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DEVELOPING A PRODUCT - AN INTEGRATED APPROACH

V. Ryan 2012

 

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Developing a product involves starting with a basic design and improving it, through sketches notes and photographs, over a number of development design sheets. Outlined below are aspects / key phrases that should be considered during the development section. You may be able to think of many more, appropriate to your product. Rather than dealing with each aspect on separate design sheets, they should be integrated over a number of design sheets.

Design is not always linear, such as, an ideas sheet followed by a CAD sheet, then health and safety etc... Designers usually work in an integrated fashion, with many areas appearing on a development design sheet. For example, a development sheet may include sketches, evidence of model making and testing, CAD, reference to the environment, experimentation and a summary of findings.
 
 
 
 
An example of the first development sheet is shown below. This sheet shows the basic design of a 'tape measure', as it is developed into an improved range of ideas. This first sheet is used to show possible improvements to the initial idea.

Study the sample development sheet below. How many of the key phrases / aspects shown above, have been mentioned ?

Over the ten development sheets, all these aspects / key phrases (and any more you can think of) should have been supported by sketches, photographs, models and notes.
 
 
 
 
 
GUIDANCE - SUGGESTED LAYOUT OF THE TEN DEVELOPMENT SHEETS
 
PAGES ONE TO THREE
 
BASIC SKETCHES - RANGE OF IDEAS

BASIC MODELS (PHOTOGRAPHS / VIDEOS)

EXPLANATION OF INITIAL IDEAS

OPINIONS OF OTHERS

INITIAL FINDINGS

ISSUES FOUND / ISSUES RESOLVED

BASIC TESTING
 
PAGES FOUR TO SEVEN
 
TAKE SOME IDEAS FURTHER OR ASPECTS OF YOUR IDEAS
THAT HAVE PROVED USEFUL AND INTERESTING

EXPLAIN HOW YOU HAVE IMPROVED YOUR
REMAINING IDEAS

MORE SOPHISTICATED MODELS (PHOTOGRAPHS) / VIDEOS

OPINIONS OF CUSTOMERS / CLIENTS

ISSUES FOUND / ISSUES RESOLVED

MORE COMPLEX TESTING

FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF REMAINING IDEAS /
ASPECTS OF A PARTICULAR IDEA - IN MORE DETAIL
 
PAGES EIGHT TO TEN
 
TAKE ONE IDEA FORWARD AND JUSTIFY SELECTION

FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF REMAINING IDEA /
DETAILED DEVELOPMENT

EXPLAIN HOW YOU HAVE IMPROVED YOUR
REMAINING IDEA

REALISTIC / SOPHISTICATED MODELS (PHOTOGRAPHS) /
VIDEOS

OPINIONS OF CUSTOMERS / CLIENTS

ISSUES FOUND / ISSUES RESOLVED

MORE COMPLEX TESTING
 
 
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