Attitudes towards 3D surface texture samples derived from consumer electronics

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2016
Paksoy, İsmail Yavuz
Inspired by current movements within product design, materials science, production and rapid prototyping technologies, this research explores 3D surface texturization for functional and hedonic product improvement. Developments in Rapid Prototyping and Additive Manufacturing technologies have made the exploration of 3D textures much easier. Designers can now benefit from 3D surface textures on products much more freely in their designs. A research is conducted to determine both the types of 3D surface textures used in current consumer products and what are the usage purposes of these qualities. The research was composed of three studies. The first study involves a survey of textures used on electrical consumer products, which are then classified and analyzed. Based on this analysis, nine types of textures were identified. In the second study, both CAD and Additive Manufacturing tools were explored for 3D surface texture generation capabilities. As a result, nine surface texture were manufactured to be utilized in Study 3. In the third study, these surface texture samples were explored with the Repertory Grid Technique among 30 participants for their both visual and tactual qualities. As a result, 300 elicited attitudes were gathered which were then processed into 17 personal constructs. The thesis finally discusses the implications of these constructs for 3D surface textures.