Design Patterns in Microtechnology

Year: 2009
Editor: Norell Bergendahl, M.; Grimheden, M.; Leifer, L.; Skogstad, P.; Lindemann, U.
Author: Albers, Albert; Deigendesch, Tobias; Turki, Tarak
Section: Design Methods and Tools
Page(s): 385-396


System design in microtechnology requires in-depth knowledge about the manufacturing processes. The known models of micro-specific design comprise the integration of production as a main aspect. Design rules are an established means of support for design constraints from production. However, there is design and production knowledge that cannot be formulated by design rules. The authors propose the application of design patterns - a very successful approach in software engineering - in microtechnology for representing knowledge about successful realized design solutions. Basically, a pattern describes the given context, in which the pattern is supposed to be applied, the frequently occurring design problem and the corresponding abstract solution. The solution part is generic and abstract to prevent the prescription of a concrete solution. A method for pattern derivation by correlating function and shape is proposed. The micro-specific patterns are represented in a wiki-system.

Keywords: Pattern languages, design patterns, microtechnology, knowledge management, wiki


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