INTRODUCTION Why We Prototype

Behind every successful product design is a story of numerous refinements and much hard work. The fact is that the transformation of an idea into a real product takes a great deal of work, involving more than simply creating pictures on the computer. Product design is a complex activity, which involves working with other people and disciplines, coming up with creative and useful ideas (that hopefully are also sustainable), and slugging through all the iterations of making something work and look good at the same time. One method that has always been used by designers, and continues to be embraced, is that of physical prototyping. The primary message of this book is that building and testing in 3D is a continuing ...

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