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Advanced sketching for conceptual product design and communication. Advanced 3D computer-aided drawing and solid modelling, with finite element analysis for strength and durability. Preparation of models for rapid-prototyping (additive manufacture/3D printing).
1. Students will develop skills in digital sketching for the communication and development of conceptual product design.2. Students will be familiar with industry-standard computer-aided design packages for the development and communication of detailed product design drawings.3. Students will gain an understanding in designing for and manufacturing in a range of digital production techniques including additive and subtractive manufacturing. 4. Students will be able to use simulation tools to assess structural viability and optimise their designs in response to predicted in-service loading.5. Students will be able to apply generative design tools to create organic, high-performance geometries and create physical models thereof using digital manufacturing techniques. 6. Students become proficient at creating designs, digital outputs, and programming for various digital manufacturing techniques. 7. Students will gain awareness of the cost and scale implications of the techniques employed and make decisions about their viability in future design projects.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Portfolio of Lab Activities (Individual); 30% in total:• Extended task one, 10%; Students will be asked to produce a 3D digital model with sufficient embedded design intent that the model is robust to change (within parameters specified). Due: End of week 7• Extended task two, 10%; Students will be tasked with producing 3D digital toolpaths and CNC code for the 3D router sufficient to manufacture a 3D part with complex curvature. Due: End of week 7• Extended task three, 10%; Students will use Finite Element Analysis and Topology Optimisation to review and amend the design of a given part, ensuring that the part remains suitable for the manufacturing technique specified. Due: End of week 12For each submission, students will produce a short, explanatory overview document (single side of A4) explaining their design process and rationale. Exploration of Digital Manufacturing (group); 40 % in total: For the major design task you will work in small design teams (three) to:• Determine an appropriate market/segment for the exploitation of small-scale digital design and manufacture• Design and produce a part/assembly/product that is customisable for a user in terms of geometry (e.g. fit, integration), and/or aesthetics, and/or structural capacity (e.g. load bearing capacity, flexure).• Prepare for, and manufacture a prototype using digital manufacturing techniques• Communicate the design process via high quality design documentation (poster, digital model, prototype)For this submission, each team will produce an explanatory overview document (eight sides of A4 for body text) detailing their research, design process and rationale. In addition team must produce digital and physical prototypes to demonstrate the part/assembly/product.
Diegel, O., Nordin, A., and Motte, D. A Practical Guide to Design for Additive Manufacturing. Springer, 2020, available as ebook from the library and widely available onlineKurowski, P. Finite Element Analysis for Design Engineers. SAE International. 2004, available as ebook from the library and widely available onlineAkin, J. Finite Element Analysis Concepts via Solidworks. World Scientific. 2009, available as ebook from the library and widely available online
Domestic fee $975.00
International fee $5,500.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
School of Product Design on the department and colleges page.