Unit One

Looking at new and emerging technologies in product design

Unit One
By the end of the unit, you will all be able to:

  • Explain the impact of new and emerging technologies on tools and equipment
  • Explain how robotics have affected the workplace
  • Describe co-operative and fair trade organisations
  • Understand that new technologies need to be developed and produced in a sustainable way
  • Be aware of the impact that excessive use of certain resources has on the environment
  • Understand how technology push and market pull affect consumer choice and employment
  • Describe how changes in fashion and trends affect designers and manufacturers
  • Understand contemporary and potential future use of automation, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM)
  • Understand how products can be designed to be repaired and recycled

To be secure in your learning, you should also be able to:

  • Demonstrate how computers and automation have changed manufacturing through the use of robotics
  • Explain how the design of the workplace has been affected by changes in technology
  • Describe how workplace layout affects throughput
  • Understand how the environment can be protected by responsible design and manufacturing
  • Understand how waste can be disposed of with the least impact on the planet
  • Understand the positive and negative impacts new products have on the environment
  • Identify changes in job roles due to the emergence of new ways of working
  • Be aware of ethical and environmental concerns when designing with new technologies

To achieve the higher grades you should also be able to:

  • Demonstrate how innovation can drive product development and enterprise including the use of crowd funding and virtual marketing
  • Understand how new products can have both a positive and negative impact on society
  • Be able to recognise and characterise the use of Flexible Manufacturing Systems (FMS)
  • Understand how Just In Time (JIT) and Lean Manufacturing contribute to manufacturing efficiencies
  • Be able to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of planned obsolescence from different perspectives

Unit vocabulary includes:

Emerging technology, robotics, crowd funding, virtual marketing, retail, co-operatives, fair trade, finite, non-finite, technology push, market pull, pollution, global warming, automation, CAD, CAM, FMS, JIT, lean manufacturing, planned obsolescence.

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