Model and Prototyping
Model-making is an essential, integral part of the product design process. Carelli Design maintains a model-making workshop on-site, as well as a variety of outsource specialists for a specific requirement. Model-making provides means for evaluation, concept integrity, considerations visual and functional, as well as the ergonomic merits of a design proposal.
We create the following types of models:
RAPID PROTOTYPING—SLA, SLS, or CNC prototyping is an essential means to generate models directly from our engineering data. Once formed, the parts are often finished in detail by hand according to the specific type of model required.
ERGONOMIC MODELS AND FULL-SIZE ASSEMBLIES—range in size from a computer mouse to a full-sized vehicle. In many cases, a full-size example is the only valid means to evaluate how the public will receive and interact with the proposed design.
VISUALLY ACCURATE MODELS—usually only partly functioning, but offering all of the visual aesthetic details, and finished with such realism that the public may not be able to distinguish it from the eventual final product. Visual models are often used for further research analysis, focus and marketing groups, as well as early product photography.
SCALE MODELS—while a full-size model provides comprehensive feedback on a final design, it is often too time consuming and expensive to employ as a mid-development checkpoint. For this reason, we often create half-size or fifth-scale scaled models that are easier to transport, recreate or duplicate.
WORKING PROTOTYPES—when the physical interfaces of a design are the critical elements requiring evaluation, and review is mandatory. Working prototypes often look rudimentary, but provide very accurate information as to how the user will adapt to the product, and how well the product’s physical attributes hold up.
The Process of Innovation