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Ch.43 Unwrapping CMF design on hardware tools
Ch.43 拆招CMF設計談鐵漢柔情 從五金工具認識CMF

CMF is a specific discipline within industrial design that focuses on the development of a product’s color, material, and finish. Unwrap CMF shares bite-sized stories of CMF Design to inform and inspire those interested in this niche yet fascinating field, with digestible contents for anyone and everyone. Comments and inspirations are welcome!

When it comes to CMF, we often associate it with precisely engineered products like consumer electronics, automobiles, or household appliances. However, even as basic as hardware tools, they also require careful consideration of the CMF thought process. (中文請見下方)

Unlike consumer electronics, hardware tools have relatively simple functionality, yet the required material performance is equally important. Especially for outdoor use, the choice of materials and processes must withstand exposure to sunlight, extreme temperatures, and varying humidity conditions.

In scenarios where tools are held in hands, there is no room to risk accidental drops causing harm. This pretty much necessitates textures and surface treatments that provide a good grip and anti-slip design.

On another note, due to the lower pricing of hardware tools, manufacturing costs come with a limit, posing a challenge to find a cost-effective, and simple yet stable process.

The importance of CMF does not diminish with differences in product categories, user demographics, or pricing. On the contrary, each product category has its unique design considerations. In other words, as designers, we need to shift our perspectives for each product category, and position our design solutions to meet its specific requirements.

There is no one manufacturing process that can perfectly cater to all needs. The ability to come up with a tailored potion to actual requirements is precisely the magic spell of CMF Designers ?✨

CMF為Color Material and Finishing,屬於工業設計旗下專注於產品色彩、材質、及表面處理工藝的關鍵一環。Unwrap CMF彩材拆拆圍繞著這個主題,以淺而易懂的小故事拆解CMF設計的日常。歡迎留言分享!

當我們討論CMF時,通常會聯想到3C電子、汽車、家電等精緻電器產品,然而,就連基本的五金工具也需要細心考量CMF的多方因素。

與其他消費型電子產品不同,五金工具的功能性相對基礎,但對於材料性能的要求卻毫不遜色,尤其在戶外使用時,需要具備耐曬、耐高低溫差、耐各種濕度氣候的材質和工藝製程。

另外,考慮到產品的使用場景,五金工具需要時常被握住,同時需避免被意外掉落造成傷害的風險,這就需要具有良好握持感、防滑的紋理和表面處理。

又或者,由於五金工具的價位較低,製造成本有限,這也帶來了另一項挑戰,即需要成本低廉且製程簡易穩定的工藝。

CMF的重要性並不會因為產品類別、使用者、或價位的差異而降低。相反地,在不同的產品類別中,都有其獨特的設計考量。換句話說,設計師需要在每個不同的產品類別中換位思考,提出符合該類別需求的設計方案。

沒有一個製程能完美地迎合所有需求,能根據實際需求調配最適合的提案,這恰恰正是CMF設計師的魔法 ?✨

因五金工具的成本有限、工藝入門,反而很適合CMF初學者用來參考學習製程基礎。
Due to cost constraint and entry-level applications, hardware tools are ideal for beginners to learn about CMF manufacturing processes.
以防工程意外,多數五金工具被刻意設計成鮮豔易見的顏色,以及不易滑手的粗糙咬花紋。
To prevent accidents, many hardware tools are designed in vibrant, visible colors, and feature a rough, non-slip texture for better grip.
吹塑透過氣體壓力成型,被廣泛用於製造許多中空的塑膠日常用品。
Blow molding, shaped by air pressure, is widely used to produce hollow plastic parts that are commonly found in daily life.
雙色射出將兩種不同的塑膠粒子射出並在單一物件上成型,考驗模具的精密度。
Double injection molds two different types of plastic and forms them into a single piece, requiring the super precision of the mold.
EVA泡棉與裝飾板材一次成型,再藉由CNC及印刷完成五金工具箱的凹槽和細節。
EVA foam and decorative layer are molded together, then via CNC machining and printing to create slots and icon details on the toolbox.




CMF學無止境,善用CMF關鍵字在網上深入鑽研,歡迎大家留言補充。
Enjoy learning? Use the CMF terminologies mentioned above and continue on with your own research journey on the web. Comments and inspirations are welcome!
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Problem-solving ??? ?????. Former head of CMF at Motorola. A New York-based and world-traveling Design Consultant with over 13 years of specialty in CMF Design. 高雄囡仔,前摩托羅拉CMF設計團隊負責人,目前定居於紐約並遊牧世界,任自由撰稿人兼CMF設計顧問,持續投入在CMF設計的科普推廣,並為WGSN及羅技等公司提供CMF專案支持或諮詢服務。

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