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When design never ends - a future scenario for product development

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posted on 10.04.2019, 12:29 by Patrick PradelPatrick Pradel, Ian Campbell, Richard BibbRichard Bibb
One of the foundations of product design is the separation of the design process and production (i.e. mass manufacturing). This separation manifests as designers going through a rigorous process aspiring to create fixed archetypes that are then replicated in the thousands or even millions. Today innovation and technological change are challenging this idea of a product design process that ends and hands over to manufacturing. The evolution of 3D Printing into Additive Manufacturing (AM) is challenging the notion of mass manufacture and consumer value. As AM advances in capability and capacity, the ability to economically manufacture products in low numbers with high degrees of personalisation poses questions of the accepted product development process. Removing the need for dedicated expensive tooling for mass manufacture also eliminates the cyclical timescales and commitment to fixed designs that investment in tooling demands. The ability to alter designs arbitrarily, frequently and responsively means that the traditional design process need not be applied and because of this, design processes and practice might be radically different in the future. In this paper, we explore this possible evolution by drawing parallels with the principles and development models found in software development.

History

School

  • Design

Published in

Proceedings of the Design Society: International Conference on Engineering Design

Volume

1

Issue

1

Pages

829 - 838

Citation

PRADEL, P., CAMPBELL, R.I. and BIBB, R.J., 2019. When design never ends - a future scenario for product development. Proceedings of the Design Society: International Conference on Engineering Design, 1 (1), pp.829-838.

Source

International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED19

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Authors

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is unaltered and is properly cited. The written permission of Cambridge University Press must be obtained for commercial re-use or in order to create a derivative work.

Acceptance date

04/04/2019

Publication date

2019-07-26

Copyright date

2019

eISSN

2220-4342

Language

en

Location

Delft, The Netherlands

Event dates

5th August 2019 - 8th August 2019