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Product Design by Paul Rodgers, Alex Milton

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Modeling

Product design is a three-dimensional discipline, and while the immediacy of marker renderings and the visual gloss and ease of CAD offer huge possibilities, it is essential that designers model their concepts physically and test them in the real world.

Design models serve a variety of purposes. They can be used as part of the design development process, enabling designers to visualize their two-dimensional designs three-dimensionally. This allows them to check the functionality, usability, ergonomics, proportion, and form of concepts and then develop the concepts further as required. Models also help a designer to convey his or her designs to others in a design team or as a final representation of a design to a client. They can be used ...

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