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Industrial Design Materials Experience Laboratory Realization Project

Uzun, Cemile Nil
Okursoy, Mehmet Erçin
In materials education for industrial design there is a trend towards providing students with access to physical material and product samples. The fundamental reason is for students to experience a wide variety of product materials first-hand through observation and touch, complementing more traditional ways of learning the subject (e.g. via lectures, books, data sheets, and the Internet). The Materials Experience Lab will be a unique specialist resource centre within METU Department of Industrial Design, dedicated to the teaching and learning of materials and design through state-of-the-art experiential means. Phase 1 (Feasibility) was carried out under BAP-08-11-2012-105. This current proposal is to implement the creation of the laboratory, under Phase 2 (Realization).