Concept Generation from the Functional Basis of Design
Few computational tools exist to assist designers during the conceptual phase of design, and design success is often heavily weighted on personal experience and innate ability. Many well-known methods (e.g. brainstorming, intrinsic and extrinsic searches, and morphological analysis) are designed to stimulate a designer's creativity, but ultimately still rely heavily on individual bias and experience. Under the premise that quality designs comes from experienced designers, experience in the form of design knowledge is extracted from existing products and stored for reuse in a web-based repository. This paper presents a concept generation algorithm that utilizes the Functional Basis and a web-based repository of existing design knowledge to generate and rank viable conceptual design variants. This tool is intended to augment traditional conceptual design phase activities and produce numerous feasible concepts early in the design process.
C. R. Bryant et al., "Concept Generation from the Functional Basis of Design," International Conference on Engineering Design, Melbourne, The Design Society, Jan 2005.
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Concept Generation; Conceptual Design; Functional Basis; Functional Models
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