In the scope of the curricular unit of Advanced Production Technologies students needed to develop a production and business plan/model making use of one or more advanced manufacturing technologies (additive fabrication, microtechnology, nanotechnology and/or others) and settled in a Circular Economy model. The product to be developed within this project should be the product developed at Engineering and Product Development course in the previous year. The thematic of the Engineering and Product Development in the academic year of 2016-2017 was mobility products. Students that didn’t have this course were allowed to develop different products.
The development of the assignment intends that students develop and consolidate the knowledge on advanced manufacturing technologies, specially the relations between materials and their properties, processing and transformation technologies, and the economic aspects involved. The assignment encompasses the following points:
- The context of the proposed product, presenting it as a solution to the opportunity, need or challenge postulated and based in a number of feasible technologies, as well as in a business model potentially practicable.
- The development of the production process, this is, the description of how the product is produced.
- The production developing process, including:
a) Product requisites (properties);
b) Materials (raw materials), and selection justification with the properties required by the product, cost, environmental and safety impacts, and processability of the material. Students should indicate alternatives, wherever possible.
c. Production technologies, and selection justification by referring to the processing capacity, other eventual applications, product quality, production rate, typical process cost, design considerations and environmental and safety impacts.
- Report of a visit to at least one industrial unit that represents a stakeholder of the project. A stakeholder company is a partner company. It is a company that can be a potential supplier, customer or competitor.
- Present a business model to explore the product, using e.g. the “Lean Business Model Canvas”
- And, finally a summary of the work and final considerations of the production process and of the business model.
The assignment was developed in groups of 3 to 4 students and represented 50% of the final grade of the course.
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(from students that didn’t have Engineering and Product Development course)