Product Design Cycle

A product design cycle is  a diagram that follows step by step a detailed review on how to achieve the product and meet all standards needed before being releasing it onto the market or to be used!

I will be using an example of a wooden bench throughout my explanation. This is how each step is used and a detailed explanation for each product from research, specification, plan,design,testing and evaluation, this will help you understand what is done in each step.

  • First you start of with brief is what the customer is requesting, it is a customers want and need, it helps designers know what requirements are requested from each customer. e.g-The customer is requesting a shorter bench to suit his height.
  • Then the designers will need to research. This is information needed to know about the product how it is made and what type, design is wanted by the customers, this an be done by looking at different sources. e.g- what type of bench the customer is wanting, colour, exact measurements, style.
  • A designer must make sure products meet the product specification, it has to do and please the customers requirements. The designer has to find out what materials are better to use and what the customer wants it to be made out, height should be measured out as well. e.g- Type of wood for the bench is needed so that planning can start and exact measurements of what size the customers wants it to be.
  • A plan is then made, an outline of the product so that the designer knows what it will look like and a sketch of the design. Dimensions, details and materials are also shown. e.g- The designer will sketch out a plan of the bench for the customer so that he sees what he is going to receive.
  • After research and looking into the product, a design is made before the product is released to test it out and see how the product actually looks in reality, this step is used for testing development and evaluation, this way they can also check if they met there required needs. e.g- A bench will be designed so that the customer can try it out and see if it is what he was looking for if yes then they will move on to testing and making a better version or adjustments.
  • For the final step testing and evaluation is taken place it is an important step, it confirms that everything that has been made is correct, it also identify’s any faults, the customer can also gives a review. If everything is in place the product is then released and sold to the customers. e.g- the bench is finally made last testing and adjustments are made and then the man that ordered the wooden bench can change anything at the last time and then he is ready to buy it from the designer.

So this is a detailed review of what steps are taken before a design is released.

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Recycling 6.2

Recyclable and recycled products have a difference, recyclable means that it can be recycled after use and is usually is 1 hand however recycled means that it has already been used and is being used again mostly 2nd hand things.

There are many companies that use 100% recycled materials. One of them is a fashion line that is called G-star. They use denim from recycled oceans plastic! There aim is to raise awareness for the problem of plastic pollution in the oceans.  They take plastic in the ocean and turn them into denim for there line of jeans. They get help with Bionic Yarn, engineer of the yarns, and Parley, and  the ocean cleanups and research. They unfortunately can not take every piece of plastic from the ocean but they try to strive as much as thy can. http://rawfortheoceans.g-star.com/#!/tagged/game/6

Another type of company uses recyclable materials which means further along the future they will be able to make something else out of it when they are done with it, and example of this company is Dell that specialize in electronics, they use materials that are easily changed after use is finished, and they package in a way so that it as Eco-friendly as possible. They use highly renewable materials such as mushrooms and bamboo. They also cut down on the number of screws they use so that is can be separated and allow the parts to be easily re-used again. They also use  snap fits so that recyclers don’t have to struggle with very strong glue. http://www.dell.com/learn/us/en/vn/corp-comm/designing-green-recycling

Forest Stewardship Council

FSC is an organisation that helps forests from dying out, it makes sure that timber is in the right amount needed for the forest to function as normal. They help local people but also society in general providing them with long term benefits but also motivates local people to also want to help out with the forest that will have to do with long term plans. Economically they make enough money so that they can function there organisation but not have any effect on the people. There global plan has provided a certification system that helps the people have a positive impact on forests all around.The Forest Stewardship Council mission is to promote environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world’s forests. Why are forests important to them?

  • people depend on forests because they filter most water and drinks we digests.
  • There home to thousands of endangered species
  • In the US most forest are privately owned and if these people do not end up with some kind of profit they will turn the land to farms, ranches etc. By 1992 – 2020 it is estimated that most of the land will be turned into suburban real estate development.
  • They are helping forest for future generations they have managed to achieve more than 40,000 to become American family forest owners and are FSC certified.