Turtle Tongue is a buckle designed for outdoor equipment- I wanted something that was durable, easy to open(particularly when wearing gloves), easy to adjust, and rock solidunder load. The name has two main origins - I chose“turtle” because of the feeling of security when the buckle is fully fastened (like a turtle tucked in its shell), and “tongue” because the buckle looks like an open mouth with a extended tongue when the male component is first inserted.
PROCESSES + TOOLS
SolidWorks, HSMWorks, Haas VF1, Arburg ALLROUNDER injection molding machine
6061 Aluminum (molds), hardened steel (ejector pins),
Polypropylene (initial parts), ABS plastic (final parts)