CLEAR EAR

Clear Ear develops novel products that help fight the number one cause of hearing loss and hearing-aid failure worldwide – cerumen (a.k.a. ear wax).  They recently finalized a funding campaign to produce the next iteration of their TEC-Home ear cleaning system and needed an appearance model to help support marketing and usability studies.  I worked at modifying the solid models, printed rapid prototyped parts and then sanded, filled and painted them to look as a production version of the TEC-Home would.

Facilitating discussions and marketing opportunities with a top-notch appearance model.

DEVELOPMENT PROCESS

ClearEar Prototype Development Process

MODEL PREPARATION

To save cost, the parts were built using the Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) process, which is more cost-effective than other forms of rapid prototyping, but does not have the same resolution as other forms of rapid prototyping.  The surface requires a lot more physical labor to fill and sand until smooth enough to paint.  Gloss paint is especially tricky, as any little imperfection will be magnified due to light bouncing off the surface.

Clear Ear FDM Rapid Prototype Parts

Clear Ear Prototype Build

Clear Ear Prototype Build Workbench

Bondo FDM Rapid Prototype Model

Bond Caked FDM Model

Paint Matching Rapid Prototyped Model

COMPLETED APPEARANCE MODEL

Paints were color-matched and applied in multiple thin layers then sealed with clear-coat to better protect the model.  I next sanded and wet-sanded the SLA-printed reservoir to turn it completely transparent.  Adding on the vinyl decals was the finishing touch.

Completed Appearance Model

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Appearance Model

Before and After

PRODUCT RENDERING

Stylized renders were created to showcase the product in an ideal, clean setting.

Clear Ear Product Rendering

Clear Ear Prodct Rendering

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