Diploma in Manufacturing and Product Design - Revised

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All modern economies reward companies that produce innovative products and manufacture them efficiently. This means that people who really understand the design process are in high demand. This free online course will introduce you to product design and the models of the design process, guiding you through the four main types of manufacturing processes and introducing you to important concepts in surface and optical materials engineering.
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  • Duration

    10-15 Hours
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  • Certification

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This course begins with an introduction to product design. You will be shown the key elements of a good design, and you will be introduced to the concepts of designing as model-making and designing as heuristic problem-solving. You will also learn the concepts behind design, creativity, invention, and innovation as well as explore the main models of the design process. The course will then teach you why a design model is useful and show you how to build a simple model.

Next, you will study conceptual design and its importance in the design process. You will learn how to bring ideas to life from concept to prototype to production. Using a number of case studies, you will be able to apply what you have learned in product design specification and manufacturing processes such as casting, forming, cutting and joining. You will then get a strong overview of important concepts in surface engineering and optical materials engineering.

People working in the manufacturing design and product design industry are continuously honing their skills to bring innovative ideas to life. This not only makes the consumers' life easier but also brings more business to the company. This course will teach you the essential product design and manufacturing processes you need to jumpstart a career in this field. It will also be valuable to designers who want to refresh their knowledge of manufacturing and design processes. Check out the course and start improving your design skills today!

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course the learner will be able to:

  • Discuss the concept of design, and characterise good design.
  • Discuss the concept of a design space and prototyping in design.
  • Explain the difference between Engineering and Industrial Design.
  • Discuss the relative importance of a product's form compared with its function.
  • Classify products simply in terms of their basic shape.
  • Discuss the manufacturing processes of Casting, Forming, Cutting and Joining.
  • Define and Discuss what surface engineering is.
  • Recognize and understand the reactions and effects objects can have on light that comes into contact with them. 


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