Connecting design problem characteristics to prototyping choices to form a prototyping strategy

Bradley Adam Camburn, Brock U. Dunlap, Vimal K. Viswanathan, Julie Linsey, Daniel Jensen, Richard H. Crawford, Kevin Otto, Kristin L. Wood

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Over the course of the last three decades, numerous methodologies have been created to enhance the design process with experimentation, particularly methodologies for concept generation[4,7,9,15] and manufacturing15. Particularly in the engineering educational context, such design experimentation is done with prototypes. There are several different types of prototypes: e.g. marketability prototypes, functionality (or engineering) prototypes, manufacturing prototypes, etc.[15]. However, there are relatively few structured approaches to organizing, sequencing, and bounding such experimental prototyping. Given that prototyping is pervasive to the design process through ideation, concept selection and design verification, it stands to reason that prototyping is a process worthy of scholarly attention. This research explores methodologies to enhance prototyping during concept development, particularly engineering prototypes, I.e. those used to verify or improve the functionality, performance and operation of a novel device or system. Based on design context variables such as the total allotted time for the prototyping effort, the methodologies introduced in this paper will provide practical planning for student prototyping efforts, including determination of how many parallel prototypes of which concepts are most effective, considering the sequential revision iterations on each such prototype.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
ISBN (Electronic)2153-5868
Publication statusPublished - 2013
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventASEE Annual Conference - Atlanta, United States
Duration: 23 Jun 201326 Jun 2013
Conference number: 120


ConferenceASEE Annual Conference
CountryUnited States

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