Answer to essential questions from Unit 3.4

(1.)Here are six purposes of reverse engineering a product:
1. Reverse engineering is the process of generating the technical data required to duplicate a product functionally and dimensionally.
2. Reverse engineering is a way to teach the engineering design process in a hands-on, intuitive way.
3. Reverse engineering is the development of an operational understanding of a product.
4. Reverse engineering is the process of benchmarking a product's cost, performance and functionality.
5. Reverse engineering is an element of product redesign, improvement and evolution.
6. Reverse engineering is the process of analyzing a subject system to create representations of the system at a higher level of abstraction.

(2.) Two practices associated with group brainstorming are:
1. Writing down as many ideas as possible regardless of their true importance
2. Evaluating and listening to everyone’s ideas and before throwing out anybody’s ideas.

(3.)Brainstorming as a team is important when modifying or improving a product because design teams use brainstorming techniques to generate large numbers of ideas in short time periods. Engineers conduct research to develop their knowledge base, stimulate creative ideas, and make informed decisions.

(4.)Some factors to consider when enhancing an existing product is to determine primary and secondary market segments. Assess the product's availability and near substitutes. Survey the market for competitive and similar products. Examine market pricing and economics.tor the market and your competition continually to reassess pricing. Calculate the internal cost structure and understand how pricing interacts with the offering.

(5.) A design brief is used to:
  • Define exactly what needs to be done
  • Ensure that the designer and the client understand each other
  • List the products limitations and is used to compile researched information on the product.

(6.) A Technical Report is one of the basic components of business communication. It is a document that encompasses all aspects of a project, process or results of a research process. However, mostly, it is used to document a research process whether it is technical or scientific. Technical Reports are used for dissemination of important information about the research processes in an organization. Organizations that sponsor the research procedure are given these reports for evaluation and review purpose.


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