A study of the effectiveness of adapting Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) in industrial design process / Firdaus Zawawi

Zawawi, Firdaus (2005) A study of the effectiveness of adapting Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) in industrial design process / Firdaus Zawawi. Masters thesis, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM).


The principal objective of this study is to assist Industrial Designers to improve the
quality of prototype and design process through the recommendation of guidelines
from an industrial design perspective. The approach adopted in this research was a
study of the process of producing prototypes using different FDM machines by three
selected organisations. Two phases of data collection were employed in this study:
literature search and review (Phase One) and case study (Phase Two). Case studies
included semi-structured interviews with senior staff directly involve in industrial
design process. With this, a set of detailed descriptions of effectiveness of adapting
FDM in industrial design process were obtained. FDM machines were chosen for
comparison because at present it is one of the successful technologies to produce a
prototype, representing with non-toxic materials, easy to process, simple, accurate
and fast. The case studies focus on six important factors derived from Peschges
(1999) research: 1) Preciseness, 2) Surface Quality, 3) Cost Corridor, 4) Time, 5)
Suitability for Geometry and 6) Practical Features. The findings showed that they
produced durable prototype, which are smooth surfaced and complete layer, thin
layer, with cost savings and reduce build time, as well as wide suitability for
geometry, practical features achieved by improving surface quality through sanding,
polishing and painting the prototype. This thesis concludes that FDM machine model
Quantum is the best machine to fulfil the requirements of quality prototype produced.
Finally, it is hoped that this research will benefit any individuals or organizations
involved in industrial design process.


Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
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Zawawi, Firdaus
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Thesis advisor
Ibrahim, Marzuki
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NC Drawing. Design. IIlustration > Study and teaching > Theory of design
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Faculty of Art and Design
Programme: Master of Art
Keywords: Industrial Designers, prototype, design process, industrial design, fused deposition modelling
Date: 2005
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/3660
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