When Sabre had successfully launched their first tattoo machine, the X17, their mind then turned to expanding the brand to include a high quality Power Supply, which was to be designed and manufactured in the UK. 4D Products were commissioned to provide the custom enclosure design.
Enclosure Design – Power Supply Unit
Our design team quickly explored a wide range of ideas, looking at user interaction, aesthetics, and hygiene considerations. Concepts were regularly reviewed with the client to select a preferred design direction.
3D CAD Design
Our 3D CAD Designers created fully detailed parts and assemblies for the preferred manufacturing techniques. This product is a mix of injection moulded plastics and CNC machined aluminium. We worked with the electronic designers to agree PCB size and positions, supplying them with DXF files for PCB layout to assure a good fit would be achieved.
Prototype & Test
With a fully detailed 3D CAD model in place, we supplied CNC machined prototypes in full production materials and finishes. The whole product was then assembled and tested by 4D Products
We liaised with the supply chain in the UK to ensure that the final product remained true to the original design specifications.
The design is a mix of quality materials and finishes, which fits together to create a stylish look. The simple method of operation using a single rotational switch provides great tactile feedback and is very user friendly.
Anti-Microbial additive BioCote was used in the plastic parts to assist with hygiene. A single use clear plastic cover was also added to the adjustment dial, the main place where contamination can occur as the artist adjusts the settings mid tattoo.