BISS DP Design TechnologyHow aware of design are you? (Planning and Development)Planning a household appliance: the Domestic IronInvestigate the design of the domestic iron by considering the following questions.Also examine the iron you have at home to assist you in your investigation. Lateryou will design and develop an innovative Iron 1. Some of the pictures on this page give us clues about the origins of the domestic iron. Find out about the first irons and how and where they were used. 2. Look at your iron at home. What materials are used in its construction? Or try to identify as many as possible. Be detailed! Saying plastic or metal is not good enough, do research to see what materials are used to manufacture an iron. 3. How is heat produced? and how is it controlled? 4. How is heat prevented from burning your hand while you iron? 5. Does the handle get hot during the use of the iron? 6. How does the iron stand when it is not in use or between use? Is there a stand to help it sit? Is it very stable? 7. How effective is the heat control? 8. Does the shape of the iron help in its use? (eg ironing around buttons etc) 9. Is it heavy to use? Should the iron be lighter? Or heavier? Why? 10. Is there any visual indication that the iron is on? 11. Some irons produce steam. Why? 12. What potential problems might arise when using an iron using hot water and steam? Is there any part of the design that assists the user when using these aspects of the iron? 13. If it is a steam iron is there any way you can tell the water level in the iron? 14. Look at the cable inlet into the iron. Is it in the best place? Is it in a difficult place or does it prove awkward to use? 15. Is the electric cable long enough to use the iron safely? Is it too long? How l.ong do you think it should be and state why? 16. Do you think any thought has been given to the styling or aesthetics of the iron? To make it more functional or attractive? Do these two considerations complement each other or conflict? How or why? 17. How could your iron be improved to make it function better while using it? 18. How long have you had the appliance? Has it ever broken down? Or has anything broken or fallen off the appliance? If so give details Read through the following pages to learn more about different design aspects of ahousehold clothes iron and consumer association and the testing that they do. Answer allthe questions in the pages.
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Also answer the following questions Why do you think we need Consumer Associations and why do you think they testproducts for quality and safety? What have you learned from this? In the DT Studio we have a number of Choice Magazines that are the ConsumerAssociation Magazine for Australia. Find tests done on one other household product and describe the specificationstested and what they findings were for those specifications. What kind of tests were they? Name four different things you have learnt from this assignment. Either about theproducts or about the testing processes that have been followed. You are to complete the following exercises to do your firstInternal Investigation. This is a formal assessment of your worktowards your diploma in DT. You are to be assessed on yourPlanning and Development skills. See the assessment sheets for howyou are to be graded for this exercise and ask me if you have anyquestions… Planning Use all of the above information to help you now with the followingexercises Aspect 1 Defining the Problem (2-3 x A4 pages) Introduction to the activity ofdesigning a new Domestic Iron. Draw up a Brainstorm of the project (1 x A4 page) and give a description ofwhy we use this technique. You may include philosophical links or any other important information or data. Aspect 2 Formulating a Design Brief/Research Question (1 x A4 page)Create a design Brief for the investigation. It should state the goal of the investigation. (4-6) sentencesminimum. You can explain what you are intending on doing when you are creating a new Domestic Iron.You also need to list specific research questions that you need to answer so that you can actually goahead and design this iron. Aspect 3 Selecting Specifications (1-2 x A4 pages) Write down detailed andappropriate criteria of what a new “innovative” domestic iron should do or be like. You must suggest or givea test of how you can check if you have met this criteria. What are the priorities for your research for thisnew iron you are proposing to make.
Development The Domestic Clothes Iron.Aspect 1 Creativity (4-5 x A4 pages) Sketch 4 different/innovative Domestic Clothes Irons, trying to think of new details or features that would increase the interest in the appliance by customers. Annotate your design sketches with appropriate design specification details. Create a 3- D detailed rendered sketch of an improved Domestic Clothes Iron with at least three new design specifications and or features that assist or help users of this particular market.Aspect 2 Techniques (2-3 x A4 pages) You are to create a physical scale model of your design. Materials could be Foam board, Cardboard. Try to make your model as realistic as possible. Photographs of your model from different directions and annotation explaining what the details are … Extension exercise to create a 3-D model in a graphic design program eg Sketch-Up where you can spin the model around and view it from any side.Aspect 3 Solution (1 x A3 page) 1. Draw a CAD of your “innovative” Domestic Clothes Iron and include at least 8 key dimensions on the C A Design. If possible create a materials list in the top right hand corner of your Orthographic Drawing.Websites to help you in your research and design workhttp://www.howstuffworks.comhttp://www.oldandinteresting.com/antique-irons-smoothers-mangles.aspxhttp://www.consumersearch.com/steam-irons/reviewshttp://www.goodhousekeeping.com/product-testing/reviews-tests/appliances-electronics/best-irons-0409?click=main_srhttp://www.choice.com.au/Reviews-and-Tests/Household/Laundry-and-cleaning/Ironing/Test-Irons-review-and-compare.aspxhttp://www.designboom.comhttp://www.tuvie.com