The Importance Of The Engineering Design Process

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The engineering design processes role is to serve as the framework/guidelines that will aid the robotics designer in either improving a current robotics system or helping him/her design a new one. The engineering design process is a five step system that helps to develop a solution from infancy all the way through to implementation. The engineering design process does relates to the various system development processes in that it will be used to for the design of those systems (robotic legs, arms, sensors, joints, etc.) We can better understand this relationship by further expanding our knowledge of the correlation between the engineering design process and the robotic design process. As previously stated, the engineering design process consists of five steps that (when followed in sequential order) aid the engineer in developing a solution to a design problem. The robotics design process contains six steps that also start at defining the problem. If an engineer were to use this process he/she would be lead to an end result of a fully functioning robot. To further break down these processes we will take a look at each processes step and associate the likeness between the two (where the engineering design process has been implemented). We will begin with the engineering design process, it's five steps are, "defining the problem, gathering pertinent information, generating multiple solutions, analyzing and selecting a solution, and finally testing and implementing the selected solution" (Khandani 2005). When an engineer begins to define the problem, they will start by identifying and establishing a need. This need serves as the foundation for the entire engineering design process by providing it with a "why". For example, an engi... ... middle of paper ... ... it, and verifying it. This step will also require documentation, and if the prototype is a successes it may even require filing for a patent. Depending upon the engineer, organization, and market, this process may be sped up through concurrent engineering. The fifth step in the robotic design process is programming and testing the robot. The goal of this step is, "to test your robot to see if it truly does what you want it to do" (www.galileo.org 2017). The sixth step is to evaluate the robot, meaning evaluating both the design and the planning process. As you have read above the robotics design process implements all of the characteristics of the the engineering design process and simply gears them towards robotics. It is important to understand these processes as they not only apply to robotics, but to everything you see around you, cars, televisions, fans, etc.
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