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Additive manufacturing as an enabler for enhanced consumer involvement

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posted on 11.09.2015, 12:42 by Ian Campbell, D.J. de Beer, D. Mauchline, L. Becker, R. van der Grijp, Yudhi Ariadi, Mark EvansMark Evans
This paper draws on previous work by the authors that aimed to use functional prototypes, produced using additive manufacturing (AM), as a means to draw customer input and preferences into the development of new products. This technique is referred to as Customer Interaction through Functional Prototypes (CIFP). The CIFP philosophy has been proven in both consumer and medical products. In recent years, the authors have developed further concepts of AM-enabled enhanced consumer involvement within their respective research teams. This paper discusses the extended use of CIFP to develop innovative new product concepts in the Vaal University of Technology, to support grant- holders of the Industrial Development’s Corporation (IDC) Support Programme for Industrial Innovation (SPII) and the Technology and Innovation Agency (TIA). The paper goes on to discuss a novel method of consumer interaction developed at Loughborough University, referred to as a Computer-aided Consumer Design (CaCODE). This technique allows non- designers to take an existing product design (e.g., a pen) and modify its shape in real time, in order to create a customised version of the product that meets their needs. The modification is limited within pre-defined parameters to make sure that any final design is functional and can be produced using AM.

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  • Design

Published in

SOUTH AFRICAN JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING

Volume

25

Issue

2

Pages

67 - 74 (8)

Citation

CAMPBELL, R.I. ... et al, 2014. Additive manufacturing as an enabler for enhanced consumer involvement. South African Journal of Industrial Engineering, 25 (2), pp. 67 - 74.

Publisher

South African Institute of Industrial Engineers / © The Authors

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VoR (Version of Record)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Publication date

2014

Notes

This article is an extended version of an paper presented at the 2012 RAPDASA conference. It is published as an Open Access article by the South African Institute of Industrial Engineers and licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 3.0 that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in the South African Journal of Industrial Engineering.

ISSN

2224-7890

Language

en