Human factors, form, and ergonomics

Engineering
Level
Advanced
Software
Fusion 360
Time
1-5 hours
In this course, we’ll use human factors, ergonomics, and user-centered design methods and standards to carry out the mechanical engineering design of a desktop 3D printer. Working within a specified brief, we'll integrate international standards that'll help you to build your technical knowledge to...

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In this course, we’ll use human factors, ergonomics, and user-centered design methods and standards to carry out the mechanical engineering design of a desktop 3D printer. Working within a specified brief, we'll integrate international standards that'll help you to build your technical knowledge to ensure your 3D printer design meets the standards and needs of the user. 

We'll apply user analysis methods to design for the intended user and to predict and identify characteristics that give us a realistic understanding of the end user. Then, we'll use task analysis to systematically describe user interactions to better match human capabilities to the demands of the printer system. Next, we'll use anthropometric analysis to identify and collect statistical data from key parts of the human body to identify where we might optimize the 3D printer. Finally, we'll use focus groups to gather important feedback and opinions from 3D printer users.

After completing this course, you'll be able to:

  • Use human factors, form, ergonomics, and user-centered design methods to develop user analysis, task analysis, and anthropometric analysis for the mechanical engineering and design of a desktop 3D printer.

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Getting started

  • Getting started videos.zip 64.35 MB
  • Course Resources.zip 8.72 MB
  • Fusion 360 User Interface Update Overview.mp4_.zip 17.41 MB

Instructor guide Human factors, form, and ergonomics guide

  • Instructor Guide_Human factors, form and ergonomics instructor guide.pdf 206.21 KB PREVIEW

Lesson 1: Human factors, form, and ergonomics. In this lesson, we'll use human factors, ergonomics, and user-centered design methods and standards to consider the mechanical engineering design of a desktop 3D printer.

  • Activities.zip 833.36 KB

Course challenge assignment Following your research and conclusions carried out in the course, you will create at least three Personas for your end user.

  • C1_Challenge_Assignment.zip 89.66 KB

Course assessment Test your skills and showcase your knowledge by demonstrating your actual skills, expertise, or just see where you stand.

  • Assessments.zip 20.38 KB