Shinchi joined Yamaha Motor with the wholehearted intent to work in product modeling. Currently a member of the Sculptor Group at the Design Center’s Product Design Division, she uses CAD to create 3D recreations of motorcycle parts based on designer sketches and engineering data.
“There are sometimes conflicts between what the designers want to create and what the engineers deem as technically feasible. In other words, a gap between the ideal and reality,” admits Shinchi. “But both are striving for the same goal, so my job is to stand in the middle and search for a compromise that suits both sides but still results in a product that’s as cool-looking as possible. My own suggestions and ideas are sometimes implemented in the design and it really makes the job rewarding.”
Shinchi is neither timid nor does she shrink from a challenge; she fires off questions about whatever she doesn’t know and is always willing to take on something new. And although she started working on product modeling from scratch, her supervisor points out that her progress has far exceeded expectations.
When Shinchi is away from work, she indulges in fashion and shopping in her private life just like any other young woman. She began doing nail art in junior high school and uses the dexterity she’s honed with her hands to create highly detailed designs. From plastic models to nails and fashion, Shinchi’s hobbies keep her busy, but since she works at Yamaha, she also wants to get her motorcycle license someday. In fact, she already knows what bike she wants.
“I really like the sporty and active design of the MT-07. And its overall sharp and angular form has a lot in common with a Gundam, so of course that makes it look even cooler! [laughs] Getting the unrestricted license to ride a big bike won’t be easy but I want to get it someday.”
In the not-so-distant future, Shinchi’s seemingly boundless passion and respect for Gundam will almost certainly find its way into the shape of a motorcycle part that will someday bring love and inspiration to other motorcycle riders.