Stainless, the basics

The final assignment of the first year Industrial Product Design (IPO) at the The Hague University was to develop a stain remover. The goal was to use the design process that has been taught during the first year to develop a portable stain remover that meet the set requirements.

The design process can be divided in several phases. First there will be an investigative Analysis to get a better understanding of the product, the market and its usability. The result of this analysis is a list of criteria that the product needs to fulfill. Then the Idea Generation will start to find out in what ways these criteria can be fulfilled. During the Idea Definition Phase the most promising ideas will be developed up to a level that a final concept can be chosen. Now that a final decision has been made the Materialization begins in which the product will be further developed towards production. For a complete cycle two phases that cannot be trained in a class will follow, Production of the product and Back-end Service.

A stain remover is a fairly simple product, but there are many different kinds. The design process gives the possibility to search for the one that fits the bill.┬áMy design process let me to a stain remover that holds a soap reservoir with a dispensing roller and a roll of paper. The paper gets ‘soaked’ with soap and can be used to remove the stain. The stain remover is small enough to fit easily in the pocket of a briefcase or bag, but has enough volume to remove multiple stains.


As said, a stain remover is a fairly simple product. The complete design was finished within the project and a model was made to give me a early hand on. The renders were later created to strengthen the communication of the design. This project shows the start of my career as a product designer and what can be achieved and learned within a single year!


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The STM shoulder bag with in its pocket the stain remover.


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An semi exploded view of the stain remover.


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An exploded view of the stain remover.


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CAD models uploaded in 3D printing software.


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3D printing of the model. Glue is placed on thing layers of plaster.



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Digging out the model. A brush is needed to make sure the model does not break.


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The model of plaster and glue, which will be impregnated with epoxy to make it less fragile.
(The teachers told me I could play soccer with it when done, but no way I would allow them to prove it ;-))