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Textiles essay on environmental factors, product life, manufacturing methods and maintenance in relation to products

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´╗┐Designers and manufacturers have to take account of manufacturing methods. Maintenance, product life and environmental factors when designing. Discuss these four areas in relation to a product or a range of products. (22 Marks) Designers and manufacturers have to take account of many things when designing products. I am going to discuss four areas that need to be taken into account which include environmental, manufacturing methods, product life and maintenance. Designers and manufactures have to take many environmental factors into consideration. For example; designers need to take into account whether a product they are designing such as a top will be fair-trade or not so that they know whether or not they will need to use fair-trade fabrics to make the top which they would need to import. They would need to think about whether or not more people would prefer to buy fair-trade products due to ethical reasons which might increase the sales of the top if it is fair-trade so this would give an indication to the designer of how much money they would make from the top and how much fabric they would need to make the top if they were to make it fair-trade. Manufacturers would need to take into account the amount of pollution their machines in the factories are making and the effect on the environment. ...read more.

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which could cost a designer a lot more if they were to actually experiment using the real fabrics, so using CAD is evidently cheaper than doing fabric experimenting manually. For manufactures, CAM technology is also used as it allows manufacturers to create products using computer aided manufacture to help them to create products accurately and efficiently. Using CAM also helps to speed up the production of products and allows product results to be highly accurate and consistent in large-scale production. Using CAM also allows manufacturers to be able to create more advanced styles and decorative products using technology such as digital printing, embroidery, knitting and laser cutting. This allows manufacturers to create the best and most accurate looking products such as jumpers and other detailed products. There are also various different manufacturing systems which are put into practice in manufacturing companies. One-off production is where a single product is designed and made to a client's specification and measurements. There is usually high labour and material costs where one-off production is concerned as a high level of design and manufacturing skills are needed to create one-off products so there products would need to be made by highly skilled professionals. An example of a one-off production product would be a made-to-measure wedding dress. ...read more.

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This could be due to the materials used to create the product as if durable materials were not used to make a product then this could mean that a product would have a very short life-span as it is likely to break or dysfunction very easily. Products with short life-spans mean that more products stop working and are thrown out more often which creates environmental problems where the issue of landfill sites are concerned. Designers and manufacturers need to think carefully about the materials they will use if they want their products to be better for the environment as they would need to choose higher quality and more long-lasting and durable materials if they want to extend the life of their products. Another consideration for the designers to make when deciding to use better quality materials would be that they may lose money as their products would last for longer and would not need to be re-bought when replacements would need to be made. This would be a very important consideration to be made when designing and making a product as decisions would need to be made as to whether the designers and manufacturers would benefit or whether the environment would benefit. In conclusion, I have explained why designers and manufacturers have to make considerations where manufacturing methods, maintenance, product life and environmental considerations are concerned and I have also explained the importance of designers and manufacturers considering each of these things when designing and making products. ...read more.

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