15.783J / 2.739J Product Design and Development

Spring 2006

Illustration for a tray table being designed.
This drawing of a tray table is an example of the in-depth design involved in the final project of the class. (Image courtesy of Lane Ballard, Tom Burns, John Celmins, Paul Glomski, Amber Mazooji, Minja Penttila, Chris Piscitelli, and Tomer Posner.)

Course Highlights

This course features many resources from the class, including lecture notes for most sessions and an online textbook given in the readings section (Product Design and Development, co-written by Prof. Steven Eppinger). In addition, both projects guidelines and examples are available.

Course Description

Product Design and Development is a project-based course that covers modern tools and methods for product design and development. The cornerstone is a project in which teams of management, engineering, and industrial design students conceive, design and prototype a physical product. Class sessions are conducted in workshop mode and employ cases and hands-on exercises to reinforce the key ideas. Topics include identifying customer needs, concept generation, product architecture, industrial design, and design-for-manufacturing.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Steven Eppinger
Prof. Thomas Roemer
Prof. Warren Seering
Prof. Matthew Kressy

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session



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