A descriptive model of the designer’s problem-solving activity during the later phases of the mechanical engineering design process

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Motte, Damien ; Andersson, Per-Erik ; Bjärnemo, Robert (2004)
  • Publisher: CDEN, Montreal
  • Subject: conceptual design | maskinkonstruktion | detail design | Produktionsteknik, arbetsvetenskap och ergonomi | design process | embodiment design | machine design | problem solving | Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Many specific and precise methods that support the mechanical engineering designer's work during the conceptual design phase exist, while only a few general methods address the embodiment design and detail design phases. Our study presents the pattern of the designer's problem-solving activity during the later phases of the design process. This model is in-tended to serve as a basis for further development of tools and methods directly oriented towards the de-signer at work in these stages of the design process. The descriptive model presented here is developed through observations of six designers at work in con-trolled experiments, and follows a previous study published elsewhere.
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