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Sketch Model Review
Mockup Model Review
Assembly Review
Tech Review
Final Presentation

Technical Review

background, review elements, grading, logistics, results

The goal of the technical review is to inform instructors about the state of your functional, final prototype and to obtain critical feedback. This feedback will help you prioritize improvements for the final presentation. The review will help you learn how to factually present a product prototype to colleagues in a professional working context and obtain design feedback.

The review will be held during the evening, as indicated in the class schedule. Examples from prior technical reviews are on the right. You can also view projects from other years in the gallery (select a project and the click on the technical review link). The communication instructors have also prepared helpful annotated videos on presentation structure and terminology.

Key review elements
The review is an informal, interactive prototype demonstration. Think of it as a mostly show (demonstration), not tell, presentation. Be ready to have reviewers using your prototype.

Instructors will work in teams so that you will demonstrate for 15 minutes, have 15 minutes off, and then demonstrate again to a different pair of instructors. In total you will have four 15 minute demo sessions.

The review contributes to a portion of your shared team-wide grade and all course instructors will participate in the review process.

This is a technical design review, so important aspects that will be considered include:

  • Mechanical design details
  • Human factors/form/aesthetics
  • System integration
  • Details/prototype execution/manufacturing
  • Performance quality/safety/reliability

Instructors and mentors will attend the review and will meet immediately following to discuss each prototype, but your team instructors will determine your final grade.

After you have received written feedback via email from instructors, complete your milestone reflection in your design notebook.


Before the review, the review, after the review

Before the review
If a special location or other arrangements are needed to demonstrate your prototype, please let the course instructor know no later than Friday evening before the review.

You should have a large poster that clearly highlights critical functional specifications (from your product contract). You can schedule a time for help with plotting on Sunday afternoon.

Be prepared to let instructors use your prototype. During the evening, your team will also be asked to give a 5 minute demonstration to be video taped for the website. Your team should plan this demonstration in advance of the review.

Work on the machine shop side of the lab will cease at 4:45 PM, but you will have shop access through to 7 PM.

The review
The review will be in the Pappalardo lab from 7-8:30 PM on the date indicated in the course schedule.

Instructors will divide into 4 small groups and be assigned to different teams. Every 15 minutes the instructors will switch to a different team according to the schedule below. The rotation will be structured so that you will have 15 minutes on, then 15 minutes off. In total, you will have four 15 minute review sessions.

There needs to be space to let instructors use the prototypes, so students not involved in the review need to avoid crowding the team workspace. There should be team members present to demonstrate/answer questions and at least one person to record notes during the review.

A 5 minute video of you demonstrating your prototype will be taken during one of your breaks.

More details will be available shortly before the review.

After the review
Notes recorded during the review should be disseminated to the team for consideration when prioritizing improvements before the final presentation. Additionally, your review materials and video will be posted on the course website, and you will receive written feedback from at least 5 course staff. After you have received written feedback via email from instructors, complete your milestone reflection in your design notebook.