Most of the products around us are made industrially. Although I am a big fan of craftsmanship I believe our world sometimes just needs products to be made industrially. To make the products produceable for machines they need a 3D file which is designed and drawn on the computer. Usually this is done entirely computer based. Products are starting to look the same and a personal details are lost. I wanted to make a technical product by hand but still produceable for the industry. I did this combining old techniques & crafts with new technologies such special software and 3D scanning.
I took a normal plug and a power socket. Usually these things haven't got any value. If for instance an electronic device doesn't work anymore the plug is also thrown away, even though it still works perfectly fine. I wanted to give the plug more value and make it less disposable, so when a electronic device is broken you disconnect the plug instead of throwing it away.
Whilst working on this project, I also thought of a new kind of plug: the sharing plug. The sharing plug is especially designed for products that are always plugged in such as a television, a fridge, a radio, lights etc. These products always keep the socket occupied. The sharing plug is a plug which allows you to connect other electronics on it. It shares the power with another plug, no splitters needed. The sharing plug can't stack in itself so you don't have to worry about using to much power on one socket .If you need a power socket straight away and there aren't any free ones, just plug it in the sharing plug! Now you still have to connect it yourself, but I would love to see it if companies attach this plug at there product(which are always plugged in) as the standard.
Using the sharing plug
Some extra information
The socket and the plug
I started off by making a lot of different models and variaties. With this information I made the final models. Instead of designing them on the computer I made them completely by hand, after that I scanned the models in 3D and put them on the computer. I edited them, drew the technics inside and made the dimensions universal. Right now the file is 3D readable and usable for the industry. I used this file to make the final models in 3D. Now, they are made from rubber which gives them a soft feeling, allows the plug to bend in the direction of the cable and fits perfectly around cables with a 3 - 8 mm diameter.