• Question: As time passed did your product change much?

    Asked by time022jam to Tom, Sanjeev, Orla, Fiona, Eimear, Cillian on 3 Mar 2020.
    • Photo: Tom Hodgkinson

      Tom Hodgkinson answered on 3 Mar 2020:

      We are always trying to improve the things we make, trying out new techniques and testing new theories in the lab. This can be making small changes to the things we have already developed or taking completely new ideas no one has tested before and seeing what happens. It’s one of things that makes this job so much fun.

    • Photo: Orla McGee

      Orla McGee answered on 3 Mar 2020:

      I’m working on developing a different process of making a device called a stent and it’s very early stages. Due to the fact it’s in the early stages and it hasn’t been done before we are testing loads of different designs to learn what works and what doesn’t. This mean the design has changed a lot in the past few months. I love this because it means I get to come up with lots of new ideas and test them all out. It’s actually quite fun and it’s very exciting when you get things to work.

    • Photo: Fiona Malone

      Fiona Malone answered on 3 Mar 2020:

      Oh yeah, all the time! Part of the design process is to revise it and make changes for the better.

    • Photo: Eimear O'Hara

      Eimear O'Hara answered on 3 Mar 2020:

      I’m at such an early stage of making a new shoulder implant that things are changing all the time. Every time I 3D print a new one, I learn something new and how I can make it even better than the last design

    • Photo: Cillian Thompson

      Cillian Thompson answered on 4 Mar 2020:

      Yes absolutely, and I expect that it will change plenty more before I am finished. The thing about engineering is that often you will need to design something over and over again so that it works we call this ‘Design Iterations’. I am still at the early stage of my project so I am coming up with lots of different ways to get the job done which can be very exciting!

    • Photo: Sanjeev Kumar

      Sanjeev Kumar answered on 11 Mar 2020:

      Yes, you know companies generally define the specifications of a product based on the users’ requirements.
      Recently, I was involved in the design of a wristwatch-based sensor device for wireless health monitoring. Currently, this device can measure heart rate and blood oxygen saturation level of a person. However, when required, the product can be modified, and other sensors can be incorporated into the device. The new sensor can be used to measure body temperature, blood pressure etc. Furthermore, if asked, the shape and size of the product can also be modified to meet the user’s requirements.