KUBO-X Redesign

During my internship at KUBO last year I designed and produced a small series of computer enclosures. KUBO X’s main body was made of wood. This was because of two main reasons:

  1. The desired production number for the first version was very low with only 25 units for the first pilot project. Wood panels are cheap and with the help of a friendly supplier with the right machinery, I could make this work at a very low cost and have a good looking product.
  2. The KUBO team didn’t mind spending half a day of product finishing and assembling. Of course, there was beer and food…

In the end, I produced 80 units of the first version. Most of them have been installed in computer classes in The Gambia and are working fine. One year later there are promising prospects for scaling up. KUBO is now looking at production runs with a minimum of 100 units. Also, the team members rather spend their time coding, designing, and looking for more impact. So, I went back to the (digital) drawing table and came up with a redesign. The new model will be 3D printed (at first), has an assembly/finishing time which is only a small fraction of the first model, and will be so simple to assemble that it’s possible to leave this up to the client! The redesign also takes into account the design-guidelines for a next upscaling scenario where injection-molded enclosures become feasible. I just received a box from Zigg Zagg with the first 3D-printed prototype of the new KUBO X. A sneak peek: