cunning mechanical product engineering
Technical product development with a solid foundation in precision engineering and a flare for mechanical ingenuity.
The client was interested in starting up a sports brand and recognising the value of skipping as a form of exercise, wanted to launch with a skipping rope. The question posed was:
What makes a good skipping rope?
The following conclusions were arrived at with extensive and detailed testing:
The bearing surface should be consistent but not completely smooth. The feel of “zzz” or “ssh” when spinning helps to communicate the speed of the rope.
The handle should be light weight and rigid to aid the transmission of vibrations.
The length of the rope should be easily adjustable because small changes can feel quite different.
Subtle surface texture promotes confidence in grip and awareness of shifts in grip.
Handle geometry is of less importance; shorter gives better feedback and longer gives better control.
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