Accessories used with devices such as mobile phones or MP3 players are often designed for a specific audience or group of consumers in terms of aesthetics and functionality. In this project, an amplifier or speaker case is designed for a specific target audience. The design thinking process that underlies this project involves developing an understanding of the end users and the market for this type of device. Subsequent stages include the development of concepts which are transformed into virtual and physical prototypes utilizing rapid prototyping technologies that include 3D printing and/or laser cutting. These prototypes can subsequently be tested, refined and integrated into a final presentation.
For the amplifier or speaker case project the first task is to develop basic skills in using Autodesk® Inventor® software to develop concepts as part of the Design Thinking ideation stage. After completing the sample amplifier or speaker case students are encouraged to develop The project concentrates on the design and manufacture of an MP3 Amplifier using a range of sketching and software, alongside laser cutting and 3D printing processes their own designs and apply their knowledge of the software to generate multiple c oncepts for alternative designs.