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Designers' Experience of Design Methods and Tools
Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Technique and Management.
2004 (English)In: IEEE Intl Engineering Management Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development,2004, Piscataway, NJ08855-1331: Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc. , 2004, 903-907 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper is based on an Internet-based questionnaire survey with both qualitative and quantitative questions was selected as the research method in order to collect data about designer-s experience of their used design methods and tools. The result is that the general formal follow-up and reflection on used design methods and tools is experienced as low and this implies a risk that inefficient design methods and tools are used. Even though design method and tool utilization represents more than half of the total working time, the number of different types of utilized design methods and tools are low. Despite the low degree of formal follow up, designers experience that most utilized design methods and tools to a high degree fulfills their experienced needs and contributes in making the final product better. Finally, the reasons why designers use design methods and tools can be concluded in three interlinked major overall reasons for designers to use design methods and tools. The design method or tool must - help to fulfill specified requirements of the prospective product, - reduce the risk that important moments in the product development process are forgotten, - reduce the total calendar time (from start to end) to solve the design task.

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Piscataway, NJ08855-1331: Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc. , 2004. 903-907 p.
Keyword [en]
Design method, Design tool, Utilization, Designer, Requirements, CAD, FMEA, EEA, LCA
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Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-22873Local ID: 2214OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-22873DiVA: diva2:243186
Available from: 2009-10-07 Created: 2009-10-07

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