LOOKS LIKE BUT DOES IT FEEL LIKE? INVESTIGATING THE INFLUENCE OF MASS PROPERTIES ON USER PERCEPTIONS OF RAPID PROTOTYPES

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Abstract

Prototyping is a key part of the design process, with artefacts increasingly fabricated using 3D printing methods. However, these printed parts often lack internal structure and the mass properties of the artefact – mass, balance and moments of inertia – differ from the design. It is hypothesised that a stakeholder’s assessment of a design is affected by this misrepresentation. The work presented demonstrates that mass properties have a significant effect on stakeholder perception of prototypes. This is done through a study of University of Bristol students and consultation with industry.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Design Society: DESIGN Conference
PublisherCambridge University Press
ChapterHuman Behaviour and Design
Pages1425-1434
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2020

Keywords

  • Prototyping
  • 3D printing
  • Rapid prototyping
  • design tool
  • User experience

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