A study of the effectiveness of adapting fused deposition modelling (FDM) in industrial design process / Firdaus Zawawi and Marzuki Ibrahim

Zawawi, Firdaus and Ibrahim, Marzuki (2006) A study of the effectiveness of adapting fused deposition modelling (FDM) in industrial design process / Firdaus Zawawi and Marzuki Ibrahim. In: Volume No. 1: Science and Technology, 30 – 31 May 2006, Swiss Garden Resort & Spa Kuantan, Pahang.


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 involved 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 research 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: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Zawawi, Firdaus
Ibrahim, Marzuki
Subjects: T Technology > TS Manufactures > Production management. Operations management > Prototypes, Engineering
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Pahang > Jengka Campus
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings Of The National Seminar On Science, Technology And Social Sciences
Event Title: Volume No. 1: Science and Technology
Event Dates: 30 – 31 May 2006
Page Range: pp. 571-577
Keywords: Industrial design process, prototyping, fused deposition modelling
Date: 2006
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/81837
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