DRYL is a reinterpretation of the classic hand drill with detachable drill bits, magnetic nesting channels, and an ergonomic form factor. This speculative object is designed for a post-apocalyptic future where the fall of digital services necessitate human-powered devices for survival. 

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Context: School of Visual Arts, 3D Product Design course, Tools for the Apocalypse project


DRYL’s elongated handle enables users to grip with both hands and torque from the shoulder instead of the wrist, improving ease of use. Its faceted form mimics the inside of a closed hand, creating a more secure grip than common rounded tool handles.


When in use, long-reach drill bits can be locked into place via a perpendicular slot in the center of the body. Bits are housed in magnetic channels on either side of the body.


Drilling as a means of either repair or fastening objects is a crucial part of construction and manipulating the built environment. This drill has an elongated shape, allowing the user to torque with both hands and use the shoulders and arms to power the motion as opposed to the traditional short hand drill which relies on the weaker and more injury-prone forearm muscles and wrist movements.

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