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WHY MAKE A MODEL ?

V. Ryan 2001 - 2011

 
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It is always a good idea to make models of your ideas, before deciding on the final design. Models can be computer generated or manufactured by hand, to a scale. This will help you determine whether your idea is going to work or needs modifying. A model allows you to test your solution quickly and cheaply. You could ask your client / customer if the design is what they are looking for?

Imagine the time and money that would be wasted, if a car manufacturer designed and manufactured a new car, without showing a model to potential customers and before a production line was setup. If the car was not popular or was found to have faults, hundreds of millions of pounds would be lost.

The proportions of the product, its functionality, aesthetics and even materials, can be assessed / evaluated by manufacturing an actual model or by producing a CAD model. A model can be used by a focus group or as part of a survey of potential clients, to discuss their views.

 

TESTING YOUR DESIGNS

 
A Model of a Rocking Chair: It is just as important for you to make models and test your ideas on your client / customer. You could make several simple models (perhaps from card) early in the project and ask potential customers which one they like best. This could be presented as a questionnaire (see earlier information sheet).

What will happen if a person leans back in the chair ?

What is the advantage of making this model chair before making the full size version ?

 
 
 
 

The danger becomes apparent when watching the animation showing the chair being tested.

This could have been avoided if a scaled model had been made and tested.

1. Describe the nature of the danger / potential accident, as seen in the design of rocky chair shown above.
 
 
 
2. Explain how would you solve the problem you described in question 1 ? You can alter the existing drawing or add a new drawing / drawings, as your answer. Add notes / labels to help explain your solution.
 
 
 
EXISTING DESIGN
NOTES
 
 
 
 
 
 
3A. Describe a model you have made.
 
 
 
 
3B. Was making the model a useful process? Explain your answer.
 
 
 
 
3C. Did you make alterations to your design due to testing your model? Describe the alterations.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Making a Model - Introduction
Modelling Materials - 1
Modelling Materials - 2
 
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