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PDES2515 Design for Manufacture for Product Designers

20 creditsClass Size: 35

Module manager: Dr Hau Hing Chau

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Pre-requisite qualifications


Module replaces

PDES 2210 and PDES 2510

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

A problem based design studio module with a number of projects which challenge the student to apply and combine their skills and learning from this module and another modules to develop and communicate creative solutions to complex problems.


1. To undertake research and analysis on an innovative mass-produced product or a product category
2. To apply an understanding on the strengths and limitations of manufacturing processes that are commonly used in consumer products, and to produce detailed design suitable for such processes.
3. To develop advanced CAD (computer aided design system) skills and to apply them to produce 3D solid models of detailed design
4. To generate conceptual designs and to evaluate them against a list of design requirements
5. To develop a concept into a detailed design that satisfied user needs and is suitable for manufacturing
6. To produce and to communicate detailed design for mass production in human readable and machine readable formats
7. To demonstrate a detailed design that has satisfied user needs in a given usage scenario

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. To conduct background research on product innovation in the marketplace, including the analysis of the historical development of an innovation and key enablers, and use this to inform possible future developments of the product.
2. To apply commonly used manufacturing processes for consumer products and to produce detailed design of parts suitable for mass production.
3. To apply advanced CAD modelling techniques, including freeform geometry modelling, with sufficient details for downstream manufacturing processes
4. To produce drawings of detailed design according to established industrial standards
5. To use the Designing Triad to understand the relationship between the User, the Designer and the Maker, and as an design approach
6. To research on users’ needs in the context of use and to produce a list of design requirements
7. To produce and to communicate conceptual designs
8. To develop a concept into a detailed design with human factor considerations
9. To communicate detailed designs in human and machine readable formats
10. To produce a semi-working aesthetic prototype to communicate a detailed design
11. To produce a professional portfolio to communicate a detailed design of an artefact and its benefits demonstrating that user needs are satisfied within the context of use
12. To demonstrate the ability to use manufacturers specification of standard components and to incorporate them in ones detailed design
13. To evaluate a design objectively against design requirements.

This module addresses the following AHEP codes:
D1i: Be aware of business, customer and user needs, including considerations such as the wider engineering context, public perception and aesthetics
D2i: Define the problem identifying any constraints including environmental and sustainability limitations; ethical, health, safety, security and risk issues; intellectual property; codes of practice and standards
D4i: Apply problem-solving skills, technical knowledge and understanding to create or adapt designs solutions that are fit for purpose including operation, maintenance, reliability etc
D5i: Manage the design process, including cost drivers, and evaluate outcomes
D6: Communicate their work to technical and non-technical audiences
EA3i: Ability to use the results of engineering analysis to solve engineering problems and to recommend appropriate action
G1: Apply their skills in problem solving, communication, information retrieval, working with others and the effective use of general IT facilities
P2i: Understanding of and ability to use relevant materials, equipment, tools, processes, or products
P3i: Knowledge and understanding of workshop and laboratory practice
P4i: Ability to use and apply information from technical literature
P6i: Ability to use appropriate codes of practice and industry standards
SM1i: Knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles underpinning relevant technologies, and their evolution

Skills outcomes
Visual communication
Desktop publishing
Portfolio presentation
Computer aided design


- Contemporary product design history and its influences on today’s practice
- Enabling technologies in product design and changing users’ needs
- Manual sketches communicating key aspects of products
- Manufacturing processes including injection moulding, sheet metal and other common ones
- Detailed design of parts for specific manufacturing processes
- Solid modelling using a CAD system: sketches over images, spline, swept, loft, shell, intersection, union, draft, hole, boss, rib, rendering
- Exploded drawing in perspective: assembly sequence, alignment, balloons, bill of materials
- General assembly in orthogonal projections: third angle projection, views, layouts, sections, key dimensions
- Detailed drawings: partial enlarged views, full dimensioning, drawing templates, BS8888 and LUMED (Leeds University Mechanical Engineering Drawing and Design Handbook) drawing standards
- Designing Triad: the User, the Designer, the Maker; and designed artefact for users in the context of use
- Ergonomics and anthropometric data
- Design requirements
- Time management enabling regular and meaning progress
- Conceptual designs
- Standard components and the use of their manufacturers specifications
- Detailed design
- Semi-working aesthetic prototype using 3D printing and other commonly used prototyping techniques
- High quality presentation using DTP (desktop publishing software): communicating target users, the context of use, product storyboard
- Focus group study
- Design evaluation

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours153.00
Total Contact hours47.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Assignment 1: Portfolio - 30 hours
Assignment 2: Portfolio - 100 hours
Assignment 3: Portfolio - 23 hours

- 50 Things that Make the Modern Living posters on a mass-produced product innovation promotes self-directed learning.
- Manufacturing Processes seminars develop understanding of mass production methods and their application to detailed design of parts
- CAD Practicals develop skills in 3D free-form solid modelling and 2D draughting
- Designing Triad project promotes problem based learning and develops visual presentation skills

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

An online discussion board will be monitored during specified times each week, plus seminars, drop-in sessions (tutorials) and other interactive activities.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PortfolioDesigning Triad - 50 Things that Make Modern Living and three design directions. Five A3 pages25.00
PortfolioDesigning Triad - General assembly and manufacturing drawings. Various, about 10 pages of drawings of various sizes.50.00
PortfolioDesigning Triad - Prototype and final presentation25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Provided the candidate has engaged sufficiently with the delivery of the module, a personalised alternative individual task will be made available as a resit based on the learning outcomes that the student has failed to achieve.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2024 16:16:42


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