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Tools for Sustainable Product Design: Review and Expectation

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Qingjin Peng, Arash Hosseinpour

University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Peihua Gu, Zhun Fan

Shantou University, Shantou, China

Paper No. DETC2013-13350, pp. V004T05A044; 10 pages
  • ASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4: 18th Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference; 2013 ASME/IEEE International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications
  • Portland, Oregon, USA, August 4–7, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5591-1
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Sustainable product design plans the entire life cycle of a product from its raw material selection, conceptual and structural formation, manufacturing processing, and usage to its end-of-life, reuse, and recycle. The product design needs the sustainable knowledge and proper tools. Current computer-aided design systems are insufficient to represent complex relationships of product functions, structures and life cycle options. It is required for design tools to support product life cycle planning with multi-objective optimal solutions. In this paper, our experience in design of a wheelchair is used as an example to discuss the need of design tools. The aim is to define ideal tools for design of sustainable products.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME



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