Improving Usability and Manufacturability: Rethinking the DreamCell™
REVERIE is a leading sleep technology company, manufacturing adjustable foundations and latex/ foam mattresses. Founded in 2003, REVERIE operates facilities in Michigan, New York and Taiwan, where production, sales, marketing, distribution, customer service, and research and development take place.
Students on this project team will redesign the current DreamCell sleep system. The team will address both the process a customer uses to customize their bed set-up, and the product itself, including design, material selection, and manufacturability.
In redesigning the product, students might consider and include the use of new materials. PU (Polyurethane), Viscoelastic (memory), and latex are the most common types of foam currently used in mattress but there are many elastic materials which have very similar properties. Students are encouraged to research new materials having properties and feeling similar to foam but can lead to improvements in functional, material cost, or manufacturability.
More Information: 2017-Reverie
How to Apply
- Skill level All levels
- Students 5-7
- Likely Majors ARCH, A&D, MSE, ME
- Course Substitutions ME 490, Honors, A&D Elec
- IP & NDA Required? Yes
- Summer Opportunity Interview Guaranteed
Industrial Design (2 Students)
Product Design, Customer Value Proposition; Focus Groups; Developing Target User Personas
- Likely Majors: A&D, ARCH
Mechanical Product Design and Design for Manufacturability (3 Students)
Mechanical Design, Developing Customer Requirements, analysis and simulation, 3D prototyping skills. Design for Manufacturability
- Likely Majors: ME
Materials Development/Processing (2 students)
Functional Material Prosperities; testing and evaluation of materials
- Likely Majors: MSE
Faculty Mentor: Bruce Tharp
Associate Professor in Art & Design
Bruce is an Associate Professor in Art & Design, studied mechanical engineering at Bucknell University and graduated from Pratt Institute’s Master of Industrial Design program. He went on to receive a MA and PhD in sociocultural anthropology at the University of Chicago. Prior to the Stamps School of Art and Design, Bruce helped plan and build the Designed Objects graduate program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He most recently was the Director of Graduate Studies for the School of Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to teaching, Bruce worked in the contract furniture industry within Haworth’s think-tank—the Ideation group—helping to bridge the gap between research on the built environment and implementable design solutions.
Executive Sponsor Mentor: Martin Rawls-Meehan
Martin Rawls-Meehan is president and chief executive officer of REVERIE, a leading global manufacturer of adjustable beds, customized mattresses and pillows. Mr. Rawls-Meehan is focused on developing specialty sleep products that improve the way people sleep. He was one of the first in the industry to promote adjustable bed bases when he noticed a paradigm shift in the way people spent time in the bedroom. Through its collection of innovative adjustable bed bases that focus on promoting a healthy lifestyle, REVERIE has established a loyal base of health-conscious customers throughout the United States.
For More Information About This Sponsor, Visit Their Website (Reverie).