The Viability of Digital and Rapid Prototyping in Enhancing Ceramics Product Development

The Viability of Digital and Rapid Prototyping in Enhancing Ceramics Product Development

Olalere Folasayo Enoch (Faculty of Creative Technology & Heritage, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK), Kota Bharu, Malaysia) and Ab Aziz Bin Shuaib (Faculty of Creative Technology & Heritage, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK), Kota Bharu, Malaysia)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 24
DOI: 10.4018/ijacdt.2013070103
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Abstract

This research practically investigates on how to reduce development time, development cost and also improve prototype quality in ceramic production. The researcher used an experimental approach, by first investigating and analysing the conventional method used by ceramics manufacturers in product development. This was achieved with several visits to three ceramic factories in Kelantan, Malaysia. After which a digital method was developed by introducing computer-aided design (CAD) into three stages in development process. In order to test the viability of the CAD introduced, the digital method was used to develop prototypes of ceramic products selected from the three ceramic factories. Finally, a comparison was done between conventional and digital method based on development time, development cost and prototype quality. This reveals that digital method can successfully reduce development time and improve prototype quality in ceramic product development process. However, the comparison also reveals that digital method is more expensive than the conventional method used by the factories in ceramic product development.
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Prototyping

Prototyping is a fundamental design initiation which involves the construction of working models of conceived products for mass production (Adelabu & Kashim, 2010). A prototype is the first or original example of product that has been or will be copied or developed; it is a model or preliminary version (Chua & Leong, 2003). According to Soegaard (2010), a prototype is often used as part of product design process to allow engineers and designers the ability to explore design alternatives, test theories and confirm performances prior to starting production of a new product. For example, some prototypes are used to confirm and verify consumer interest in a proposed design whereas other prototypes will attempt to verify the performance or suitability of a specific design. Prototypes are also used to revise design for the purpose of reducing cost through optimizations and refinement.

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