Mechoptronics. Introduction Course Motivation Definitions. A Fact of Life. Unfortunately, I can not teach you how to be a successful designer (there is no simple formula or silver bullet) But
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I can not teach you how to be a successful designer (there is no simple formula or silver bullet)
I can help you develop your own creative and innovative engineering design skills through presentations and applications of problem solving practices and methodologies
You can learn through your own experience of solving real engineering problems using theses practices
Commonalities and Differences?
What is its objective ?
How does it function/operate ?
On what is it based ?
How are its goals achieved ?
What are its consequences/results?
Engineering is the design, analysis and/or construction
of works for practical purposes. One who practices
engineering is called an engineer. . . . . . Engineers use
imagination, judgment and reasoning to apply science,
technology, mathematics and practical experience. The
result is the design, production and operation of useful
objects or processes. The broad discipline of engineering
encompasses a range of specialized sub-disciplines . . . .
A profession that applies the knowledge base of the
physical, mathematical and biological sciences together
with practical experience to create practical solutions to
the problemsof mankind for the purpose of providing him
with a better quality of life together with control and use of
the natural resources and the environment in which he
exists. Its goal is the creation of physical devices,
processes and systems that meet the needs, desires and
requirements of man in the society he has developed and
Based on Applicable Sciences
Design . . in the context of . . applied arts, engineering,
architecture . . is used both as a noun and a verb.
“Design” as a verb refers to the process of originating and
developing a plan for a new object (machine, building,
product, etc.). As a noun, “design” is used both for the
final plan or proposal (a drawing, model or other
description), or the result of implementing that plan or
proposal (the object produced). Designing normally
requires considering aesthetic, functional, and many other
aspects of an object, which usually requires considerable
research, thought , modeling, interactive adjustment and
re-design. Design as a process can take many forms . .
An iterative creative activity, also undertaken by
Engineers, that results in the production of the
description and specifications of a device, system or
process that meets some recognized or identified
need of society based on existing technology and
science while making use of available resources
within some set of constraints applicable to the
circumstances in question.
Design Engineering applies the practices and
methodologies of creativity/innovation, operational
analysis and decision making skills together with
the appropriate scientific and technological
knowledge base to the solution of real engineering
problems taking into account the available
resources and constraints of the circumstance in
The essence of engineering is design. B. V. Koen
Some will say that I'm an academic and that I'm
supposed to be a scientist, but I have this
craving to be an engineer. Waldron
Design and Technology in Society: A Closer Look
Homework: CH 1 Questions Due Tomorrow
Case Study: Evolution of the Guitar
Case Study: Evolution of the Nintendo
Entertainment System (NES)
Introduction to the Design Cycle
Design Brief and Product Design Specification
Top-Right: “The first nebulous idea evolves in the client’s mind into an ill-defined problem.”
Middle: “This is presented to the designer as a brief and the design process produces a well-defined solution, which eventually results in a specific object”
Bottom: “The development or existence of this object might spark off more nebulous ideas…”
What should you include? Important factors?
* Include if necessary – based on the product
Inventiveness and Innovation