SUPPORT OF SYSTEM ANALYSES AND IMPROVEMENT IN INDUSTRIAL DESIGN TROUGH THE CONTACT & CHANNEL MODEL
The Contact and Channel Model (C&CM) through a clear set of model building blocks, i.e. Working Surface Pairs (WSP) and Channel and Support Structures (CSS), provides a free and dynamic way of modelling to argue systematically about design problem. Regardless whether designers want to generate a new solution for a component, make major modifications or change a very small detail, they can approach the problem in the same way and apply the same thinking steps. This paper introduces a compendium enforcing an effective procedure of building up C&CM models through its application in a real, through time and cost pressure characterized design project. The contribution shows how the C&CM helps designers to escape a typical trap of pre-fixation.