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The engineering process is the sequence of steps engineers use to design functional products and processes. It is an iterative method that can be used to develop prototypes and enhance existing solutions. It’s also a fantastic method to develop problem-solving skills and develop an “design under constraints” mentality. The process of engineering design is similar to the scientific method however it differs in the way that scientists conduct experiments, while engineers work with imagination and design.

Determine the Cause

The first step is to determine the requirements for the success of the project. This requires lots of brainstorming, and often requires the engineer to consider the constraints (e.g. available time, materials, tools) while generating potential solutions. This step also requires an engineer to evaluate the various options by identifying their strengths and weaknesses before selecting the best solution to accomplish the objective of the project.

Get Ideas

Engineers have the option of choosing from a variety of methods to create solutions, which range anywhere from brainstorming to discussion to 2D CAD modelling and animation. The resulting solutions can be visualized and compared with the requirements of the problem to help find the best solution.

After the final solution is decided The next step is to design a prototype of the item. It could be as simple as drawing a sketch on paper or an actual working prototype made using CAD software. This step allows the engineer the opportunity to test the final product and determine if it achieves the desired objectives.