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Glossary of Product Design Terms

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There are 8 terms in this directory beginning with the letter F.
FEA/FEM
Finite element analysis is a computer based tool to simulate products and systems within their environment, for the purpose of optimization or finding potential performance hazards.
Feasibility Study (or feasibility check)
A study in which the ability to complete a project successfully is assessed, taking into account all relevant factors.
Feature
A distinctive attribute.
Finish
A functional and/or cosmetic surface treatment of a component.
Flow chart (or Flow diagram)
A visual representation of the sequence of steps within a process.
Form
A visible shape.
Form study
The exploration of form with prototypes.
Front end (also known as the fuzzy front end)
The first phase of a project, where preliminary specifications and attributes are established.