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The Design Process

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on 6 February 2015

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Transcript of The Design Process

What are you trying to change or invent?
Does it satisfy a need or want?
Examine prior solutions.
Prove there is a problem
Is it worth solving?
Identify criteria and constraints.
The Design Process
3. Develop a Solution
Decide on an idea that:
1. best meets the criteria
2. fits within the constraints
3. has the least negative characteristics

Create a detailed design sketch (AutoCAD)
Design is the creative planning process that allows people to make useful products.
Design Process
1. Define a Problem
2. Generate Concepts
3. Develop a Solution
4. Construct and
Test a Prototype
5. Evaluate the
6. Present the
Design Process - 6 Steps

1.Define the Problem

2. Generate Concepts
Brainstorm many possible solutions
Select a couple of ideas
Most difficult part of Design Process - hard to come up with
ideas that meet the criteria.
Criteria and Constraints
are required features
EX: Must use a specific material

are limitations
EX: What are the costs?
What size does it need to be?
4. Construct and Test a Prototype
Engineers build a
to test their solutions
Plan your tests
Check performance
Usability, durability
Test your prototype
Collect test data
Analyze test data

Test the design solution and evaluate the results.
Does anything need to be improved?
Make modifications to the design
Does the design solve the problem?
5. Evaluate the Solution
6. Present the Solution
Document the project
Show test results
Communicate the project
Formal Presentation
Watch the Google Car
Google Glass
The Design Process is an iterative process because steps are repeated until the problem is solved.

An engineer designs, builds, tests, analyzes and refines until a solution is reached.
Design Iteration
The design process is a specific method used to develop
possible solutions to solve a problem.

It is used to narrow down the possible solutions to a final choice.

The design process is never final- there are always multiple solutions to a problem.

The design process is influenced by requirements called criteria and constraints.
What do Engineers Do?
Step 2 - Generate Concepts
because engineers have to research, brainstorm and then develop several solutions that meet the criteria.
Which stage is the most important and difficult?
How do engineers choose the best solution to a problem?
They analyze test results and refine their product until it becomes the best solution that meets the criteria and solves the problem.
Why Do Engineers Use the Design Process?
To be sure they have the best solution to a problem after eliminating the other solutions through testing.
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