Released as high-end consumer tools, the Turtle Wax buffers and vacuum cleaner were designed with contemporary automotive styling and functional usability. The vacuum boasts power available in uprights but is portable enough to stay in the car.
With more than 20 products jointly developed, Carrand Companies and Pinion Engineering provided designs for multiple consumer brands including Turtle Wax, Turtle Wax ICE, Mr. Clean, Juice jumper cables and Hoppy.
The suite of Turtle Wax products ranged from foaming carpet cleaner applicators to vacuums. The trio of vacuum, 6” and 10” orbital polishers were optimized for ergonomics, aesthetic design and minimizing production material. In addition, the project was on an abbreviated schedule not permitting prototypes prior to tooling. The product saw success with minimal to zero changes for mass production. CAD directly to tooling!
The vacuum utilized CAD from the advanced surfacing extension of ProEngineer. The orbital polishers were created with standard surfacing elements available in ProEngineer – Pinion’s preferred practice.
Design challenges included:
1) Fast time to market with no prototypes.
2) Advanced design and surfacing while simplifying assembly for level of manufacturing sophistication.