Formero 's various prototyping services played a major role in the development of Methven shower infusions system.
Methven, a leading designer and marketer of proprietary shower and tapware, recently launched an award winning shower infusions system which enables ordinary showers to be transformed into a personal home spa.
By attaching a patented infusion pod (chromed part) to an existing shower, the infusion is delivered into the flow. The system contains interchangeable cartridges, which currently comes in four scents.
Conceptually, Formero provided quality SLAs of the numerous iterations of both the aesthetic exteriors and the functional internals of the product. Once the prototype design was near completion, significant numbers of functional units were needed for life testing to validate the design prior to investing in production tooling.
Despite the very complex geometry of some of the components, Methven worked closely with Formero to successfully produce batches of PU cast parts that could withstand the temperatures and pressures of the tests over time.
Ultimately, with Formero's 3 batches of 20 units were put out into field trials, providing invaluable feedback that enabled Methven to refine the prototype design down to what is now the finished product.
On 16 October 2009 this innovative shower infusions system was awarded Gold at the Designers Institute of New Zealand Design Awards - Best Awards - for Product Design in the Consumer category.