Brick Mug: 2011 - ThinkGeek
The brick construction mug came out of a conversation about trying to reproduce the success of the camera lens mug. I made several SolidWorks models trying to see how to best to place the building surfaces, but ultimately decided to design the mug as if it was built from real Lego pieces. I used the Lego Digital Designer software to re-create and double check my SolidWorks creation and then ordered 2 kits made of the design. Our manufacturing partners were very excited about this challenging project and over the course of MANY 3d model iterations we finally got the parts to work.
This is one of the few cases of instant success for a project, which sold like crazy as soon as we launched it :)

Build-On Brick Mug $19.99