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.
PROTOTYPING 1 Characteristics of Prototyping 2 How Prototypes Are Used 3 Prototyping Interactive Electronic Products MODELMAKING 4 Principles and Choices for Modelmaking 5 Health and Safety 6 Space and Setup 7 Workflow 8 Tools 9 Adhesives and Filters 10 Paper 11 Foamcore 12 Polystyrene Foam 13 Thermoplastic Sheet and Extruded Shapes 14 Polyurethane Modeling Board 15 Wood 16 Modeling Clay 17 Casting 18 Painting: More than an Afterthought 19 Graphics: Labels and Decals 20 Softgoods: Sewn Textile Products Glossary Resources Index Acknowledgments Picture credits