The Top 5 constraints for my project will be:
- functionality and ease of use
I want to make something that, while it will be aesthetically pleasing, is functional and usable as a camera tripod. I want it to be able to be used as a lightweight tripod for backpacking, camping and climbing. Also this means I need to consider how a user would interact with the tripod, make it easy to make adjustments and easy to set up and pack up.
- Light weight
I want to avoid adding any extraneous weight to the tripod. This is mostly a functional concern, as heavy tripods are a pain to take to locations that I like to take photos.
I want the final product to look sleek and finished, with a swoopy, futurisic aesthetic. I think this will actually translate very well into both of my previous functional criteria.
I have to be able to actually make this product. I plan to design with the intention of using a 5 axis cnc to make my main part. This allows a large degree of creative freedom, but there are definitely some constraints I will need to work within.
- Cost effectiveness
I would like to only spend as much money is actually necessary to create this project. I won’t cut corners to reduce cost if it means sacrificing core parts of the design, but everything always needs to be a balance. For example, I won’t be making this project out of a solid chunk of titanium, even though that would be stronger and lighter.