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the quality of nearness to the truth or the true value


an abstract part of something

Decision Matrix

A tool for systematically ranking alternatives according to a set of criteria.

Design Statement

A part of design brief that challenges the designer, describes what a design solution should do without describing how to solve the problem, and identifies the degree to which the solution must be executed.


mechanics of fluids


the branch of mechanics that deals with the mechanical properties of gases

Solid Modeling

modeling that represents the volume of an object, not just its lines and surfaces. This allows for analysis of the object's mass properties.


the act of constructing something (as a piece of machinery)


general agreement

Design Brief

A written plan that identifies a problem to be solved, its criteria, and its constraints.


someone who creates plans to be used in making something (such as buildings)


the commercial processes involved in promoting and selling and distributing a product or service

Problem Statement

A part of a design brief that clearly and concisely identifies a client's or target consumer's problem, need, or want.

Target Consumer

A person or group for which product or service design efforts are intended.

Assembly Drawing

A drawing that shows the various parts of an item when assembled.


Limiting something, or in 3D design programs making it defined

Design Process

A systematic problem-solving strategy, with criteria and constraints, used to develop many possible solutions to solve a problem or satisfy human needs and wants and to winnow (narrow) down the possible solutions to one final choice.

Fluid Power

Energy transmitted and controlled by means of a pressurized fluid, either liquid or gas. The term fluid power applies to both hydraulics and pneumatics.

Multiview Drawing

Views of an object projected onto two or more orthographic planes.


what something is used for


a cooperative unit

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