2018 / Design For Society / Design for Environment / Professional

Flostem

  • Company
    3fd, United Kingdom
  • Lead Designer
    Austen Miller
  • Design Team
    Simon Willis
  • Project Link

FloSTEM has clever and intuitive engineering at its core. It measures a specified quantity of water using volume instead of time, to regulate consumption. An impeller rotates as water flows through, driving a specially designed fixed ratio gearbox that triggers the shut off mechanism when 45L has passed through from a shower and 90L from a hosepipe. An extraordinarily high gear ratio of 262000:1 was required in order to make the device viable. Comprising of over 30 pieces, it had to be made from WRAS approved materials, small enough to fit through a letterbox and low cost.

Bio
Companies go to 3fD when they want to turn their idea into a game-changing product in their category. Their talented team of product designers do this by combining an instinct for aesthetics and branding with the real application of engineering, science and manufacturing knowledge. Their dynamic turnkey ‘design and build’ service allows them to partner with clients across multiple industries from first concept and development through to box-delivered production of commercially savvy products.

Photo Credit: 3fd