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Image Prototype for electronic payment terminal, c2002

TLF ID M000353

This is a prototype form of an Ingenico electronic payment terminal, manufactured from plastic photopolymer by Design+Industry, New South Wales. It comprises a number of translucent white separate parts that slide together. Some parts have been modified by hand using putty, or annotated using pencil, pen or marker. The model is incomplete and missing the printer housing component.

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Educational value
  • This prototype was designed by Design+Industry in 2003 for a new range of electronic payment terminals made by France-based company Ingenico International. The terminals were a redesign of the Elite 700 series designed by Design+Industry in 1995. This new range of payment terminals (NPT2) have improved features over the earlier models, such as the magnetic swipe reader at the side of the terminal and design of the printer for easier loading.
  • This prototype is an example of one of the earliest and most widely used rapid prototyping techniques, stereolithography. Rapid prototyping enables designers to quickly test their ideas in three dimensions and refine their ideas before they are presented to the toolmaker or manufacturer. First developed in the 1980s, stereolithography builds plastic parts or objects a layer at a time by tracing a laser beam on the surface of a vat of liquid photopolymer. This material quickly solidifies wherever the laser beam strikes the surface of the liquid. Once a layer is completely traced, it is lowered a small distance into the vat and the second layer is traced on top of the first. The self-adhesive property of the material causes the layers to bond to one another and eventually to form a complete three-dimensional object.
  • The electronic payment terminal is one of many banking terminals and pin pads that Design+Industry has created since Ingenico became their first client in 1987. The two companies have collaborated since then, with Design+Industry designing products in Balmain, NSW, for manufacture and sale around the world. This product is typical of the work of Design+Industry.
  • There was a large team of people involved in the design process for this new range of terminals. The initial conceptual development was led by Richard Byers, creative manager. He created the concept sketches and life-like three-dimensional renderings for the client to approve. A timber model and prototypes using stereolithography rapid prototyping enabled the design to be tested in three dimensions. The engineering development team completed the process of testing, tooling and implementing the product.
  • Design+Industry was founded in 1987 by Murray Hunter. In 2005 it had a team of more than 35 designers and engineers and was the largest industrial design consulting group in Australia. From studios in Sydney and Melbourne the group works on complex design and engineering projects, such as betting terminals and electronic funds transfer machines. Around 60 per cent of its business is for clients outside Australia. In 2005 the group had begun to expand into designing furniture and homewares.
  • Ingenico International was founded in France in 1980, and in 2005 it had headquarters in France with 26 subsidiaries or offices worldwide. In 2005 the company sold 1.5 million payment terminals annually and was a world leader in the development, manufacture and sale of electronic payment terminals.

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  • Name: Powerhouse Museum
  • Organization: Powerhouse Museum
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  • Address: NSW, AUSTRALIA
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  • Name: Design and Industry Pty Ltd
  • Organization: Design and Industry Pty Ltd
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  • Address: New South Wales
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  • Name: Powerhouse Museum
  • Organization: Powerhouse Museum
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  • Address: NSW, AUSTRALIA
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