First, capture the idea…why not transform the travelers' experience using what they already were carrying with them—their standard roller luggage! Nearly 40 renderings, sketches and scratchings—not a piece of artwork among them—confirmed the concept and the journey had begun!
Next was bringing the notion to life…yes, in our basement using a hack saw, Super Glue and household materials to develop the proof of concept. And it worked! goDesk® could be strong, stable, hyper-light, and ultra functional…all while being fitted with standard off-the-shelf luggage. Ok, we’ve got something here!
The first breakthroughs came when we teamed with a major university, leveraging the priceless brainpower of more than 15 engineering students and graduate assistants, armed with out-of-the-box thinking that fueled advanced design options. Core elements, function and performance were all tested.
What came next were design iterations using an additive manufacturing approach, with computer-aided design software and advanced tools. Rapid prototyping using 3D printing enabled simplicity of design, efficiency of manufacture with optimum functionality.
Finally, now that we proved that goDesk® could be engineered, we needed to demonstrate we could make it! And would goDesk® deliver the strength and stability needed, would it hold up to usage patterns, withstand load and durability expectations…a resounding YES across the board!