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There was a range of materials available for this project and these were considered with respect to the customer concerned.
Lightweight material such as cardboard or balsa wood was discounted. The material needed to be tough in order to withstand a two year old's attention.
Acrylic had the desired toughness and the advantage of being relatively lightweight. However, I discounted this material on the grounds that;
The options narrowed to timber. It has toughness, can be easily shaped and painted and is a well tested material for childrenâ€™s toys. I considered three reasonably lightweight types and from samples, I determined that 6mm and 12 mm composites would be the best options given that weight was of concern.
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