University of Oulu

An application supporting personal and team documentation of students’ design and prototyping processes in FabLab education context

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Author: Hossain, Nijar1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Computer Science
Format: ebook
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 1.9 MB)
Pages: 64
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Language: English
Published: Oulu : N. Hossain, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-06-30
Thesis type: Master's thesis (tech)
Tutor: Georgiev, Georgi
Reviewer: Gilman, Ekaterina
Georgiev, Georgi


Documentation is common practice in an integral part of a modern digital fabrication process while designing a prototype in Fab Lab. DIY and Maker communities are trying to share their documentation through the Fab Lab global networks. Sometimes, the users follow different ways to make their documentation, which has no straightforward interpretation for other users or communities. For designing a complex and original prototype, the users of FabLab often eradicate the challenging phases and forget to document the essential parts of the solutions that occur during the design process. Documentation tools figure out the best possible writing technique(s) that can be shared with the global fab Lab researchers. In designing the prototype, mobility becomes a factor for making the documentation tools more comfortable to the Fab Lab users as well as future researchers. Additionally, the time taken during the documentation process increases during the post-development phase of the prototype. In this work, we have introduced a new and upgraded version of the existing tool called “Protobooth Oulu app”, and expanded different features for documenting while doing the prototype designing technique for consuming less time and ensuring better mobility. This tool also presents and performs the existing guidelines for the Fab Lab Oulu users for creating, managing, and updating personal or team works. Connectivity between an instructor and a team will add useful features for developing the digital fabrication process(s) regarding the documentation practices in Fab Lab Oulu. Different types of scaling and ongoing project feedback are considered the best approach for making the documentation unique and distinguished from other works. Additionally, we also discussed new admin tools for fetching the different scaling data for future data visualization. Post-development in prototype designing research will ensure the advantage of generating and visualizing the data for predicting the analytical result. In this thesis, we also discussed the admin tools and its features for making rational decisions as to the uniqueness of the prototype designs.

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