.
Here is a picture of the egg pants which shows both the outside and inside views: