Design Engineering by Harry Cather

By Harry Cather

Content material:
Series Preface

, Pages vii-viii
1 - The layout process

, Pages 1-53
2 - artistic layout Practice

, Pages 54-73
3 - homes of Materials

, Pages 74-131
4 - Processes

, Pages 132-189
5 - fabrics Selection

, Pages 190-224
6 - fabrics and the Environment

, Pages 225-261
7 - Optimizing Design

, Pages 262-329
8 - coping with Design

, Pages 330-347
Solutions to Problems

, Page 348
Index

, Pages 349-355

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Consider how this could be encouraged within an organization. Complete an analysis of the last product that you purchased using Kano's descriptors. Undertake a QFD to produce the concept for a bus stop. Consider whether a QFD is better for creating a completely new product or for improving an existing product. ' (after James Dyson) Knowing what you are setting out to design is major step in the design process. The next is to establish some ideas that will enable a solution to be developed. One of the specifications Triumph wanted for their concept of a 600 cc motorbike was speed.

Could shape and aesthetics be combined to produce a toothbrush that stands up on its own? (4) Gap analysis By selecting and plotting two attributes on a where there is scope for a new idea. 1). (5) chart it is possible to spot example, if we plot the lower end of the power gaps for which we could Trade-off analysis Also known as conjoint measurement, this technique pits various pairings of attributes against each other. For a toaster 'fast acting and aesthetic' may be preferred to 'controllable and crumb removing'; 'controllable and thickness adjustable' may be preferred to 'lightweight and visible toasting'.

Using groups can help to overcome problems of chance and judgement (but beware now of illusions of vulnerability, collective rationalizations and pressure on dissenters). Becoming 'focused' on the problem also helps. Entering a highly focused concentration zone (Japanese 'mushin') in much the same way that a sportsman does is thought to increase alpha waves and use of the central cerelebrum resulting in more inductive decisions and actions. Decision models are also useful tools. Models are representations that help t o clarify, objectivize the subjective and aid straight thinking.

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