CSIRO has developed a technology that generates potable water from ambient air, using metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). They want to design a machine that embodies this technology, to capture the imagination and interests of potential investors.

CSIRO website

My role

Concept development · CAD modelling · Design for manufacture


  • As the core technology was developed simultaneously as the design, some details were only refined when scientific data became available.
  • Hard deadline
  • Fabrication is constrained by budget and available facilities.


Communication is key. I learned to present ideas in a clear compelling way, and developed a “language” to communicate with the science team. Be flexible and adapt design changes.

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