Make Your Solution: Developing Ideas

Now that we have defined our problem and written our design brief, it is time to start coming up with some ideas!

Design Specifications

First, we need to develop the design specifications for your product. This process will be a little different from what we have done in the past because our end result will be something that we can physically hold in our hands, as opposed to something that just lives in the digital realm.

You may want to divide your design specs into different categories, such as Form, Function and Aesthetics. You may also want to further divide your specs into Required: Must Have and Desirable: It Would Be Nice If.

Possible Ideas

A concept sketch of a cherry pitting maching

Once you have your specs, it is time to start sketching some design ideas. On sheets of A4, sketch your possible concepts for your product. Try to show your concept in action or in situ so that others can get an idea of what you are trying to accomplish. These sketches do not need to include dimensions or other details like that, but you should include some notes or annotations to help explain what you are thinking. Each sketch and annotation should take up at least half of an A4 sheet of paper.

Choosing the Best Idea

Now that you have a range of ideas to choose from, which one do you choose? How do you determine which one is best? Feedback from others is a good idea, as is referring back to your design specifications. It’s also important to think about what is actually feasible for your to model in TinkerCad and whether or not it will print successfully. (Remember all those articles about failed prints and what we can learn from them?) Your task in this section is to explain how you decided on your final choice.

Detailed Planning Sketch

Once you have chosen your final design choice, it is time to create a detailed planning sketch. This will be different from your initial concept sketch because it will use a specific style of drawing (three-view drawing) and must be drawn to scale. It must also include the actual dimensions of your design.

Before you begin, we can use these samples to see the relationship between the 3D drawing and the three-view drawing of different objects.

Preparing to Succeed

Be sure to refer to the TSC as you go. The current deadline for this is the week of April 21st. That gives you 4 weeks to work on this in class (~200 minutes) plus homework time (~60 – 80 minutes). You will submit this to TurnItIn in hard copy at the end of class on the deadline day. In the meantime, your work should be in your shared Google Drive folder.