The Pipette Company is a specialist manufacturer and supplier of high quality pipettes and microtools for in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures such as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), embryo biopsy and assisted hatching, that increase the possibility of conception for thousands of couples around the world.
The Pipettes are manufactured from 1mm diameter hollow glass drawn out to tips .005 mm (the thickness of a hair) in an ultra clean facility based in the University of Adelaide research and commerce precinct. The microscopic needles are then packaged, shipped interstate and sterilized with gamma radiation, tested and returned to Thebarton. They are then distributed by normal couriers and postal services all over the world.
Andrew Rogers Industrial Design was asked to design a suitable container to package and protect the delicate glass pipettes on their journey, allowing them to arrive at their final destination anywhere in the world, safe, clean and ready for use.
Andrew Rogers Industrial Design specialises in designing ergonomic and economic solutions for practical applications in the modern world. ARID's base at the research and commerce precinct takes an idea, designs, prototypes and manufactures the solution in one defined path, allowing it a rare focus and attention to detail. ARID takes pride in creating aesthetic, functional products for important applications.
ARID designed a colour coded, single part injection moulded polyethylene container that safely supports and protects the fragile pipette during all stages of sterilization and transport. The single piece uses minimal material, the polyethylene is recyclable after use.
Designed tooling coordinated the tooling and now supply the parts and conduct quality control audits to ensure the cleanest and highest quality parts possible.
The collaboration between The Pipette Company and Andrew Rogers Industrial Design has created a striking and innovative solution to an important need, resulting in a real improvement to the quality of many people's lives.