edition

2012

title

Electric forklift

author

Gergő Kassai (HU)

e-mail

gergo.kassai@gmail.com

degree

B.A. project

school

University of West Hungary in Sopron

Institute of Applied Art

supervisor

Bánáti Gábor

The designer focused on purely practical problems – he was searching for optimal solutions to ensure the best parameters for a forklift, such as safety in use, height of lifting, and maneuverability. To achieve this aim he sought out new materials. For example, to increase safety he envisioned the use of layered materials for building the roof. The construction of the forklift was simplified and is composed of only three parts: cabin (which can be lifted up), frame, and counterbalance. The cabin guarantees better visibility and more freedom of movement for the operator through exchanging the pedals and steering wheel for two joysticks. A more ergonomic control panel has also been designed. The work reveals the designer’s fascination for mechanics, and his treatment of design as a tool to improve everyday living and working conditions.