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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, 2020, Journal Article, Modular approach to designing 3D printed products: custom HCI design and fabrication of functional prod-ucts HCI, TBC (TBC). TBC. ISSN TBC (Submitted)

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 set-tings to enable non-designers to create custom functional objects, with lim-it prior knowledge. Leading to design outputs that can be fabricated by on-site and on-demand additive manufacturing technologies. This article re-ports 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 (cur-rent) 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.

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: EP/G065802/1
Identification Number or DOI: TBC
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2021 17:10
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2021 17:10
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/4724
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