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RAPID CO-CREATION CHALLENGE
Howest Industrial Design students are provided with materials and machines to respond live to a challenge to manufacture a product.
The Howest Industrial Design Center constantly monitors the accessibility and applicability of prototyping in the context of professional users. The challenge for the Howest Industrial Product Design students is to use responsive prototyping to arrive at a concrete solution. Advanced, rapidly adaptable prototyping techniques such as laser cutting and 3D printing will be linked in a light-hearted experiment with crude, low-end materials like cardboard, leather and textiles. The aim is to design a useful accessory for an electric bike, wheelchair, walker and a crutch. Students must do this only by using efficient combinations of the techniques and materials provided. In other words, the students must make ideas literally tangible!
Further background information in the HOWEST talk “Implementing responsive prototyping techniques to obtain user insights” (Ralph Nafzger and Lieven De Couvreur – Howest IDC) on Wednesday 8 November at 18hrs.