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For this month’s Deconstruction, Design Milk went behind the scenes with Pfeiffer Lab. Led by product designer Eric Pfeiffer, Pfeiffer Lab produces such modern classics because the brightly coloured plastic Tiki Stools and the spherical baby-sized Chalkboard Table with sunken chrome steel bin. They take us (nearly) to AMAC, a Petaluma, California-based mostly manufacturing firm, to point out us the manufacturing means of the Rhombins. Introduced this yr and designed by firm head Eric Pfeiffer together with Scot Herbst, it’s a modular, three-piece desk storage answer that may be organized in quite a few configurations.
The Rhombins are created from Cereplast, a plant-based mostly plastic that requires a one-ton chrome steel injection molding manufacturing device.
Here is a element shot of the injection molding software. Hose connectors cool off the molten plastic that finally varieties a completed Rhombin.
Inside of every cavity, textual content that seems on the underside of every Rhombin is shaped within the metal, however in reverse. On the correct, is the reflection of the textual content within the mirror polish of the chrome steel.
This shouldn’t be a flux capacitor! This a part of the device types the legs of the insert piece for every Rhombin.
Burly guys with burly forklifts transfer the instruments across the store and into the injection molding machines.
The Rhombins are made out of Cereplast, a corn-based mostly bioplastic. It arrives on the manufacturing unit within the type of pellets. They’re off-white earlier than being combined with shade focus.
Bioplastics, like Cereplast, are hydroscopic — they LOVE water. Injection molding… not a lot. Using a dryer, proven right here, almost all of the moisture is faraway from the fabric previous to molding.
The Rhombin device in movement, inside an injection molding machine. On the left, hoses flow into water within the molds to chill off the half.
Rhombins head down the conveyor belt for inspection and stacking.
This is the enterprise finish of an injection molding machine. This yellow motor powers a big screw that mixes and melts the Cereplast, which is delivered routinely by means of air-fed hoses into the highest of the machine.
The Rhombins after molding, prepared for packaging.
A label is rigorously positioned on every Rhombin that’s headed for a retail shelf.
Rhombins able to be boxed.
Rhombins are nested collectively, shrink wrapped, and ready for delivery to retail shops.
Into a field and out they go!
The finish (or starting).