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The Design Process • You need to be able to state in a few sentences what is the situation or problem that requires a new product you will be designing. Example: I am designing a new mousetrap to catch more than one mouse at a time Situation without any mouse escaping. • What are the limits or constraints of the design. Example: The mousetrap must be a maximum size of 20 cm long x 10 cm wide and 12 Parameters cm high to fit into any garage space. • Research various previous designs and how they work • Sketch your own thumbnail (small) designs • Choose your materials and give reason (decision chart). Example: Plan Cardboard is bad, plastic is good - can you give some reasons why? • Build your product with the materials and within the constraints of the design. Example: Create a template or measure often while building to Build make sure you are within the measurements/constraints. • Did your design turn out the way you wanted? • Does it perform well? Check • What needs to be changed? • Go back to planning and continue with the process to make any improvements you identified during the check. Example: The mousetrap Improve spring did not react fast enough. Research new spring materials.
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