What does a design engineer look like? They aren’t covered in oil and they don’t spend all day doing calculations. The Ideas Box is your chance to learn more about design engineering and even try a bit of prototyping.
Electric fans have relied on spinning blades to cool people for more than 100 years. But fast-spinning blades chop the air before it hits you and can also be dangerous.
These were the problems that Dyson engineers were trying to solve when creating the Air Multiplier™ fan. It took a team of engineers, scientists and physicists four years to develop.
Good ideas come from identifying problems with existing products and solving them in a creating way.
This is the job of the Research, Design and Development department at Dyson, known as RDD. It’s a top secret department – only the engineers are allowed in.
Hundreds of prototypes are created for each Dyson machine, starting with cardboard models – a simple, cheap, and effective way to test out what something might look like in 3D.
Having a working product is not the end of the design process. You must test your design. It allows you to see what might happen to your product when people start to use it – to find the weak points and improve it.