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9. Early Design

The early stages of the industrial design included a conceptual stage during which storyboards, computer models, and rapid prototypes gave a first impression of the product. At the time of machining and assembly of electronic components, the design changed many times over. This can be clearly seen when comparing the initial rapid prototype and the final design. Not only are legs and arms differently proportioned, but many additional artifacts can be seen on the final design that have not been included in the rapid prototype, such as the flexible tubing, gas springs, and even the types of joints. The continual design changes were evaluated and refined for aesthetics, form, and function throughout the design. While this prolonged the overall design and assembly period, it was necessary to keep the quality of design and functionality at a high standard.

Figure 1.63: Storyboard
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Figure 1.64: 3D Model of first design
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Figure 1.65: 3D Model of first design
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Figure 1.66: 3D Model of first design
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Figure 1.67: 3D Model of first design in an office environment
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