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Prototyping and Modelmaking for Product Design

Book Description

Building prototypes and models is an essential component of any design activity. Modern product development is a multi-disciplinary effort that relies on prototyping in order to explore new ideas and test them sufficiently before they become actual products.

Prototyping and Modelmaking for Product Designers illustrates how prototypes are used to help designers understand problems better, explore more imaginative solutions, investigate human interaction more fully and test functionality so as to de-risk the design process. Following an introduction on the purpose of prototyping, specific materials, tools and techniques are examined in detail, with step-by-step tutorials and industry examples of real and successful products illustrating how prototypes are used to help solve design problems. Workflow is also discussed, using a mixture of hands on and digital tools.

A comprehensive modern prototyping approach is crucial to making informed design decisions, and forms a strategic part of a successful designer's toolkit.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction
  6. Prototyping
    1. 1. Characteristics of Prototyping
      1. — Case Study Folding Hairdryer
      2. — Case Study Candela Luau
      3. — Case Study Motion Computing J3400 Tablet
    2. 2. How Prototypes Are Used
      1. — Case Study Chair_ONE and Myto
      2. — Case Study ECOtality Blink Line of Electric Vehicle Chargers
      3. — Case Study Xoran Portable xCAT Scanner
      4. — Case Study Tana Water Bar
    3. 3. Prototyping Interactive Electronic Products
      1. — Case Study Kurio Interactive Museum Guide
  7. Modelmaking
    1. 4. Principles and Choices for Modelmaking
    2. 5. Health and Safety
    3. 6. Space and Setup
    4. 7. Workflow
    5. 8. Tools
      1. — Basic Hand Tools
      2. — Power Tools and Machine Shop Tools
      3. — Rapid Prototyping
      4. — CNC Machining and Laser Cutting
    6. 9. Adhesives and Fillers
      1. — Tutorial Additive Modeling with Adhesives and Filler
    7. 10. Paper
      1. — Tutorial Bread Toaster
    8. 11. Foamcore
      1. — Tutorial Train Ticket Kiosk
    9. 12. Polystyrene Foam
      1. — Tutorial Children’s Walkie-Talkie
    10. 13. Thermoplastic Sheet and Extruded Shapes
      1. — Case Study Adaptive Ski System
      2. — Tutorial Barbecue Utensil
    11. 14. Polyurethane Modeling Board
      1. — Tutorial Game Controller
    12. 15. Wood
      1. — Case Study Leaning Clothes Rack in Wiggle Board
    13. 16. Modeling Clay
      1. — Case Study Olme Spyder
      2. — Tutorial Clay Helmet
    14. 17. Casting
      1. — Case Study Casting Comic Figures
      2. — Case Study Elastomeric Wristband
    15. 18. Painting: More than an Afterthought
      1. — Tutorial 3D Printer Part
    16. 19. Graphics: Labels and Decals
      1. — Tutorial Walkie-Talkie
    17. 20. Softgoods: Sewn Textile Products
      1. — Case Study Kite-Surfing Glove
  8. Glossary
  9. Resources
  10. Index
  11. Picture credits
  12. Acknowledgments