T-Minus is an annual event for Industrial Designers at R.I.T. Groups of five are assembled with one freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, and graduate student. There is a different sponsor each year that we design for. In 2016 my group and I designed a cat fountain for the company Modko. In 2017 we designed a bench for Gonandagan park in New York.
This event is a great experience because it requires a lot of communication between designers of all skill levels. You also get a chance to work directly with company executives (your clients). The result each year is a ready to manufacture design.
Our design for a cat fountain. Most cats like to drink from flowing water so this fountain has a waterfall run by an internal motor. The design also features easily cleanable parts.
Our design for a bench inspired by Native American culture. Model is 3D printed.