Nik Miclette | Industrial Designer
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Flux Wrist Guard

 
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The Flux Wrist Guard is inspired by the active lifestyles of snowboarders. Through the design of situationally rigid splints the guard allows riders extended ranges of motion for aerial maneuvers, while still providing crucial protection during falls. The Flux’s bold styling seeks to reinvent the way snowboarders view wrist protection by treating it as a fashion statement and not just a protective garment.

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Based on my research insights I decided to explore the concept of "situational rigidity." I felt that this would solve discomfort caused by rigid splint designs. Situational rigidity was explored through the combination of kerfing and foam patterning.  The colorful and graphic patterns explored within my sketches aim at promoting confidence and appealing to snowboard youth. When you look good you feel good!

 

After much exploration the final concept wrist guard was created with "situational rigidity" as its main feature.  This concept would allow the wrist guard to become rigid during impact, but remain flexible outside of impact scenarios.

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Prototyping various ways of achieving situational rigidity was done through soft goods prototyping and 3D printing. 3D printing splint prototypes allowed for stress tests to be performed during the testing phase of each prototype. 

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In-context Photography of the final prototype

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