Winswin Limited Winswin Limited-I.dummy Innovative Fitting System
At Design Interviews
Interview with Winswin Limited Winswin Limited : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Winswin Limited Winswin Limited : The i.Dummy project was conceived 5 years ago by Dr. Chan Chee Kooi, Allan of the Institute of Textiles & Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. This was done as dummies are vitally used in the fashion industry for design and fitting and they are often available in single size and shape. Even when they are billed as a certain size, their shape and physical profiles can be variedly different. Coupled with various differences of many ethnicities, the finding of a dummy that can adequately represent the “person” has remains difficult. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Winswin Limited Winswin Limited : The main focus is to design and develop a robotic mannequin that can mimic bodily profiles of different sizes of dummies for the global fashion industry. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Winswin Limited Winswin Limited : The future plan is to propagate the technology and knowhow to other mannequin designs such as the male figure lower body, plus-sizes, and even children’s i.Dummies. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Winswin Limited Winswin Limited : It was conceived years ago, but the parts were not suitable then. This successful invention saw light after 4 years of dedicated research. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Winswin Limited Winswin Limited : It was in a pursuit of an inspiration and to prove the concept works. It worked! .Frank Scott: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?. Winswin Limited Winswin Limited : The design is licensed for production and sales to a start-up company. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. Winswin Limited Winswin Limited : I have been a practitioner in the fashion industry for 30 years and I know many of the fixed sized dummies are not correct and costly too. .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. Winswin Limited Winswin Limited : Not really. .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. Winswin Limited Winswin Limited : The target customers are Designers, Buying Office, Trading Offices, Factories and Retailers, anyone working in the Fashion supply Chain who has to do apparel fitting. .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. Winswin Limited Winswin Limited : It is totally adjustable, unlike those in the market which are fixed. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. Winswin Limited Winswin Limited : Various options came about, names mostly. However, since the mannequin is called “dummy” in the industry, naturally, the addition of an “i” will signify its “intelligence” and "interactiveness". .Frank Scott: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?. Winswin Limited Winswin Limited : Solidworks and CAD software. .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. Winswin Limited Winswin Limited : Despite its change in sizes, it still looks like the everyday lady? .Frank Scott: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?. Winswin Limited Winswin Limited : Yes, skills in mechatronics and software programming .Frank Scott: What is the role of technology in this particular design?. Winswin Limited Winswin Limited : It drives dimension changes, produces panel designs that culminated into an invention of an entire new product. .Frank Scott: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?. Winswin Limited Winswin Limited : Anthropometric studies and size systems of national standards, scanned images of 3D scanners bought from third party together with those from our 3D scanner laboratory .Frank Scott: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?. Winswin Limited Winswin Limited : Getting the right person with the required expertise to work is most difficult, and once getting him, he may not know the ins and outs of the apparel industry in particular to the fit of clothing. The machining of mechanical parts is also challenging with countless modification along the way. .Frank Scott: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?. Winswin Limited Winswin Limited : Good design has to be shared and made known to the world. An international design competition as a springboard can do this. .Frank Scott: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?. Winswin Limited Winswin Limited : Concept is one thing, realization is another. There are many unseen or un-thought off problems that can happen now and then, so it was learning along the way. The experience is good and future work will be less troublesome, because the lessons learned becomes valuable. .Frank Scott: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?. Winswin Limited Winswin Limited : Funding is an important element of any research. I got turned down a good number of times, even one cited, “it will never work”. He/she was wrong! .
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