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Driving Function-Based Design With Outcome-Driven Inputs

[+] Author Affiliations
Robert L. Nagel, Robert B. Stone

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Paper No. DETC2010-28542, pp. 201-212; 12 pages
doi:10.1115/DETC2010-28542
From:
  • ASME 2010 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 5: 22nd International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology; Special Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 15–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4413-7 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3881-5
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME

abstract

This paper presents research that integrates outcome-driven design methods with the more established function-based design methodologies. Outcome-driven design offers a more systematic approach to understanding the opportunity than the traditional and inconsistent means of gathering customer needs by exploring the reasons customers purchase products. These specific customer inputs are mapped to a process modeling technique to first broadly define how a customer will use a product. From this process model, a functional model can be extracted that abstractly captures what must happen within the product boundaries such that the product operates as intended to achieve the customers desired outcomes. An illustrative reverse engineering example is used to demonstrate the methodology. Preliminary case study validation results are discussed along with the conclusions and future work.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME
Topics: Design , Performance

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