Designing For Extremes
Designer Chad Kirkpatrick started SVALT for the opportunity to explore extreme designs and create uncompromising best-in-class solutions for other design professionals like him. As a result, the SVALT Cooling Dock
is an exotic hyper-performance product belonging more to the world of art and luxury furnishings than to the world of mass-produced consumer electronics.
Design, prototyping, testing, raw material selection, manufacturing, quality control, assembly and fulfillment, every step of the process has been painstakingly considered and refined to produce a product of substance and quality. The first step in a lengthy and involved manufacturing process takes place several months before final assembly when a massive press pushes aerospace grade aluminum through a custom die to create the SVALT Cooling Dock cradle profile. The extrusions are then cut into sections and mounted onto a custom cell fixture by skilled technicians at one of the most advanced cell machining centers on the west coast. The parts are then precision cut to shape at up to 20,000 RPM with unmatchable levels of quality. The aluminum docks then go through a multi-step hand finishing process that took a year of refinement to achieve a finish with optimal texture, brightness, reflectivity and luster. The finished aluminum docks are then carefully hand assembled with twenty-five other parts, most of which are custom made in the Portland area. After assembly is complete, each Cooling Dock is tested, packaged and inspected by multiple people before shipping to customers.
SVALT is a local company that designs and manufactures it products in Portland, Oregon, USA metro area. Making a product like the SVALT Cooling Dock requires a large team with a diverse set of capabilities, and working locally allows Chad to connect directly with nearly the entire team in a single morning. This direct connection helps the team to know what they are making, why they are making it, and as a result feel a sense of attachment and commitment to the final product and to the customer. This direct connection extends to customer service, as Chad personally attends to all customer and outreach communications. This personal care and attention to detail results in a better product and better customer experience. It is our hope that by making the SVALT Cooling Dock locally and by treating people with respect and kindness, that we can do our part in helping society and the environment. Back to top of page