Step 3: Testing
Testing is the most important step. At Craft Crate we pride ourselves on designing a product that is as close to perfect as we can create. It begins with a single sample which is cut using our laser cutter, more fondly known as Betty. We then make the product and check if all the pieces slide into each other.
Often, changes are required to ensure once each piece slides in, they do not come out too easily. Other improvements such as balance and stability are also monitored, as seen with our basketball hoop design. Alterations were needed as the initial design was unstable and continuously fell forward.
Using his CAD software, Brad fixed this issue, however, we noticed the rim was now too small which made scoring with a ping pong ball extremely difficult. Another alteration was made, resulting in lengthened supports for the base which created maximum stability and also used more of the sample sheet, reducing the amount of offcuts which would be otherwise wasted.
A fun fact discovered during our research was that a basketball hoop is exactly twice the diameter of a basketball. Unfortunately these measurements were not feasible due to the size of our design, however following these iterations and like all our products, we aimed to be as perfect as possible.