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April 30, 2015
3D printing, as we have noted before, has an inestimable amount of potential for so many people from the hobbyist/tinkerer up to the large enterprise and corporation. With the advances in technology even at the consumer-level, it can provide a means for someone with knowledge and skills to design or invent their own product which improves on existing choices. Thus is the case with our next interviewee, Jenan Kazim, who decided he could build a better mousetrap (or in this case, a better umbrella). Kazim, who himself has a background in aeronautical engineering, saw in the umbrella a good design, but one that was inherently flawed. As anyone who has ever tried to get into a car or a crowded bus with an umbrella or even come in from the rain knows, the design of the umbrella now means that you either get yourself wet, the umbrella leaks onto the floor, or both. Now, thanks to Mr. Kazim, he has found a way to eliminate those annoyances. With some reverse engineering, he developed a way for an umbrella, the KAZbrella more specifically, to close in on itself, as well as to open in narrow spaces. Currently in the midst of Kickstarter campaign where they are seeking to raise roughly $38,000 (and when we last checked they were almost there with 31 days to go). More information can be found on their website, too: kazbrella.comWords, however, do not do this adaptation justice, here’s a video that illustrates the concept much better:
The interview was conducted via email, and the transcript is here below.
1) What is it from your background in engineering, do you think, that enabled you invent this umbrella?
2) How long did it take to come up with the idea? When did you have your "AHA" moment, as they say?
3) Is this the first time you have invented something to market? If not, what else has there been?
4) What gave you the idea for the KAZbrella in the first place?
5) How have 3D printing and 3D design played a role in its development? Are you 3D printing some of the parts needed?
6) If so, what are type of printer and software are you using, and what type of printer filament?
7) How many versions of prototypes of the umbrella have you produced to this point?
8) Are you and your family currently using the KAZbrella yourselves, or are the prototypes not ready to be used in the real world as of yet?
9) What have you done to combat issues experienced with a normal umbrella like being blown inside out? Does the design limit the possibility of this happening?
10) Based on the design of the umbrella, will you be able to easily alter the size down to a much more portable one that can fit in a small bag or purse, and one as big as the popular "golf umbrella" size that can accommodate multiple people underneath?