Industrial Designer Uses 3D-Printed Legs to Turn Discarded Buckets Into Rolling Stools

“I was extremely curious about how to solve various common problems using standard materials,” writes Industrial designer Manuel Golub, who’s based in Argentina. “I used to collect discarded materials to reuse, which allowed me to make mistakes and gain experience without having to buy them.”

Golub came across a dumpster outside of a building renovation in Mar del Plata. Among the finds were joint compound buckets, which had a feature that called out to him: “I chose one of the constructive resolutions of the injection-molded bucket, specifically the ribs on the top where a hermetic seal and the handle anchor are placed. These ribs are highly resistant and provide structural strength to the bucket in that area.”

With the goal of turning these discarded buckets into rolling stools, Golub designed two-piece legs that could sandwich the bucket, register against the ribs and be joined with two M6 Allen screws. The Tachoseat was born.

“With the first prototype, I was able to draw initial conclusions. It was necessary to make some structural adjustments, such as moving the pivot axis of the wheels outside the outer face of the bucket. This change generates better stability and solidity in movement.”

“As a final product, the tachoseat allows the user to move effortlessly in all directions through space. During testing, I found it to be particularly useful for navigating within my studio-workshop.”

“Regarding aesthetics, different models could be created by changing the colors of the standard bucket or the 3D printed [legs].”

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