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This module has two main components: Component 1 (Engineering drawing and CAD): The first is the development of their engineering drawing skills using a CAD software package to the required British Standard. Component 2 (Design project): The second component involves the students working together in groups to address a medical device design brief developed with a local rehabilitation engineering unit. Students will be introduced to the medical design development process, which they will follow in order to develop their product concepts. There will be an emphasis on the importance of identifying end user needs (i.e. functional requirements), and how these inform the design process. The importance of having a robust product design specification is emphasised, along with an introduction to innovative design tools and approaches. The selected concept design will be developed virtually in CAD. Each group participant will be responsible for a component or element of the device, which will then be part of the overall product assembly which will be outlined in the group element of the report.
Within this module students will be expected to complete a series of exercises that will the form the basis of a 'major' design. The scope of the module will involve the students to work in groups where they will consider, as a team, conceptual designs, embodiment using innovative approaches to design processes and standards etc., leading to final design documentations and manufacturing techniques.
Within this module students will learn about digital manufacturing, from its role in concept development through to prototype production and small batch manufacture. They will be introduced to the way in which manufacturing is changing and the future possibilities presented by emerging digital manufacturing technologies. They will work in groups to fabricate a digital manufacturing machine (3DPrinter), which they will calibrate and produce test parts on.
This module demonstrates the outcomes of three years of learning and applies multiple skills to a design project. The project will show that students can manage and deliver a design task, as a team, through all stages of the design process. Students should progress from specification to concept design, undertake analysis (using computer tools as appropriate) and produce a design report and assembly drawings.