Workshop 'MADE in Querétaro'
New applications for pultrusion fiberglass.
Mexico, July 2004
In cooperation with IRVING-IKG industries
(manufacturer of industrial grids) and the Industrial Design program
at Tecnológico de Monterrey campus Querétaro (Mexico),
MADE developed the workshop "New applications for pultrusion fiberglass".
With a methodology implemented
by MADE, and coordinated by Jorge Moreno Arózqueta (director
of the ID program), 12 students worked intensively during three weeks
developing new ideas on products made out of the materials that IRVING
The results of the workshop were
highly satisfactory for all parties. In one hand, the academic goal
was achieved and students learned diverse new methods for the design
process, from ideation to prototype construction. In the other hand
the company IRVING, went home with a number of designs with great business
potential, practically ready for production not only in the urban furniture
field but in new market niches. And finally, MADE and Tecnológico
de Monterrey campus Querétaro established a collaboration link
between industry and academy.
The students worked in teams of 4 people and the
course ended with a presentation where they showed their projects to
managers from IRVING, directors from Tec. de Monterrey, press and guests.
Students presented 6 functional prototypes that they built with IRVING's
support: a lounge-seat, an individual stool for public areas, a magazine
holder, a grass-bench, a modular bench of 5 pieces and a rocking stool.
The pictures show samples of the workshop development: