Switch Pen

We developed a pen with a smooth and addictive magnetic clicking mechanism to enhance the writing experience.

Challenge

 

When SLIMDESIGN was tasked to design a new pen, we set the challenge of reinventing the traditional pen mechanism.

Approach

 

We wanted to the mechanism to be satisfying, playful, and semi-addictive. We began sketching slides, switches, and various other ideas to open the pen. From there, we 3d printed the most promising concepts and made small adjustments to optimize the mechanism.

Result

 

In addition to the new satisfying mechanism, we invented a new pen grip that gives the user the option to choose if they want to use the pen grip. The classic hexagonal design gives the pen a timeless experience.

We placed the switch on the side of the pen and the grip on only three sides of the hexagonal body, giving the user an option.

We prototyped a variety of mechanisms and tolerances before reaching a final design.

We prototyped a variety of mechanisms and tolerances before reaching a final design.

The mechanism uses magnets to achieve a satisfying “snap” when opening/closing the pen.

A philips screw cap holds the system together.

A philips screw cap holds the system together.

Sketch Away!

      

 

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Design & Innovation

 
Innovation is key for any business which wants to stay ahead of its competitors. When we cooperate, we see our self as part of your team. We provide our product development knowledge, expertise and network to make your project a success.