A DESIGN SUPPORT TOOL FOR INTEGRATING EXPERT-USER IN THE DESIGN PROCESS: CASE APPLICATION ON SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS DESIGN
The majority of design support tools focus on technical and managerial aspects of design. User integration in design process is an emerging dimension for the design of innovative products, particularly in innovative design of specific and expert usage product. The present paper explains the expert-UCD method and addresses the specification of this method. Then the main architecture for a software tool with the roles and use cases are presented. Based on this structure, a software tool prototype is developed and used for an application, the design process of an innovative surgical instrument.