SYNTHESIS OF PRODUCT FUNCTION/MEANS STRUCTURES BASED ON VISUAL THINKING
The paper describes a compositional method of top-down synthesizing product function/means structures in collaborative environment. This method is compared with the process of visual thinking that enables the designers to build graphical images by taking small parts of these images in their imagination and coupling them together. Imagery graphical images are considered as visual knowledge captured in accordance with the multistage and critical understanding functional, behavioral and structural properties of existent products. Also, compositional techniques used for coupling visual knowledge are studied.