Experimental Making in Multidisciplinary Research

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For the past three years, Graham Whiteley has been using making in a project to develop a mechanical analogy for the human skeletal arm to inform the future development of prostheses and other artefacts. Other aspects of the work, such as the use of drawings and the use of a principled approach in the absence of concrete design goals, have been documented elsewhere; this paper concentrates on the central role of making in the process. It will discuss the role of making in multidisciplinary research: craft skills and resources appropriate to each stage of a practice-centred research project in this area, the use of models in an iterative experimental investigation, and the value of models in eliciting knowledge from a broad community of interested parties and experts.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/146069200789390088

Publication date: November 1, 2000

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