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MANUFACTURING PRODUCTS AND REDUCING WASTE - 2
USING AN ACCURATE TEMPLATE

V. Ryan 2009

 

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  When a product is manufactured, inevitably there is some waste. This is usually in the form of excess material. Good design and planning should lead to this waste being kept to the absolute minimum.
For example, the unusual looking DVD holder seen opposite.

The sides are manufactured from PINE, with dowel rod joining both.
STAGE ONE: An aluminiun template is used to draw round the shape. It can be used many times to help produce a high number of sides, depending on the number of DVD storage units being manufactured.
The holes to be drilled later are also marked out using the template.
  STAGE TWO: The shape is cut by hand using a fretsaw. This allows accurate cutting and shaping.
 
 
 
The production of waste material has been kept to a minimum by using an accurate template. This has been designed to fit precisely in position, filling the rectangular shape of MDF. When the pattern is drawn round the template on to the MDF, only a small amount of MDF will become waste. Using a template reduces waste and saves valuable time.
A good designer and production manager would look at this design again. They may decide that the design of DVD holder is too wasteful of valuable materials. It may be possible to develop a new design that reduces waste even further.
QUESTION;
Draw a new design for the MDF side that reduces waste even further and yet looks stylish.
 
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