Undergraduate Degree




DR3003 Advanced Development and Prototyping

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: DR3000; Academic Unit: 4.0]




Academic Unit


4 AU

Course Description


Learning Objective

To develop the rapid prototyping skills of the students. To develop the material skills of the students.


This is a studio-oriented course that uses heavily the resources within the rapid prototyping workshop. Students develop and prototype key elements and phases of the design and learn how to make an appropriate selection of tools and process. The students develop projects in specific and current areas of product design and build their confidence in dealing with conceptualizing, developing, detailing and building prototypes. Students develop the ability to pay close attention to the practical details of the construction of these prototypes. This course prepares students for real world situations while allowing them to develop a portfolio of detailed and prototyped products.

Course Outline




• Intro to course

2 - 6

• Lecture 1. Principles of user centred design approach, exploration techniques of user experience 

- Project: Class Exercise

- Project: Class Exercise

• Lecture 2. Research methods in product design, surveys, analysis and presentation of results

- Project: Introduction to main project. 

- Project: Main project ideation and Research

- Project: Main project user survey

• Lecture 3. The consideration and application of emerging technologies 

- Project: Main project presentation of research


• Mid Sem review of assignments

8 - 12

- Project: Main project concept generation

- Project: Main project tutorials

- Project: Design refinement, mock-up model fabrication 

- Project: Main project tutorials


• Final review of assignments

Learning Outcome

The students will have developed an awareness of the material and form-centred costs of product design. The students will have a developed workshop-centred skill-set.

Student Assessment

  1. Final Assessment: 40%

  2. Continuous Assessment: 60% (of which at least 15% is participation)

Continuous assessment components may include:

  • Studio-based exercises and projects

  • Individual, group and team-based assignments


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  3. J G Bralla (Ed), Handbook of Product Design for Manufacturing, McGraw-Hill

  4. J Lesko, Industrial Design: Materials and Manufacturing, John Wiley & Sons

  5. Y Shimuzu, T Kojima, S Matsuda, Models and Prototypes, Books Nippon

  6. N Trudeau, Professional Modelmaking: A Handbook of Techniques and Materials for Architects and Designers, Watson-Guptill Publications