Product Design and Development

Illustration for a tray table being designed.

This drawing of a tray table is an example of the in-depth design involved in the final project of the class. (Image courtesy of Lane Ballard, Tom Burns, John Celmins, Paul Glomski, Amber Mazooji, Minja Penttila, Chris Piscitelli, and Tomer Posner.)


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15.783J / 2.739J

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Spring 2006



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Product Design and Development is a project-based course that covers modern tools and methods for product design and development. The cornerstone is a project in which teams of management, engineering, and industrial design students conceive, design and prototype a physical product. Class sessions are conducted in workshop mode and employ cases and hands-on exercises to reinforce the key ideas. Topics include identifying customer needs, concept generation, product architecture, industrial design, and design-for-manufacturing.

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Matthew Kressy, Steven Eppinger, Thomas Roemer, and Warren Seering. 15.783J Product Design and Development. Spring 2006. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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