The Trulok Grip Gauge is a hand-held pistol style measuring tool for aircraft fuselage assemblies. The tool transmits its data to a parent server via 2.4 GHZ when the user interfaces the depth gauge in a rivit hole. An engineer then has access to all the depth data. This makes tool makes the aircraft assembly process further streamlined. This tool is built only in short run on a 5 axis mill, thus cutting production times, and eliminating the cost of an injection mould. 100% of the parts are built in the USA.
I acted as industrial designer and ergonomics lead. The area of most concern was the handle and trigger area. Because many users would be handling this tool for extended periods of time, the gun had to be balanced and comfortable in-hand.
The exterior structure was built in Rhino 5 under T-Splines. All surfaces were exported as .STP's for assembly in NX 7.5, which worked perfectly. Much of the mechanical internals existed, and I modeled around that substructure.
The end product is something is like you'd see Batman using. But that's the idea, you need to make something cool looking that somebody wants to pick up.