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From concept to specification maintaining early design intent

R Sosa, JB Lee, D Albarran, K Otto

Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies | Published : 2015


Early design intent can be compromised as decisions transition in the design process from early concepts to prototyping and to the final specification. This paper presents a method to support designers in the decision making process in the design of innovative products. Bearing selection in kinetic design is used to demonstrate how implementation decisions made in the late stages can heavily impact the early design intent. An inductive research approach is adopted to analyze a collection of existing kinetic products with rotational joints across scales and domains. The resulting macroscopic decision trees demonstrate a way towards a new type of support systems that can be applied at the earl..

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