Archive for February, 2012

The third time – MOU


Prof. Birgit Weller is not only here to prepare and discuss the content of the Indo - German - Joint Degree Universal Design Thinking Master with academics and the industry. Another reason for her stay at NID Bangalore and Ahmedabad is the extension of the existing MOU - the memorandum of understanding. The faculty from Hanover are very happy to sign the MOU per pro the Vice President of HH, Prof. Dr. Günter Hirth. Pradyumna Vyas Director of NID, signing the MOU was pleased about the fruitful cooperation in the research project and the Competence Center Universal Design Thinking. For the future a lot of more topics to develop a german-indian-design-collaboration has been discussed with him.


First experiences with Metal Rapid Prototyping by Indo German Tool Room (IGTR)

The basic form is adopted from the natural form. In this case, designer adopted the form of scorpion for his product. The recommended material or this product is Stainless steel. Because this product required high strength along with high corrosion resistance properties, as this product will be touch of water and humid atmosphere. Making a mockup prototype with conventional machining was an option but the shape was the limitation in this particular project. Thus, we decided to go for rapid prototyping.

Now in India, Institutions like NID, IIT has RPT facilities and Industry also offers serviced in this area. But nobody has In-house Metal Rapid prototyping services . This process is introduced by Indo German Tool Room (IGTR), Ahmadabad in India. Since Franklin Kristi, who is voluntarily involved in design detailing process studied from IGTR and currently working with NID has taken up this project further for metal prototyping. Even IGTR has not done any commercial/research based work on this machine, and they were also curious to take this project as start up event. Hence, this was the first project of metal RP in its kind, we faced lots of difficulties from the initial stage. We had to convert the 3D model in to various formats to stick to our dimensional parameters. During the conversion the model deformed (see fig 1.0). This requires some more work on 3D model.

We tried making the first RPT, which unfortunately scaled down automatically by 50% by the machine. The componene required 110 mm length and the output component was not having length more then 55mm.

After the first attempt we went for the other try and this time we got the better output. Still we are not satisfied with the surface finish, IGTR also assured us to make one more prototype of same design once they work out the technical difficulties resolved. Please see the images of final prototype in process.


Tim Krahmer, Student Designer; Exchange Program Universal Design Thinking NID–HH; University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Hannover- Germany
Franklin Kristi, Technical Consultancy from NID
Ketan Panchal, Prototyping Process-IGTR
Rapid Prototyping Machine: Concept Laser, laserCUSING® , Germany


Competence Center Universal Design Thinking at HTW

The establishment of the competence field “Universal Design Thinking” at the Berlin University in 2010 following a mandatory consequence of a research carried on for years and dealing with the issue. The National Institut of India, the Hochschule Hanover and the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin are researching together at the Competence Center Universal Design Thinking at HTW Berlin. The content of this cooperation is extremely fruitful and the exchange of students and graduates is very successful and rich of good results. V Ravishankar, NID and Birgit Weller, HH during her stay at NID have discussed the focus for the collaboration.



in prep. Indo-German Universal Design Thinking Program

Indo-German Universal Design Thinking Program at NID Bangalore, Hochschule Hanover, Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin: Start 2013


A responsible activity for a sustainable future, Universal Design is a philosophy and a way of democratic design thinking. It is about designing for everyone, takes into account human, gender, social & economic cultural diversity and differences. As an approach it looks into the needs of all with respect to usability and comprehensibility of day to day utilities and services panning diverse users from elderly to children, able to disabled in providing meaningful design solutions.

Knowing India, the ‘fitting to the existing’ habit of it’s people, issues such as populous congested spaces, literacy, migration, lifespan health, disabled population, Universal Design as a professional entity becomes pertinent.
Today with the growth of IT industry coupled with equally energetic manufacturing sector, the India centric global view the various business and design stakeholders in industry and the Government seem to be encouraged and aligned to develop the concept of contextual localized design of products and services usable by diverse population. This vision of progressive and contextual attitude towards designing for all can only be addressed and driven by a Universal Design Thinking and approach. The Universal Design approach by the industry would provide the much needed meaningful discriminators for their products and brands and eventually make good business sense for the future.

In view of this, the Universitys of Applied Sciences & Arts, Hochschule Hannover, Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin and the National Institute of Design in its continual process of evolving, innovating, adapting itself into the global scenario in design education and practice has joined hands with ideal partners to initiate research and start a Joint Master’s Program in Universal Design. All partners envision this program to create design professionals who will bridge the gap between thought and product, able and disabled, between privileged few and common mass , in few words, an ethically responsible and viable design for all. This is further to the setting up of the JRD Tata Universal Design Research Chair at NID which supports student and faculty led projects in core areas of present concern for a positive future impact.

The objective of this Joint Master’s program in UD is to develop professional human resource in Universal Design Thinking and Practices addressing ‘Diversity & Future’ in the India and European Context. It is to create professionals with competence in system level design development for public spaces, work spaces, products and services for diverse users with a universal design approach. The student mix will be multidisciplinary from Germany and India.

In this context NID R&D Campus in Bangalore has organised a Round Table 15th February 2012 to share and enrich the Master’s Program curriculum concept involving faculty members from Ahmedabad, Bangalore and external domain experts (e.g. Yahoo, HP, …)
Prof. Birgit Weller from HH, Hannover, Germany and V Ravishankar, Sr Faculty , NID R&D Campus Bangalore in cooperation with Prof. Katrin Hinz HTW, Berlin for the last two years have been working on Joint Master Program design and have prepared the blueprint to get started.

The curriculum will be research intensive with students working on projects spectrum of products, spaces and services related to core areas of immediate concern which would have positive future impact.