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I have chosen to inkjet print into the substrate (MDF) to create the desired patterns, Prints and images. This is a process that is becoming more and more common in the production of personalised gifts and objects. However, to test whether this process will indeed work for what I want I will need to travel to Edinburgh to a factory with the relevant machinery.
As the factory have never printed on the MDF I am seeking I have finished the material with toe finishes. I then sent this to the factory so they could test which one was more successful so I could prepare the wood depending on the results.
One of the biggest challenges with designing my final design has been to allow it to evolve with the consumer and adapt to their changing needs and preferences. However, research showed that even though individuals claim not be following trends the micro and macro trends that are born quite commonly find their way into the high street.
A trend that has been picked up within furniture design most recently has been noted at the ICFF which a repeat appearance of Gold and Brass. Whether it be a small finish or bold section the two metallic finishes are everywhere!
How does this affect my design?
Well, in terms of being able to adapt to the changing trends it could be quite difficult to change whole panels (drop leaf panel) into gold or brass. For this reason could the connector or handle be manufactured in such a material in reaction to this change?
My final prototype is finally up and on four legs. Although it has taken quite a lot of time it has helped me to make important decisions. It has also been vital in learning the process behind creating my final model.
I have had a lot of success but also a lot of fails/problems with making this model which has made it a huge learning curve.