An Example Format for Design Project Reports

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Portable User Fr. Flexible Durable Total Weighting
Portable 1.00 0.33 3.00 1.00 5.33 0.22
User Fl. 3.00 1.00 5.00 3.00 12.00 0.49
Flexible 0.33 0.20 1.00 0.33 1.87 0.08
Durable 1.00 0.33 3.00 1.00 5.33 0.22
Figure 1. Example of AHP Pair wise Comparison Chart to Determine Weighting for Main
Objective Categories
3.0 Revised Needs Statement and Target Specifications
Using the initial problem statement and the knowledge gathered from the customer needs, describe
a revised needs statement that provides a more concise description of the design problem.
Clearly define the target specifications and the design criteria that define the problem (generated
from the customer requirements and engineering standards). Include the initial justification for the
specifications and the metrics (how “meeting the specs” will be measured), referring to customer
requirements and benchmarking results as appropriate. Also describe how the specifications were
checked with the customer to ensure they meet their needs.
4.0 External Search
This section should include information gathered from numerous sources about the design
problem and the product, process, or system that is at the center of the design problem. Focus
primarily on the information that is pertinent to the revised needs statement and target
specifications. Sources should include library, internet, magazines, patents, observations of actual
products, discussions with “experts”, etc.
You should also perform a patent search to determine the key technologies used in similar
designs. Focus on utility patents (looking at function) and not cosmetic patents (focusing on
artistic design).
Evaluate the patents and information sources, and clearly state what impact they have on the
development of your project.
Also, summarize your business opportunity, and make reference to your "Business Opportunity
Statement" in the Appendix.
4.1 Benchmarking
This section should identify all commercially available products, processes, or systems that
attempt to address all or a significant part of the needs statement that your project is addressing.
Create a benchmarking table that compares numerous applicable features. Note that not all
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