Mitto, Latin for ‘trickle’, was an eight month long project that I recently completed as a final graduation project. It is meant to be the culmination of the various courses I have taken over the length of my degree. My team of five decided to challenge ourselves by producing a highly physical product with no digital aspect so that our focus would be entirely on the object itself. Mitto is a water catchment and filtration system that is meant to be used in remote areas. A collection system (either rain, snow, river, or fog based) brings water into the filter module, rendering it potable before storing it in the reservoir beneath. The system is highly portable and modular.
My role on the team was design and fabrication. I designed and constructed our first two prototypes using SolidWorks and a laser cutter, along with a variety of other pieces that were sewn or cast. I was given off-the-shelf plumbing components and had to model them so that I could then design the other pieces around them. This resulted in the initial design of 26 pieces and the redesign of those pieces based on user feedback to a current total of 48 interlocking parts. The final prototype was 3D printed using ABS plastic to more closely replicate a production version. Six pieces lock together in varying configurations to allow for the catchment and filtration of water in numerous contexts. We conducted extensive user studies that were alternated with rapid prototyping sessions to ensure that our design met the goals of numerous users and contexts.
Mitto was profiled on USA Today for Earth Day in an article on green technology. You can view the article here. Please visit mitto.ca for more information and for experience videos.