Product Design Lab II ED3110

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Design project from concept to product. Emphasis will be on making a small product, using the existing toolkit and other materials like wood, polystyrene and plastics. Use of rapid prototyping in the development of a product

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The Product Design Laboratory-II introduces the students to the actual act of designing products. It builds upon a number of related theoretical courses, such as the Functional and Conceptual Design, Detail Design, Human Factors and Aesthetics in Design, Mechatronic System Design, Design for X and so on, as well as a number of laboratory-based courses, such as Computer Modelling of Machine Elements, Product Design Laboratory-I, etc. In this course, the students form groups of 3-4 students each, and work on a design problem for an entire semester. Only an outline of a problem statement is given as the task. The teams identify the target set of customers, interact with them to understand their requirements, which in turn are analysed to formulate the specifications for the proposed product. They then come up with alternative conceptual products, which are reviewed and refined in the class, to finally
lead to feasible products, which can be taken back to the customer for feedback. A lot of emphasis is laid on the development of the actual physical prototypes, rather than mere computerised models, so as to expose the students to the challenges in manufacturing etc. inherent in developing and fabricating a real-life product. The laboratory has been successful in sowing and nurturing the creativity among our students. A number of patents have been
applied for in the past few years on the products that have originated as a part of the activities of this lab. Some of these products are on the verge of commercialisation (e.g., a manuallydriven tricycle for the physically challenged), while one of these, the HuMotor, is the recipient of a national level award from the National Innovation Council.

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