Jewel for JUUL
This was a commissioned project for my client to proactively design and prototype accessory pieces for the JUUL brand e-cigarette. The intent of this project is solely to showcase physical prototyping, but in no way am I personally affiliated with or support the brand and its associated ties.
3D Print Shells
A structural shell allows for the required tight tolerance for the e-cig to slide effortlessly in and out, while providing
a surface for an external skin to be applied
via heat and pressure.
When precise dimensions are required to skin the shell, a pattern can first be drawn out on Illustrator, then laser cut.
Split leather to desired thickness
Rotary cut the leather
Soak leather in water, then roll out excess in towel
While damp, press the leather between 3D printed mold with clamps
Leave alone for at least 2 hours before removing
Let the formed leather air dry
Apply leather glue between layers
Final press the 2 sides between molds and a buck
Clamp the mold again and let set at least 12 hours
Remove piece from mold, and place on cutting jig
Trim the excess leather flange using X-acto knife
Add accent stitching, edge paint, or laser engravings