Reviewing the first concepts with mock-ups, we discovered a fundamental handling criteria: the need to provide precise and even pressure on the thermoplastic dowel. This was difficult to achieve with a completely unsupported tool design (e.g. like a power drill).
Therefore, in a workshop together with EMD and Würth, the concept developed from a parallel translation to a pivoting movement based on three points (tripod) to give the tool a stable position for a precise application of dowels. The front point, where the sonotrode is located, is supported by a wider rear pivot foot at the base of the machine handle.
Because of this design, the machine can always be used parallel to the work surface. The rear foot is made of softer material, so the veneers of the honeycomb plates are not scratched by the pressure. Finally, it was important to make the case Würth-compliant. Designed in black with red controls, the device was realized according to guidelines of the client’s corporate identity, integrating the air vent and the profile of the buttons.