Ellipse Coffee Machine 2012

Ellisse Coffee machine is a project developed during my bachelor in industrial design ISIA Florence, in collaboration with Ariete which is a famous and local Italian appliance company.
The goal was to innovate the design and functionality of the domestic coffee machine, with the chance of a possible production of the latter, among the same company.
The innovation that Ellisse brings, instead of a purely aesthetic improvement, is an improvement that concerns the number of the “parts” that make up the object itself. As a result, I considered it necessary to focus my attention on improving the economic, productive, strategic value of the object, and then focus on other aspects.
In fact I managed to reduce the pieces from 13-15 to 7 (gasket and third-party components excluded). Practically I designed the same object with half of the components, only studying and taking apart other coffee machines that are on the market.
In this way the production of Ellisse is less expensive therefore more convenient for the customer and the environment. All this only by changing the design of the object and condensing the components into a single part.
I decided to combine all the technical components: the water pump, the boiler, and the electronics, in a single container, or the central cylinder, compared to the classic coffee machines that have a specific piece for each of them.
The ellipse shape that supports the cylinder has the purpose of unloading the weight at a specific point, then balancing the structure, closing the object and preventing the coffee sketches from going anywhere; therefore it is easy to clean and more hygienic.
Another advantage is that the water is loaded in the upper front part where there is a special tank with a capacity of 1 liter. This makes the operation more convenient and simpler to check the level of water reached and therefore facilitates replacement.
Ellisse is made by only 7 elements in comparison to the 13-15 parts of the common coffee machines.
The linear process “water to coffee”, it consumes less energy compared to other systems where more power is needed to pump the water from the container below.