Takumi co-creation: bringing KODO design to life
The object in question was a sculpture just big enough to be held in two hands, and had been lovingly made by the Mazda design team as a motif of the KODO design concept. And the two men who had studied it so hard were Mazda’s body panel developers: Nobuaki Goto who handles the data behind die manufacturing, and Hiroaki Otsuka who leads the manufacturing process.
A microscopic margin of error
New technologies born
First, Goto and Otsuka identified 50 problems that stood in the way of recreating the beautiful movement of light on the curves and the expressive surfaces that the design team envisioned. Then, to solve these problems, they invented three new sets of skills and technologies: ‘KODO kezuri (shaving)’ that enabled a machine to imitate the hand movements of the clay modeller; ‘KODO toishi (sharpening stone)’ that could fine-tune a surface within five micrometres in accuracy; and ‘KODO migaki (polish)’ that made the finished surface sparkle without distorting the curves.
The magic of Takumi co-creation
In bringing the designers’ concept to life in the form of a steel sculpture, the manufacturing team made many new discoveries. With the design studio and factory coming together across the expertise divide, they were able to up each other’s game and deliver their dream car to fans. This act of ‘co-creation’ by Takumi, or master craftsmen, will continue to drive Mazda forward for years to come.
THE ART OF MANUFACTURING. BY MAZDA. (Youtube)
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