Sustainable Product Design and Innovation

An introductory course that examines topics from magnetism and electricity to electronics and microcomputers. A hands-on, experiential learning environment is used to stimulate creativity and understanding of the importance of electronics in today's society. Two-hour lecture, three-hour lab. Fall, Spring.

Introduction to the graphic language used in product design for students with little or no previous experience with drafting or CAD. Freehand sketching, instrumental expression, and the use of computer-assisted standard drafting techniques and practices are explored. Previous experience with Windows-based operating systems. Two-hour lecture, three-hour lab. Fall, Spring.

Explore the promotion of world views through the power of visual communications. Apply the tools of many different academic fields to "see more" and become more visually and media literate. Develop interdisciplinary creative problem-solving skills, build your academic portfolio, and contribute to a collaborative service-learning project. Four-hour seminar. Fall.

This course is a multidisciplinary exploration of technology that encourages students to assess the intended and unintended consequences of technical solutions through cultural, scientific, technological, economic, social, and political lenses. Students will research self-selected topics to understand current issues and to select socially responsible solutions. Four-hour seminar. Spring.

Product design involves the integration of human and aesthetic aspects with technological and production aspects in the creation of manufactured products. This first in a series of courses in product design includes areas of human/object interface, product form, product innovation, and an introduction to eco-design. Fall, Spring.

Apply tools of many different disciplines to explore national and international issues surrounding "Peak Oil" - impacts of dwindling supplies of fossil fuels, environmental and social costs of energy conversion processes, national energy polices, and grassroots activism. Develop interdisciplinary problem-solving skills by promoting sustainable solutions in a service-learning project. Four-hour seminar. Spring.

Focus on woodworking systems in mass production applications and one-of-a-kind manufacturing. Emphasis is on problem-solving and creativity in laboratory activities. Function, maintenance, safety, and use of tools, machinery, and materials, including supportive theory. Two-hour lecture, three-hour lab.

Deals with the processes involved with machining, casting, and fabricating metal. Shop safety, proper use of hand and measuring tools, and the use of machine tools are covered. Valuable prototyping skills are covered. Two-hour lecture, three-hour lab. Fall, Spring.

Graphic representation of objects intended for manufacture using three-dimensional computer-aided drafting software. Parametric solid modeling of parts and assemblies and creating orthographic view drawings uses SolidWorks software. Previous experience with Windows, Orthographic Drawing, and 2D CAD is expected. SPDI 121 is recommended prior to this course or permission of instructor.

A continuation of Product Design I, emphasis is on rational methods for developing designs in team settings. Basic engineering methods of analysis are introduced to evaluate design structures and mechanisms. Alternative design options are evaluated using analytical techniques. Project planning fundamentals of time and budget emulate industrial development practices. Prerequisite: SPDI 152 or permission of instructor. Spring.

Fundamental properties of a wide range of materials are covered emphasizing mechanical and physical properties and manufacturing processes. A material life-cycle view provides transparency to the human health and environmental effects. Lectures, labs, and field trips will be used. Two-hour lecture, three-hour lab. Spring.

The design, production, and finishing of furniture, cabinets, and millwork. The historical development of cabinetry as well as contemporary material and processes are covered. Exploration of advanced woodworking processes in the laboratory. Two-hour lecture, three-hour lab. Prerequisite: SPDI 170 or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

Parts will be designed, programmed, and created using CAD and MasterCAM software and CNC mills. CNC machine set up and interface are covered. The class will consist of several projects over the semester combined with lab and lecture time. Two-hour lecture, three-hour lab. Prerequisite: SPDI 180 and SPDI 121 or SPDI 221, or permission of instructor. Spring.

Study of a selected topic in the Sustainable Product Design and Innovation program. May be repeated as topics change. Prerequisites vary with topics. Fall, Spring.

Introductory work-learning experience related to career interests, for which compensation may be received. Positions arranged by students with sponsorship, approval, and evaluation by full-time faculty. Elective credit only (normally 60 hours/credit) to maximum of 12 credits per degree program. Prerequisites: 24 total credits earned, 2.0 cumulative GPA, and permission of instructor. Graded Pass/Fail. Fall, Spring.

An opportunity for a qualified student to explore work in an area of individual interest, selected and pursued in consultation with a faculty member. Consent is required from the instructor who will supervise the independent study. May be repeated for a total of 4 credits.

Parametric, solid modeling is used to create complex parts, surfaces and assemblies, in the context of problem-solving and critical thinking to generate effective prototyping strategies. Applications using SolidWorks software include sheet metal parts, virtual stress analysis, design tables and parametric databases, ANSI and ISO standard engineering drawings and GD & T. Prerequisite: SPDI 221. Fall.

This course is the third in the product design series. Specific design projects are undertaken, which require an advanced knowledge of computer-aided design/manufacturing. Topics include initial product design, product specifications, prototype fabrication, and evaluation. Two-hour lecture, three-hour lab. May be repeated once with the permission of instructor. Prerequisites: SPDI 252 and SPDI 221, or permission of instructor. Spring.

Organization and implementation of a student-managed industrial enterprise, including a general overview of economic systems and corporate structure. Emphasizes laboratory covering design, production and distribution of marketable consumer products. Two-hour lecture, three-hour lab. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above. Fall.

Study of a selected topic in the Sustainable Product Design and Innovation program at an advanced level. May be repeated as topics change. Prerequisites vary with topics. Fall, Spring.

Sequential work-learning experience for which compensation may be received. Positions arranged by students with sponsorship, approval, and evaluation by full-time faculty. Elective credit only (normally 60/hours credit) to maximum of 12 credits per program. Prerequisites: SPDI 294, 2.0 cumulative GPA, declaration of major, and permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Graded Pass/Fail. Fall, Spring.

SPDI495 Seminar

1-4 credits

Small-group discussion of problems and issues in Sustainable Product Design and Innovation. May be repeated as topics change. Fall, Spring.

Advanced independent study of various fields of Sustainable Product Design and Innovation through independent reading, writing, laboratory work, or field investigation. Requires a written report. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. May be repeated for a total of 4 credits. Fall, Spring.