FUNCTION MODELLING SUPPORTS CONCEPTUAL DESIGN OF INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS
The development of innovative products is based on the generation of new concepts. For evaluation and selection of potential innovative solutions it is important to understand and predict their properties. To do this in the early design phases the designer needs special methods and tools. Virtual prototyping is such a method and it can be applied even in early design phases. The paper presents a computer supported tool for this purpose and shows applications of function modeling in the conceptual design phase dealing with the development of ultra high precision positioning and measuring machines as well as mechanisms. The aim is the generation of a quantified layout as the base for subsequent design phases, especially the embodiment design.