Research in Engineering and Aviation

Teaching Consumer Product Design to Engineering Students.

October/November 2008

Author(s): Condoor, S., & Doty, H.

ASME 2008 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Volume 9, pp. 343-349, October/November 2008. DOI: 10.1115/IMECE2008-69197


Consumer product design blends engineering and industrial design principles, and marketing strategies to bring functional, aesthetic products to market. While competitions motivate a diverse set of students to churn out products/ventures, a systematic approach for tackling consumer product design tasks and case studies that demonstrate the approach greatly benefit a number of students by focusing their design efforts. The paper elaborates such an approach using a case study highlighting the thought process. The case study involves the design of an innovative keychain. While the case study was primarily mechanical engineering in scope addressed by a student team of mechanical engineers, the approach outlined in the paper is generic and can be applied to product designs involving other disciplines.