Innovation project in cooperation with FESTOOL / 2009-2010 / teamwork with Tobias Hauff
Amongst carpenters, FESTOOL products are appreciated for their high quality and sophisticated functionality. In search of new innovative product concepts for this company, the project started with an extensive fieldwork. During research in a carpenter's workshop we came across a very basic, yet clever home-made tool, which served as inspiration for VAC PAD.
The VAC PAD is an extension to the classical workbench: A small, basic version of a vacuum table, operated by a simple vacuum cleaner, available in every workshop. It helps to fix small or sensitive parts in a fast and gentle way, for example for surface finishings. Instead of clamping it in a vice jaw, a workpiece is simply placed on the small fields of the VAC PAD surface. Elastic push buttons activate the vacuum in the specific areas, fastening the piece on the surface. This specially developed technical solution minimizes the loss of suctioning energy. The VAC PAD follows the corporate design of the FESTOOL products.