Bill Ritchie-Diy Rembrandt Press Printing Press

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Interview with Bill Ritchie : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Bill Ritchie : Rembrandtshuis etching press .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Bill Ritchie : We wanted a working model, a miniature of a 17th Century etching press. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Bill Ritchie : We plan to incorporate the working model into a multimedia game. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Bill Ritchie : Eighteen months. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Bill Ritchie : The concept was an inspiration pursuant to a serious hybrid learning game. .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?. Bill Ritchie : We plan to develop the manufacturing and production concurrently with the game mechanic. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. Bill Ritchie : Our passion for educational games and toys related to the art and history of printmaking. .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. Bill Ritchie : No. .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. Bill Ritchie : Parents who seek educational and fun games related to art and technology. .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. Bill Ritchie : The multimedia aspect, our intent to make a toy the assembly of which develops transferable skills and, when assembled, merges into new technologies such as web-based activity. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. Bill Ritchie : "Wee" refers to the Anglo-Irish expression of something tiny, "Woodie" refers to the fact the press is almost entirely wood material, and "Rembrandt" refers to one of the stellar artists in history who used a press of the design - and the reconstructed and functioning press at Rembrandshuis Museum, the Netherlands. .Frank Scott: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?. Bill Ritchie : We used CNC routing machines and conventional wood shop tools, plus computer graphics software and laser printers. .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. Bill Ritchie : That it represents printing technology, education and design for mechanical self-replication .Frank Scott: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?. Bill Ritchie : As a team we collaborated, bringing our specialized skills in academic and mechanical engineering to bear on the design. .Frank Scott: What is the role of technology in this particular design?. Bill Ritchie : Technology will permit mass customization of the design and semi-automated production for the market. .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?. Bill Ritchie : Analysis included displaying the design in CNC demonstrations to wood workers and included families with children, giving them models to try out at home for extended periods. .Frank Scott: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?. Bill Ritchie : Finding the exact balance of mechanical limitations of the CNC router, software, and types of wood. .Frank Scott: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?. Bill Ritchie : Previous year results with another printing press design (2012-2013). .Frank Scott: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?. Bill Ritchie : Patience and the value of feedback from trial experiences and the importance of long-term planning. .Frank Scott: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?. Bill Ritchie : The place o literature and web technologies related to real products - so-called "Internet of things." .

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