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MATERIALS

V. Ryan 2010

 

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You must show that you have considered materials and their properties when producing a design folder. The sheets below show how you could research materials producing a separate design sheet. However, with the concise version of the design process, you could add references to materials on ideas sheets or development sheets, later in the project and so avoid the detailed separate research sheet. This will save you a page of work and allow you to produce an extra sheet of ideas or development.

When researching materials, always refer to the product you are designing. Do not simply cut and paste lots of information about lots of materials. Only include materials that could be applied to the product you are designing.

 
SAMPLE LAY OUT FOR A MATERIALS RESEARCH SHEET
This could be the layout you adopt if you choose to produce a separate Materials Research Sheet
 
SAMPLE COMPLETED MATERIALS RESEARCH SHEET
This  is a sample materials research sheet. It has been compiled for a project concerned with the design and manufacture of a Rocking Chair. This is one way of presenting materials research, in a formal table.
 
 
 
ALTERNATIVE WAY OF PRESENTING MATERIALS RESEARCH
The materials research could be presented as a rich picture. This is a more interesting way of presenting information. Some designers find presenting materials information as a straightforward table as 'dry' and 'boring'.
 
 
 
 
CONSIDER PLACING INFORMATION REGARDING MATERIALS ON EITHER THE IDEAS SHEET OR DEVELOPMENT PAGES.
Presenting materials information on other design sheets such as a development sheet, will allow you to avoid producing a separate materials research sheet. Remember, the development section of the design process comes later. Do not forget to include materials information !
The red rings on the sample development page below, highlight where materials have been discussed. This is a development page for the design of a CD/DVD storage cabinet..
 
 
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