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A technical data sheet can be completed during the research section, development section or it can even be one of the final sheets of a Product Design project. The sheet includes factual / statistical detail about the product including the dimensions, weight, functions, colour, materials and more aspects.

If a technical data sheet produced during the research section then an existing product can be analysed. This is not always easy but researching the Internet is usually a good way to start. For example, researching a existing product such as a guitar will give the detailed specification for a range of guitars including the one below.

 

 

PRODUCT NAME: Squier Strat (Rosewood)
COLOUR: Metallic Red
SERIES: Squier Affinity Series™
BODY: Alder
NECK: Bolt-on Rosewood Neck
FINGERBOARD: Rosewood, 9.5" Radius
NO. OF FRETS: 22 Medium Jumbo
SCALE LENGTH: 25.5"
WIDTH AT NUT: 1.61"
HARDWARE: Chrome
MACHINE HEADS: Standard Die-Cast Tuners
WEIGHT: 15 lbs / 6.80 kg
BRIDGE: Twin-pivot Tremolo Bridge with Satin-Anodized Saddles
PICKGUARD: 1-Ply White
PICKUPS: 3 Single-Coil Pickups
PICKUP SWITCHING: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
CONTROLS: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Middle Pickup)
COLOUR: Metallic Blue (Polyurethane Finish)
STRINGS: Fender Super 250L, (.009 to .042) Nickel Plated Steel
UNIQUE FEATURES: Late '60s Style Headstock, White Plastic Parts, Black Silkscreen Logo, Dot Position Inlays

 
 
 

At the research stage a technical data sheet will give provide detailed information about a product you may be hoping to improve. It will also help you write the specification for a new or improved product. The information will be very useful when deciding on the materials to be used for your manufactured product, its dimensions and even weight . It may also help you to decide on ways in which the existing design can be improved.

 

If a data sheet is compiled after a model has been made it could be given to a focus group along with the model for discussion. A group of people, especially experts in your chosen field will find the detailed information useful. Each detail could be discussed in turn and suggestions made as to how to the product could be improved.


If the data sheet is left until the product has been designed and manufactured - the sheet could be part of a detailed evaluation and it could even be distributed with the packaged product, for the customer.


Alternatively, a designer may decide to produce a number of data sheets, compiled at different stages during a design project. The sheets could be used to show detailed development of the design resulting in the final design.


Consider all the points below when writing a technical data sheet. You may be able to include many more as your product may be quite different and individual.

 
 
 
QUESTIONS:
1. Choose a product such as a notebook computer. Construct a technical data sheet listing as many technical details as you can find. Consider looking up the notebook’s specification before compiling the data sheet.

2. Choose a non technical item such as a coffee table. Construct a technical data sheet. This will be simpler as there is less data / statistics to include compared to a notebook computer. However, you could include ergonomic details, weight , height, width, length, materials, glues/adhesives used, limited technical detail of equipment used to manufacture the furniture, cost of manufacture, cost to the customer / client, special features, focus group comments, list of accessories, skill level of workers, scale of manufacture (batch, single item, continuous etc.........
 
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