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Barhoush, Y., Erichsen, J., Sjöman, H., Georgiev, G., & Steinert, M. (2019). Capturing Prototype Progress in Digital Fabrication Education. Proceedings of the Design Society: International Conference on Engineering Design, 1(1), 469-478. doi:10.1017/dsi.2019.50

Capturing prototype progress in digital fabrication education

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Author: Barhoush, Yazan A M1; Erichsen, Jørgen Falck2; Sjöman, Heikki2;
Organizations: 1University of Oulu
2Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Design Society, 2019
Publish Date: 2019-10-02


The early (pre-requirement) stages of product development can provide relevant insights into the creative design process. At these stages, the communication of ideas during the prototyping process can serve as a rich source for information. In this paper, we attempt to document physical prototypes generated during the design process. We describe the design and preliminary testing of Protobooth Oulu: a system that can be used for documenting the process of prototyping products through capturing process output ‘snapshots’ in time at the early stages of product development. Our primary motivation is to facilitate documentation and reflection from an educational perspective. We tested the system during a course on digital fabrication in a FabLab environment, where ten teams documented their coursework over the course of six weeks. Managing to capture prototypes over time, analysis of the captured data showed evolution and major changes in the prototypes. Such data can be used for understanding the process of prototyping and consequently provide means to improve prototype and overall creative performance. We outline a future Protobooth system in terms of functionality.

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Series: Proceedings of the Design Society. International Conference on Engineering Design
ISSN: 2220-4334
ISSN-E: 2220-4334
ISSN-L: 2220-4334
Pages: 469 - 478
DOI: 10.1017/dsi.2019.50
Host publication: Proceedings of the Design Society: International Conference on Engineering Design
Conference: International Conference on Engineering Design
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
222 Other engineering and technologies
520 Other social sciences
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