SHAPING A NEW LEGACY

Walker and Co | Bevel Trimmer

Walker and Company, founded in 2013, set out to create the world’s most consumer-centric health and beauty products company. Focusing initially on the development of their flagship brand Bevel, Walker and Co. create products designed specifically with people of color in mind.
Following the successful launch of their Shaving Kit, Bevel turned its focus on delivering a trimmer built for comfort, precision and ease-of-use. Having worked diligently to create a beautifully designed product with experts in industrial design Bone & Black, the next step was to engineer the product given the challenging design and functionality requirements:  Extended battery life, steady motor speed, 360° non-slip handle and easy-to-clean waterproof blades. All of this would be housed in a crisp cornered metal device with precise angles, creating a beautifully sleek and contoured product.

Walker and Company, founded in 2013, set out to create the world’s most consumer-centric health and beauty products company. Focusing initially on the development of their flagship brand Bevel, Walker and Co. create products designed specifically with people of color in mind.
Following the successful launch of their Shaving Kit, Bevel turned its focus on delivering a trimmer built for comfort, precision and ease-of-use. Having worked diligently to create a beautifully designed product with experts in industrial design Bone & Black, the next step was to engineer the product given the challenging design and functionality requirements:  Extended battery life, steady motor speed, 360° non-slip handle and easy-to-clean waterproof blades. All of this would be housed in a crisp cornered metal device with precise angles, creating a beautifully sleek and contoured product.

THE CHALLENGE

The biggest challenge facing Walker and Company was preserving the industrial design integrity without compromising the intended functionality and performance. The nature of the design meant that space for the components – such as the motor and the battery – would be limited, and pose significant challenges to the manufacturing process. The ambitious product specification also put emphasis on the blade speed, blade operating temperature and heat of handheld body. Adding to the complexity was an ambitious product launch timeframe.

PCH LIME LAB SOLUTION

Walker and Co. needed the help of an experienced product development partner. PCH Lime Lab came to the project with not only highly skilled and experienced engineers, a strong record in sustainability and 20 years of manufacturing know-how, but a team who respects industrial design, and had rapid prototyping capabilities in San Francisco.

Selecting the best components and a custom designed blade, the PCH team built countless 3D printed models and machined numerous prototypes to iterate and prove the design with the component space requirements.

The trimmer had to be easy to hold, readily maneuverable and quickly adjustable for different trims, yet it had to fit a battery capable of running a motor for four hours without performance degradation, zero gap part transitions, and no visible fastener.

In addition, to ensure a seamless transition to mass-production, the team had to regularly travel to China during the testing and manufacturing phases to oversee the entire process, ensuring that the final trimmers preserved the industrial design and functioned properly – from Bone and Black industrial design through to scale manufacturing and fulfillment

PCH LIME LAB SOLUTION

Walker and Co. needed the help of an experienced product development partner. PCH Lime Lab came to the project with not only highly skilled and experienced engineers, a strong record in sustainability and 20 years of manufacturing know-how, but a team who respects industrial design, and had rapid prototyping capabilities in San Francisco.

Selecting the best components and a custom designed blade, the PCH team built countless 3D printed models and machined numerous prototypes to iterate and prove the design with the component space requirements.
The trimmer had to be easy to hold, readily maneuverable and quickly adjustable for different trims, yet it had to fit a battery capable of running a motor for four hours without performance degradation, zero gap part transitions, and no visible fastener.

In addition, to ensure a seamless transition to mass-production, the team had to regularly travel to China during the testing and manufacturing phases to oversee the entire process, ensuring that the final trimmers preserved the industrial design and functioned properly – from Black and Bone industrial design through to scale manufacturing and fulfillment

THE RESULT

From start to finish, user experience and industrial design were to be the foundation for this product. Through rigorous engineering and a defined process to eliminate risks, PCH Lime Lab took this concept through to scaled manufacturing within 12 months. This included ground up mechanical engineering, unique systems engineering solutions in electrical and firmware engineering. The PCH Lime Lab manufacturing integration team was responsible for the full transition into new product introduction including sourcing and quality control. With quality assurance checks completed at every vendor and on every incoming component, Walker and Co. were confident that the final product operated to the highest performance standards possible. Along with the engineering requirements, PCH Lime Lab never lost sight of the business requirements needed by Walker and Co. in their entry into this new market; our team managed design engineering development and the bill of materials from the beginning to insure the product met all the financial needs. Additionally, since its launch, the Walker and Co. Bevel trimmer has been a great success winning numerous awards.

Blade can be snapped on and off without tools for lubrication, adjustment and cleaning.

Unplated (left) and plated (right) rear housing.

At left is an early prototype with wires to allow external motor control and performance measurement.

The blade assembly went through many design iterations to achieve adjustability, cutting performance and easy assembly.