Now I have finished my product design project for the moment, I have decided to look at my technical research again and decide which sector would be best to tackle. I have narrowed the ideas down to four sectors, each with a project idea: Sporting Goods Consumer Electronics Healthcare Products Automotive Components Criteria Tennis Racquet Grip Personal In-Ear Headphones Orthopaedic Insoles Car Steering Wheel Contains otherwise difficult to create complex forms – + – – Use of average anthropometric data causes constant ergonomic problems + + + + Aesthetics could benefit from customisation + + – – Would benefit from easily printed spare parts – + – + Small size could allow quick printing + + + – Can be easily customised for user’s form + + + + Total 2 6 0 0 After a lot of deliberation I feel that the consumer electronics market would be best to […]
After deciding to choose consumer electronics, or more specifically in-ear headphones, as a focus for my technical design report, I have been undertaking research into the market and the products on the market. To aid this research I have bought an in-ear headphone set which I intend to take apart to see how they work and what technology is included. It is interesting to get an overview of the market and I feel as though I have made the right decision going for headphones… I also feel like this method of research suites me well. I feel as though every time I disassemble a product, I can improve my design work as well as improving my understanding of the technologies I work with.
For the past few days, I have been creating a few design ideas for my project. In my research I have identified that a simple stylised look is important to my market. For this reason, I have stuck with this kind of aesthetic for most of my designs. Some of the designs stick more to an aesthetic than others, though the others stick more to the shape requirements. I feel as though this work is going well and I am really happy that I have direction again. It feels as though these designs measure up to the past examples and I am really happy with where they are going!
After using Pugh’s evaluation matrix, I have identified Design 3 as the design to develop, with input from all of the other designs, especially design 4. I have developed design 3 by adding further aesthetic forms. The slightly ugly form of the ear fitting form, is covered by a flat yet stylised part. The final design could be colour coded by the customer when it was made on demand at the store. Although I am unable to converse with Paul currently due to it being university holiday time, I feel as though my work is comparable with the work undertaken in previous years. I feel like as long as I work in this way for the coming weeks, I will certainly create a projects I am really happy with!
I have now finally completed my final design for the report, a design I feel perfectly fits the brief and PDS. Draft Assembly The headphones would be made on demand for the customer, by 3D scanning their ears, where a computer algorithm would create the shape and then finalise the design to be 3D printed with a binder jetting 3D printer. The colour scheme would be completely up to the customer as the printer type can print in full CMYK colour. Overall I am really quite happy with this design, I feel that the project as a whole has improved my knowledge in design and I also feel like my design for manufacture with a 3D printer has improved dramatically. I have also purchased a 3D printer of my own now as well, in order to constantly improve my skills and in order to be able to create models and […]
I feel that over the past weeks of conclusion for my technical report, that I have been able to perfect the report itself. Unfortunately, a first print of my report, which costed £28, came out wrong because I had accidentally set the save quality low… I do however have a feeling of relief as the report appears to be finally over. I have concluded both the technical report and the design report for hand in either next Monday or Tuesday. Looking back, from starting university back in 2012, I feel I have learnt a great deal about working towards deadlines, something I have always felt I have been able to keep on top of. Having such a large project to do such as the dissertation has made me realise how I should be managing my time in a more fluid manor, as currently I feel as though my work progress […]