1-19-10 Prototype - ME 497 MSC 420 PROTOTYPING A crucial...

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PROTOTYPING ME 497 MSC 420
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s A crucial member of the R&D Biomechanical Engineering team, the R&D Engineer assists in the design of dental products, develops product prototypes , conducts both benchtop and computer model studies of product performance and is responsible for data interpretation and study protocol documentation. The successful candidate is a creative and innovative thinker , motivated by curiosity and accomplishment. Duties and Responsibilities: s Complete assigned engineering tasks as a member of the biomechanical engineering team . novate. s Innovate. s Define procedures to evaluate product performance and conduct benchtop testing . s Provide feedback on procedure and product improvement . s Data analysis and interpretation. . s Collaborate with manager and cross-functional team in creating product and test plans. s Generate intellectual property .
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Finding a NEED s Recognize and understand unmet needs of a potential market s Market needs can be new (How can I avoid losing my new USB memory device?) s Market needs can be old (How can I clean my kitchen floor quickly? How can I improve my telephone?) s The new product must provide benefits that respond to unmet market needs.
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Biomechanical Function s Must function mechanically with people or other animals s Mechanical: link, lever, cam, spring, pulley s Function must be substantial s Product must benefit the users to enable and assist them to do something mechanically that they could not do or do well without the product.
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Conventional Methods s People pets – “dust bunnies” on the floor daily s Hair on bathroom floor s Age old problem: Pull out broom & dustpan, mop and bucket, vacuum
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Swiffer s Simple s Light, easy to use s Handle size adjustment expensive s Inexpensive
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Class Swiffer s Students were talking with their mothers about “household needs” s One mother suggested a portable mop – no need for a bucket and water s Students developed a “wet swiffer” – created large handled tube with cleaning solution in the tube and plunger device to squirt cleaning solution out of “mop”
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Swiffer II – idea from our class s Want to remove grime, and needs to be wet s Simple s Light, easy to use s Handle size adjustment s Inexpensive s Mount bottle – disposable – continued purchase
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Swiffer SweeperVac s Hardwood floors s Tile b Pet hair rumbs b Crumbs b Cordless, Quick and Easy
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Start with Market Research s After find a NEED s New product innovation starts with and is based on market research ( ) b Generate ideas b Google idea, see what’s out there , you should NOT be
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This note was uploaded on 10/24/2010 for the course ME ME 497 taught by Professor Bush during the Spring '10 term at Michigan State University.

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1-19-10 Prototype - ME 497 MSC 420 PROTOTYPING A crucial...

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