Prototyping and Modelmaking for Product Design

By Bjarki Hallgrimsson

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  • Paperback
  • 300 colour illustrations
  • 192 pages
  • 280 x 216
  • ISBN 9781856698764
  • Published September 2012

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 Design 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.

About the Author

Bjarki Hallgrimsson is a practising product development consultant and an Associate Professor at the School of Industrial Design, Carleton University, Ottawa.

Customer Reviews

The ultimate reference book Review by Yves Béhar
'This book provides designers of all abilities with a complete guide to the processes needed to achieve any industrial design. I have learned these techniques over 3 decades; now they’re all available in this ultimate reference book'
Yves Béhar, founder Fuseproject (Posted on 12/17/12)
A great introduction Review by Paul Backett
'A great introduction to the model making process for students and educators, and a timely reminder of the value prototyping still has to our craft.'
Paul Backett, Industrial Design Director, Ziba Design, Inc. (Posted on 12/17/12)

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1 Characteristics of Prototyping

2 How Prototypes Are Used

3 Prototyping Interactive Electronic Products


4 Principles and Choices for Modelmaking

5 Health and Safety

6 Space and Setup

7 Workflow

8 Tools

9 Adhesives and Fillers

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

19 Graphics

20 Softgoods