PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND PROJECT
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Modern manufacturing companies have to develop new or better products, at competitive costs, over a reduced timescale, for a market that has now reached global dimensions. In this context, the course will present the contemporary structure of the product design and development process, and a series of techniques that are widely used in companies.
Machine design, Mechanics applied to machines, Machine construction
Course contents summary
Introduction to the product design and development process, design project organisation and management, product planning, identification of client requirements, product specifications, analysis of competitor products, product functional analysis, concept generation, concept selection, product architecture, the function of industrial design, design for manufacture, prototyping, economic aspects in product development.
K.T. Ulrich, S.D. Eppinger, Progettazione e sviluppo di prodotto, McGraw Hill Italia, 2001
The exam comprises the compilation of a technical report developed by a work group over the course of the six-month period, and the oral presentation of its principal characteristics. An essential part of the training process is the group work performed by students during the six-month period. This work regards the design of a product, which may originate from an existing company.