Using Material Exploration and Model-Making as an Approach for the Development of Concepts in Design Project Courses

DS 74: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education (E&PDE12) Design Education for Future Wellbeing, Antwerp, Belguim, 06-07.9.2012

Year: 2012
Editor: Lyndon Buck, Geert Frateur, William Ion, Chris McMahon, Chris Baelus, Guido De Grande, Stijn Verwulgen
Author: Pati, Luis Fernando
Series: E&PDE
Institution: Eafit University, Colombia
Section: Design/Make interface
Page(s): 636-641
ISBN: 978-1-904670-36-0


One of the most used methodologies for project development in engineering consists of starting with a market necessity, developing a concept, materializing it, and designing details in order to enter the productive phase. These stages go in hand with the selection of materials, which is done at the end of the design process phase. However, in some cases selecting the material at the beginning of the process can be a source of innovation in product development. This paper describes a methodology used in “Project II”, a first-year Product Design Engineering (PDE) course at Universidad EAFIT in which students initially select and explore non-conventional materials for furniture and then, through scaled models, develop concepts, culminating in a final product. This exploration helps students approach materials intuitively, develop their own creativity and boost their learning process of the creation and development of new product concepts.

Keywords: Material exploration, design methodology, rocking chairs, model making, design concepts


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