In introducing the 4th DAT Journal Edition, we would like to thank the invited editorial team for their work in apprehending the relationship between the “II International Congress and VII Workshop: Design & Materials 2017” (with its main theme: New Experiments - from the innate materials to them to industry 4.0) and the scope of the journal. The featured papers in this edition were selected by the event’s Appraising Committee, through a process of blind peer review, and successful articles were submitted to the magazine.

In its second edition, the “II International Congress and VII Workshop: Design & Materials 2017”, consolidates itself as an annual Design event, that interfaces strategically with Brazilian development. Placed and realized within the Design Graduate and Postgraduate School (PPGDesign/Univille) of Univille University
(Santa Catarina State – Brazil) on June 2017, the event seeks to reinforce professionalism of Design in the Postgraduate Program at Univille University; contributing to a local and global knowledge exchange, and promoting the socialization and internationalization of the Postgraduate School.

The main purpose of the Congress and second edition of the DAT Journal is to disclose the “state of art” in research as it relates to the materials and professionalism of design, architecture, engineering and assembly. We also seek to further promote thinking, discussion and expression of diverse forms of production gathered from design research, material selection and developmental processes. The main themes concern traditional, innovative, sustainable and experimental materiality.

The academic papers result from presentations at the Congress and were important contributions to thinking. Graziela Moraes et al., from the Federal University of Santa Catarina/UFSC, talked about material selection to assistive technology goods, focused on neurological diatribe diseased. Ardalla Vieira et al., from the Federal Institute of Farroupilha/IFFar, considered approaches between art and technology in contemporary furniture design through the application of inlay (marchetarie). Mariana Piccoli et al., from Unifra, presented a characterization and parameter definition of the laser cutting of cardboard pipes g. Douglas Pereira et al., from São Paulo State University/Unesp, presented a comparison of traditional/manual prototyping techniques and considered their importance in design. Karla Pacheco et al., from the Federal University of Amazonas/UFAM, discussed an experimental approach to new products developing from a consideration of stones, wood, and natural fibers. Claudia Kayat and Claudio Magalhães from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro/PUC-RJ, described biomimetic experiments and new digital technologies utilized in package design. Debora Barauna et al., from the Federal University of Paraná/UFPR, talked about research on advanced materials in design for 21st Century innovation. Marcia Bergmann et al., from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro/PUC-RJ, considered hybrid materials in the textile industry. Marco Schmidt et al., from Univille University, discussed materials and process in the nautical industry. Victor Aguiar et al., also from Univille University, considered concerns within design, materials and the Univille PPGDesign.

Finally, Fabiano Trein et al., from the University of Vale do Rio dos Sinos/Unisinos, wrote about waste as feedstock in the future industry.

We would like to thank the authors, reviewers and everyone involved in contributing to this issue, and especially the Editorial Board of DATJournal - Design Art and Technology, for their guidance through the publication process, making it possible for the selected research papers to reach readers of this important scientific publication.

We wish you pleasant reading.

Published on: 20th December 2017.

Published: 2017-12-20