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  • Modular approach to designing 3D printed products: custom HCI design and fabrication of functional prod-ucts

Phillips, Robert ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0743-6064, Tooze, James ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8416-4760, Smith, Paul and Baurley, Sharon ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1760-759X, 2021, Conference or Workshop, Modular approach to designing 3D printed products: custom HCI design and fabrication of functional prod-ucts at International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction HCII 2021: HCI in Mobility, Transport, and Automotive Systems, Washington DC, USA, 24-29 Jul 2021.

Abstract or Description:

Alongside bringing about new ways to make products, additive manufacturing (commonly referred to as 3d printing) opens up new ways to design them. This article explores a speculative model and vision between HCI and Industrial design, where the use of modular and modifiable ‘CAD’ parts coupled with intelligent systems could be used within lay user/retail settings to enable non-designers to create custom functional objects, with limit prior knowledge. Leading to design outputs that can be fabricated by on-site and on-demand additive manufacturing technologies. This article reports on a design workshop where cycling enthusiasts, supported by industrial designers, utilised, configured and modified a range of ‘CAD parts’ to create custom-made functional objects for additive manufacture. The study findings indicate the practicalities and challenges of implementing an ‘HCI system’ for the production of novel functional objects by novice designers, and signposts further investigation.

The article yields value to HCI researchers through design-led opportunities, based on technological review and workshop insights; developing sustainable, resilient and independent manufacture. The combination of digital manufacture, design opportunity and intelligent HCI systems offer; new HCI models, distribution, design file access, standards compliance, unique Intellectual Property and building functioning customised parts. The (current) Covid-19 context, reaffirms the researches study offering new and agile opportunities that HCI principles can support and build from. The article makes recommendations, forming a design-led HCI software ‘blueprint’. Including guidelines on: part design, their interoperability, the design to production process, and embedding expertise and failure limitation within this process.

Official URL: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-03...
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies
Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W240 Industrial/Product Design
Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W280 Interactive and Electronic Design
School or Centre: School of Design
Funders: EPSRC [EP/G065802/1]
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-78224-5_43
Uncontrolled Keywords: HCI roadmap; User-designers; Digital manufacturing; On-demand; Modularity
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2021 17:10
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2021 15:28
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/4724
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