4) Designing your mechanism: Anticipating Problems and Creating Solutions

a) Anticipating Problems

 

  1. Color: The color is a problem because this is what determines if it will be catchy enough for people to buy.
  2. Time: The Time is problem because I have a fixed amount of time when I have to make my product.
  3. Materials: The materials are a problem (this is also linked in to the color) because I might not find a material that fits exactly with my gears.
  4. Size: The size is a problem because the product cannot be big but my product will not work if it is small.
  5. Weight: The weight of the umbrella spinner is a problem because it not meant to be portable but you do have to move it in to the house and it can’t be heavy.
  6. Testing: The testing part is important and is a problem because there might be some testing against specification that I might not be able to try on my product.
  7. Trash: When I finish my product the water that is left is the problem and when I am designing it I have to make a place where I can drain the water.
  8. Cost: The cost is a problem because if I use too much money to build my product, my clients will have to buy it very expensively.
  9. Shape: The shape of the product is a problem because I have to find a shape of the cover that fits my gears perfectly.
  10. Style: The style is a problem because when I am designing my product, it has to be something that all people will like and not just a preference of one person.
  11. Transportation: The transportation of the product is a problem (this is also linked in to weight) because it can’t be heavy because I cannot carry it around when in making.

 

b)    Brainstorming of Possible Solutions

 

  1. Color: I have decided to make my product using semi- transparent material so I won’t have a problem deciding what color I am going to use.
  2. Time: Before I start making the product, I will measure the time that we have exactly and how much it will take for me to finish each stage. I will alter the time so that I can finish before the deadline.
  3. Materials: The way to fix this problem is to go around to every shop in advance to find if the materials I need are there. If they are not, I can make my own funnels using bendable plastic.
  4. Size: Before I make the product, I will measure the potential size that it will match and I will make a final mock up and build it the way that it says on the paper.
  5. Weight: Before I make the product, I will weigh different materials and see what my products weight will be like compared to ordinary items.
  6. Testing: Because we have to try at least some of the testing against specifications, before I make the product, I will check the testing against specifications that I can do and I will make them work.
  7. Trash: There are holes in the mechanisms that will help draining water and I will test it to see if it works and fix the problem if needed.
  8. Cost: I will use materials that I can find in the house to make my product if I can.
  9. Shape: Because the shape of the gears are circles, I will choose a plastic cylinder which has a circle for its top.
  10. Style: The style is a problem because when I am designing my product, it has to be something that all people will like and not just a preference of one person.
  11. Transportation: I will use materials that are light so that it will be easier to carry when I am making things.