Criterion E

Criterion E

Nearly finished now.  Only two Criteria left.  This one is about how you'd build it for commercial production.

Because you built a prototype of your design, it's understood that you would make changes to the design before sending to production at a manufacturing plant.  Criterion E is all about those changes:

  1. First, explain the changes you'd make to your design that would make it more suitable for commercial manufacture.  These should include using different materials and different manufacturing techniques.  Materials might change in order to manufacture more inexpensively, to improve volume flow, or for better material characteristics than your prototype materials.  Manufacturing techniques might change in order to produce higher volume (injection molding, anyone?), reduce waste, or improve performance of the part.  Of course this just scratches the surface; you shouldn't feel limited by this list!
  2. Justify your materials for commercial production.  Just as you did in Criterion C for the prototype materials, here you'll talk about your choices for final production.
  3. Justify your choices for manufacturing techniques.  Again, as you did in Criterion C for your prototype, you'll discuss and offer reasons for your choice of techniques for commercial production.

Keep your specifications from Criterion A in mind - everything relates back to those because that's how you identify whether you're successful or not.  Justify your choices based on those specifications and you'll be on very solid ground.  You might also want to review materials from Topic 4, it was packed with information about working with materials.  There's also this article on Wikipedia that provides a pretty concise list of industrial processes.

When you've finished your initial Criterion E, you're ready to click through.


Before you send your Criterion in for review, you'll want to take a long hard look at the revised rubric & guideline sheet.

One of the revisions is a new column on the rubric, which allows you to record where, in your document, you've met the associated requirements.  When you turn in a draft section or Criterion, you'll be expected to turn in a copy of this form, too, with page numbers filled in.  For example, you'll need to turn in a copy of the "E: Production" tab along with your Criterion E draft (a pdf copy of the page is fine; best if you include it as part of your draft).  In the pg# column, write down next to the checklist item where in your document that can be most clearly found.  (Hint: one page number per Pg# column isn't a top effort here, you need to indicate page numbers for each item in the checklist.)

Once you have those collected, go ahead and send them over to Number 1.

Ok, Visitor.  That's off for review.  Now it's time to get started on Criterion F: Marketing strategies.  Now that you have a commercial production plan, you need to get your marketing department planning done so there will be a huge consumer demand once your product starts rolling off the production line.  I expect you to have this Criterion ready by February 25th, so start writing right away!

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