Plastic Extrusion

Paper format: The Section headings should be formatted to 14pt Calibri and in bold as well as all capitals. The sub headings should be in 12pt Calibri and bold. The body text should in 12pt Calibri. The text should be justified and wrap images. These styles have already been defined in the template provided.

Subject or Discipline: Manufacturing Technology / Industrial Design

Topic: Plastic Extrusion

Number of reference required: All comments, images, ideas and information will have been accessed from some source. You will need to acknowledge that source wherever it may be. Failing to acknowledge a source is at best bad practice and at worst can be a copyright violation. In order to maintain consistency you will need to use the same system that I have in the Tube Bending example. If you have any questions about this, please ask.

Paper instructions:
1. Accuracy of information
– All information is factually accurate and is also clearly explained enough for readers to be able to reach this conclusion. An exceptional level of achievement.
2. Relevance and quantity of information
– All information is relevant to the topic. All important areas are covered and there is no unnecessary or missing information. The level of detail is appropriate and highly useful for industrial designers. The information demonstrates a detailed understanding of the topic. Fits within word count. An exceptional level of achievement.
3. Overall impression
– The report reads extremely well. It is extremely interesting and informative. It gives the reader an excellent understanding of the process. An exceptional level of achievement.
4. Images and diagrams
– There are many diagrams and images, mostly original and all relevant to the topic. Any not original are correctly referenced. They add significantly to the description of the topic.
5. Layout and text
– Excellent layout. Text and images are extremely well balanced. And…all headings and formatting are correct. And word count is correct. No spelling mistakes.

Things will be included in the report:
Try to use the following Section heading but you may need to add or subtract or change some due to the individual topic.
This section should include a basic description of the process.
This is where you will need to write a brief description of the history of the process. How long has it been around? How was it developed? What was it developed for? What are future directions?
Most materials and processes have many sub-areas or different techniques to achieve the same end result. Each of these will have its own pros and cons as well as design considerations.
Materials and processes
For the process report, what materials are typically used? Are there some materials that are better than others? Are there any experimental materials being used?
For the materials report, what processes are typically used for this material? Are there a range of processes? Are there any experimental processes being developed?
Design considerations
This is one of the more important sections for designers. What are the things that designers need to be aware of when designing products to be made using this process or material? What are the limitations? Are there any unique benefits that no other process offers?
Literature review
This is a short section that gives details about where information has been sourced and gives a critique of that information. For example you may find conflicting information during your research or information that is just wrong. You may also find interesting future developments. This is the section to discuss these things.
Useful resources
This section is an opportunity to look at how accessible the process is. Is it available in Brisbane? Australia? Is it a process that can be done in-house? Etc.

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