DRYL is a portable, hand-powered drill with detachable drill bits and a magnetic nesting bed. This device is a speculative object designed for a post-apocalyptic future where basic, highly-functional hand tools have replaced digital devices as the most valued and sought-after consumer products. 

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DRYL is a modernist take on the traditional iron gimlet. It's elongated handle and enables the user to hold with both hands as opposed to one, and torque from the shoulder instead of the wrist, allowing for much greater force to be used with a diminished danger of wrist injury. Further, the radiused, rectilinear body follows the faceted shape of a closed hand, creating a more secure grip than the traditional cylindrical handle.


When in use, long-reach drill bits can be locked into place via a perpindicular slot in the center of the body. Users can then torque with either one or two hands.

When not in use, up to 2 bits can be housed in channels on either side of the body, with inlaid magnets keeping the iron bits firmly in place.


The project process was essentially an act of distillation and focusing on the most crucial aspects of the drill. A great deal of prototyping was done around surfacing and proportions, with a concentration on how to achieve the most secure grip will maintaining the most straightforward design.

Further, this object needed to communicate its use simply, without instructions or demonstration. DRYL needed to be picked up by anyone, no matter the age, language, or skill level, and immediately be usable in the new, apocolyptic world it had been designed for. 

Drilling as a means of either repair or fastening objects is a crucial part of construction and manipulating the built environment. Simultaneously, the action of a drill is very difficult to replicate with any other tool, making a drill both vital and non-expendable in a post-apocalyptic world. 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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