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Technology learning and achievement aligned with an industry context: Custom classroom furniture

In 2005, Hawke's Bay classroom furniture manufacturer Furnware introduced a new Bodyfurn range which included a new student desk and the dynamic chair in a range of sizes. The increased size of the desktop opened the opportunity to later develop a clip-on side storage unit for the desk. The new range was developed through extensive initial market and end-user research and ongoing stakeholder consultation and testing and trialling. Because of this direct relationship with their customer base, marketing of new products began at the early development stage. After a look at the initial concept development of the range, this case study focuses on the development, manufacture and marketing of the side storage unit. It also looks briefly at the changes that Furnware have made to implement their core values in terms of environmental sustainability.
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Outcome development and evaluation:
 
The creative generation of design ideas and the refinement of potential outcomes through ongoing research, experimentation, analysis, testing, and evaluation.

Technological modelling:
 
Developments based on evaluation of functional modelling undertaken during practice, and prior to the realisation of the outcome. Refinement of realised Technological Outcome informed by evaluations from prototype testing in situ, to optimise its fitness for purpose.

Technological Products:
 
Properties of materials and performance attributes

Characteristics of Technological Outcomes:
 
Fitness for purpose in its broadest sense

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Technology learning and achievement aligned with an industry context: Custom classroom furniture

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