Mobile Transforming Blind
The goal of this project was to redesign a rough vision of a product intended to transform the hunting industry. A provided prototype utilized an off the shelf hinged ladder and aluminum piping structure to transform the prototype into five different configurations. By attaching different outer aluminum members, folding the ladder, and attaching wheels, the product could be covered by canvas for use as a laydown blind, single-person sit-down blind, three-person bench blind, game hauler, or ladder for tree stand access. Currently, the market offers different products for each of these functions; the sponsor's objective was to produce a single product that could be used for all five configurations mentioned above. Because the early design was bulky, heavy, and cumbersome to assemble, our primary focus was to analyze consumer assembly methods and create a proprietary base platform. The major shortcomings that lead the team to redesign the base were non-level seat when in bench blind configuration, failure where modifications had been made to the stock base, and the fact the ladder was being used for a purpose that it wasn’t designed for, which makes failure of components unpredictable. Designing a custom base also will reduce the manufacturing cost and remove the concern of the off the shelf product being redesigned or discontinued. To complete project all attaching members were redesigned with quick-release joints for easy, user-friendly setup and breakdown.
Bokides, Christopher; Roberts, Zane; Khaliki, Yalda; and Compton, David, "Mobile Transforming Blind" (2014). College of Engineering Presentations. 53.