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Matrix Chart

A Matrix Chart can be cre­at­ed to help deci­sion mak­ing and also to clar­i­fy con­cepts after a brain­storm­ing ses­sion. It is very sim­i­lar to a Mor­pho­log­i­cal chart, how­ev­er more casu­al in its struc­ture. It can also be used as a start­ing point for cre­at­ing ideas. Sev­er­al Matri­ces may be used togeth­er to cre­ate a plan for dif­fer­ent design direc­tions. The design of a chair for an office could be the ini­tial brief. For this a gen­er­al matrix could be gen­er­at­ed:

Ideas Min­i­mal­ist Stan­dard Hi-tech Addi­tion­al func­tion
Sin­gle sup­port X X X
Dou­ble Sup­port X X X
Tri­pod X X
Four Legs X X
Lev­i­ta­tion X X X
Sus­pend­ed from above X X
Sol­id Base X X X X
Back sup­port X X X X
Bal­ance relat­ed pos­ture X X
Wheels X X
Move­ment X X
Adjust­ment X X
Swiv­el X X
Automa­tion X

Thir­ty four Design direc­tions are out­lined so far for each of these a Matrix chart con­tain­ing Mate­ri­als or Process­es could be used

Options Woods Nat­ur­al and man­u­fac­tured Met­als (Fer­rous and non fer­rous Alloys) Glass Polymers(Thermoplastics, Ther­mosets and nat­ur­al)
Injec­tion Mould­ing X* X
Com­pres­sion Mould­ing X
Extru­sion X X

Form­ing Process­es Vacuum:Superplastic:Draped:Jigs

Cast­ing X
Rota­tion­al Mould­ing X
Blow Mould­ing X
Cut and Machined X X X X

* Sim­i­lar process used for Light Non fer­rous alloys

This method could con­tin­ue for specifics such as fix­ing and join­ing meth­ods or sur­face fin­ish.