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MANUFACTURING A PRODUCT - ANSWERS 1

V. Ryan 2011

 

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Select a desk tidy from the two designs shown below.

Each could be manufactured in a school workshop.

 
SELECTED DESIGN: Desk Tidy 'B'
 
Name a suitable material for the manufacture of your selected desk tidy:
 
Natural wood - Pine
 
What properties does your selected material have, that make it suitable for use in the manufacture of the desk tidy?
 
Pine is a natural wood, that is relatively easy to shape and form. It can be joined using traditional joints such as dovetail or finger joints. Wood glues including PVA and cascamite, join pine permanently. It is attractive to look at due to its texture and grain. It is cheap compared to many other natural woods.
 
 
 
 
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A prototype / one off, is to be manufactured. What is a prototype / one off?
 
A Prototype is the first attempt at manufacturing a new product. A prototype is often referred to as a working model.
 
 
Why is a prototype often manufactured before a new product goes on sale to the general public?
 
A prototype is used to test how a new product works and to find how it can be improved. Prototypes are often used to test public reaction to a new design. It helps determine if the new product will be successful in the market place.
 
The desk tidy is to be manufactured as a batch of twenty. What is Batch Production?
 
Once a prototype has been tested and has been successfully evaluated, the product is ready for full scale manufacture. This often involves manufacturing hundreds or thousands of the same product. A batch of a hundred or a batch of a thousand may be required. Each individual product, within a batch, should be exactly the same.
Batch manufactured products include: cars, furniture, electrical goods, clothing, newspapers and books.
 
 
MORE INFORMATION ON SCALES OF PRODUCTION
Single Item / Prototype Production - Example 1
Single Item / Prototype Production - Example 2
Batch Production - Example 1
Batch Production - Example 2
Batch Production Exercise
Continuous Production - Example 1
Continuous Production - Example 2
Production Methods - Lesson Starter
 
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