Kiersten Muenchinger, IDSA

Associate Professor, University of Oregon

Kiersten Muenchinger is an Associate Professor in the Department of Product Design at the University of Oregon. Muenchinger’s research identifies intersection points of quantitative metrics and qualitative strategies in sustainable product design. Their experimental work has received commendation by Gray magazine’s Hot, New Next; Red Dot; IDEA; the Green Product Award; ShowPDX; and Salão Design.

They have been a US Fulbright scholar, specializing in sustainable product design, with Polis University in Tirana, Albania, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Before joining UO, Kiersten practiced as a design engineer with global businesses IDEO, Fitch, Sottsass Associatti, and Walt Disney Imagineering.

Injection Molding in Studio

Education Symposium
World Café

Sept 14, 2022

Foyer - Table 4

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

Desktop injection molding machines and stereolithographic printed molds make hands-on injection molding production possible in design studio classrooms and labs. Direct experience designing molds and parts for injection molding and producing the molds and parts is valuable, relevant experience for design students.

This case study describes equipment, materials, projects and beneficial learning outcomes using in-studio injection molding in a university design studio class.