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RD 420/421

Research and Development



Final Project


The goal of this project is to encourage students to apply the product development concepts discussed in this course to a real world product or research project. Upon completion of the project, students should be familiar with all aspects of product development including concept development, manufacturability, and marketing feasibility. A final written report is required. Use 3rd person, past tense. Each project should minimally consist of the following:



Concept Development


  • Include copies of the pages of your design notebook with content pertaining to the development of the project

  • Include any napkin sketches, etc. pertaining to the development of the concept.


Research Prior Art


      • Briefly summarize the literature and prior art (patents related to your product)

      • If applicable, indicate how your product is different than others currently on the market.

      • Discuss possible trademarks for any products or services that may arise from this project.


Build Models/Prototypes


  • Apply fabrication methods shown in class (or others) to develop prototype(s) of products.

  • Keep models/prototypes that didn’t turn out as you wished and explain what you learned from them






  • Show through either physical testing or engineering analysis how your product meets all functional and safety requirements.

  •  Show any product revisions performed as a result of testing and/or analysis





  • Select manufacturing processes for each for each of the components in your product. Indicate why this process should be used for the manufacture of the component compared to other processes available and applicable.

  • If applicable, show sample product using the selected processes



Business Plan


  • Executive Summary

  • Indicate why/how your product is saleable

  • Market Analysis

  • Company profile

  • Indicate total product cost, including costs of individual components, costs of assembly, costs of tooling, etc.

  • Indicate assumptions used in costing, for example, if you have neglected cost of inventory, state why.


No points have been assigned to each of the categories as it is understood that each project will vary in the amount of effort put forth in each of the categories. Bear in mind this is a hands on course, so significant effort will be expected in the build models/prototypes category.  Projects will be graded based on the collective amount of the effort put forth.

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