Snapden is having a lot of fun creating the new Evolution Photo Booth, and we wanted to give you a behind the scenes look into How It’s Made. Part 1 of this segment will focus on the creation of the front skin (or the front of Evolution’s head). In our world, beautifully formed parts are created using Vacuum forming. First, a “tool” is built that is the exact shape we want out of the final part. Once the tool is created, it is put into a Vacuum Forming machine, which in essence heats up a large sheet of plastic and pulls it over the tool.
Once the sheet of plastic takes on the form of the tool, it is removed and cooled. It remains a solid piece of material until it is trimmed, and at this point all of the edges are removed and holes are cut for things like monitors and cameras. For the Evolution, we chose a specific type of plastic that is not only super durable, but also beautiful and smooth to the touch.
One we formed and trimmed the first parts, time came to choose colors. The first color we chose was Matt Black, which we applied with vinyl (the same type used on cars). It is quite the challenge applying vinyl with the types of curves the Evolution has, which is why we were so excited with the end result.
What would a Snapden photo booth be without beautiful LED lighting. Getting an end result we were happy with took some time, but after designing brackets that followed the smooth curves of the Evolution’s side profile, we got exactly what we were looking for. Sheesh – New product design is exhausting… Even for the shop dog!
Since the Evolution Photo Booth has two configurations, wall mount and free standing, the next step was to get it mounted on a wall. Our first test actually used a TV stand, but the end result showed how cool it is going to turn out. Another exciting thing we did just this week is experiment with different, custom vinyl colors. We got a unit wrapped in Carbon Fiber and it looks bad to the bone!