Electro Mechanical Product Design

The product was launched in early 2015, and has enjoyed strong sales globally

The Background

Chameleon Studios are well established in the tattoo equipment supply industry. When the time came to develop their own equipment, the hunt was on to find a Product Design Company with expertise in electro mechanical product design.

Chameleon Studios had researched and approached several Product Design specialists. After an initial body of conceptual work was completed, 4D were appointed as designers for the development of the new brands flagship tattoo machine, the Sabre.


The Design Phase

We initially received a design brief which covered several technical improvements over existing rotary tattoo machines, along with the requirement to create a visually distinctive product.

Conceptual design work was developed and presented to the client at key intervals, allowing for review and feedback until we had selected a preferred design to take to prototype.

Then followed an intensive body of design engineering and 3D CAD, building all the intricate elements needed to realise such a small and precise product.

Tattoo machines use small but powerful motors to drive a reciprocating action at around 10,000rpm. The mechanical system needs to be very well balanced and robust to handle the loads placed on it.

We tested DC motors from many manufacturers, eventually selecting a Maxon unit as it was found to have the best stall torque characteristics, a useful feature for a tattoo artist as they constantly vary the pressure applied to the skin by the needle, depending on tattoo position and type.

4D Products supplied a range of working prototypes, which went out on test with professional tattoo artists. When the design was approved, we then moved onto the manufacturing process, which 4D managed from quotation to inspection of production parts.


The Result

The process of testing and refinement helped to create a finished product which has a range innovative and unique feature within the tattoo industry. The product was launched in early 2015, and has enjoyed strong sales globally.

Sabre recently exhibited the machine at the International London Tattoo Convention, receiving great feedback and securing more distribution channels.

As a follow on to the design process, 4D Products also delivers the assembly of the Sabre machine.

We have also been awarded new commissions to develop 3 new products for the Sabre range, watch this space for further news…


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