Product Design

Product Design is an elective engineering course for SEA seniors. It is an extension of Engineering Design, continuing to develop and extend students' engineering skills into the area of product development, from brainstorming product ideas to producing a working prototype. For information about course policies and grading, see the Course Syllabus.

Unit 1: Mechanical Product Design

In this unit students learn techniques for product design: sketching, brainstorming, reverse engineering, etc. And they learn techniques for doing 3D mechanical modeling using Creo Parametric. They also review skills they learned in Engineering Design for coding an Arduino to control a motor. They then use these skills to create a motorized mechanical toy or household item, design it in Creo Parametric, print a prototype on a 3D printer, incorporate the electronics, and test their prototype. To communicate their designs, students create product web pages, and a video game that uses their product, programmed in Scratch. The Mechanical Product Overview gives the constraints and criteria for the project. The Mechanical Product Checkpoint List shows the design reviews that teams must pass as they develop their projects, and the Mechanical Product Progress Chart shows the team progress toward completing those checkpoints. Videos of some past projects are shown in the Mechanical Product Videos.

Unit 2: Electronic Product Design

In this unit students learn some basic electronics and Arduino programming, and create several simple circuits using the Arduino and different sensors and output devices. For their design project they take an ordinary household device such as a purse or a spatula and turn it into a "smart" device using the Arduino and associated electronics. They build a prototype of their device, and test it under realistic conditions to see how well their designs work. To communicate their designs, students produce an infomercial that could be used to sell their smart device. The Electronic Product Overview gives the constraints and criteria for the project. The Electronic Product Progress Chart shows the design reviews that teams must pass as they develop their projects, and the Electronic Product Checkpoint List shows the team progress toward completing those checkpoints. Videos of some past projects are shown in the Electronic Product Videos.