Product Design and Innovation


This module focuses on digital fabrication technologies and the potential design opportunities associated with them. The use of Computer Aided Manufacturing software and digital fabrication technologies are integrated with 3D modelling technology and applied in this module. The application of parametric and logic principles to product models in order to produce variants and customised versions of original designs using digital technology is also developed. The module also applies design for manufacture, value engineering, and other analytical techniques to product design and development. Projects encourage material exploration and apply learning from other modules to develop comprehensive design solutions. Systematic innovation is also applied in project work. Solutions are user/market tested and evaluated.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Experiment with and test new materials in product design, prototyping and manufacture

  2. Use a number of digital fabrication technologies and processes to implement a full digital product design cycle from "art to Part" 

  3. Apply design thinking, design skills and innovation to create product that is beautiful, functional, and innovative

  4. Create 3D model, prototype, full manufacturing information and product data management in designing a product ready for manufacture

  5. Demonstrate skill, knowledge, competence and ability as a designer to create and critically evaluate a body of self-directed high quality, innovative objects.

  6. Apply design for manufacture, product engineering and analytic tools to consumer and commercial products

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