Comparing digital and physical mock-ups: a study carried out in an early phase of product development
2000 (English)In: Proceedings of NordDesign 2000 / [ed] Claus Thorp Hansen, Copenhagen: Technical University of Denmark , 2000, 235-244 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
This paper reports on a research study that has been carried out in a medium-sized Swedish manufacturing company in order to compare the use of two different product representations as mediating objects in an early phase of product development (PD). The product representations - a physical mock-up and a digital mock-up - were used in a phase of concept evaluation, aiming at deciding upon the basic design and for the feasibility of the project.
The paper gives a short introduction to the company, to product representations and to virtual reality technology. Virtual prototyping has been found to be an interesting possibility to improve product quality and to increase the speed of the PD process. Few reports on how VR could replace physical product representations have been found in literature, and only a few investigations showing time, money, or quality advantages using VR-technology in PD in its broad aspect are found. Therefore, impressions and feelings to a large extent still guide people to invest in the new technology.
This paper focuses on the question whether virtual product representations can replace or complement physical product representations during PD, showing their advantages and disadvantages in different situations. The overall aim with the research is to provide a base for the development of a generic model focusing on the use of virtual reality in early phases of product development.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Copenhagen: Technical University of Denmark , 2000. 235-244 p.
product representation, virtual reality, virtual prototyping, mock-up, product development
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-87842ISBN: 87-90130-28-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-87842DiVA: diva2:600333
NordDesign 2000, August 24-25, 2000, Copenhagen