The Essence of PdP

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Product Development Project (PdP) course is primarily aimed at students of engineering, industrial design, and business who are interested in product development of investment or consumer goods.

However, the course is open for other students and there have been participants from various master’s studies e.g. cognitive science, anthropology, and biology. The course is intended for the final stage of studies.

Studying is based on problem based learning (PBL) philosophy. Most of the problems are given and sponsored by manufacturing companies, who are searching for innovative cooperation with the next generation of product developers. At start, much attention is directed to the forming of highly motivated interdisciplinary teams. A project typically includes phases of planning, searching for information, creation of concepts, decision making and detailed computer aided development. The project phases of manufacture, assembly, and testing are strongly related to the most valuable learning experiences.

PdP-course is hosted by Design Factory, which is an experimental co-creation platform of Aalto University. Design Factory as an operational environment is two fold. The material side consists of team working spaces, machine & electroshops, prototyping & testing facilities, software tools and such like. Its immaterial form is composed of low bureaucracy, low hierarchy, interaction, development methods and workshops that support co-creation and planned coincidences.