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ON THE FUNCTIONS OF PRODUCTS

ON THE FUNCTIONS OF PRODUCTS

Year: 2011

Section: Design Methods and Tools Part 2

Editor: Culley, S.J.; Hicks, B.J.; McAloone, T.C.; Howard, T.J. & Dong, A.

Author: Aurisicchio, Marco (1); Eng, Nathan Lee (1); Ortiz Nicolas, Juan Carlos (1); Childs, Peter R.N. (1); Bracewell, Rob H. (2)

Section: Design Methods and Tools Part 2

Pages: 443-455

Abstract

Understanding the performance and manner of functioning of existing products is at the base of new product development activities. In engineering design the term function is generally used to refer to the technical actions performed by a product. However, products accomplish a wider range of goals. This research has explored the opportunity to describe and model, through the concept of function, product actions across four dimensions including technical, aesthetic, social and economic. The research has demonstrated that non-technical functions can be represented through active verbs and nouns and modelled using a method known as the Function Analysis Diagram (FAD). The research argues that when technical, aesthetic, social and economic perspectives on product development are considered as different types of function, stakeholders have a common language to communicate which can benefit design collaboration.

Keywords: PRODUCT FUNCTION; PRODUCT DESIGN; FUNCTION ANALYSIS DIAGRAM; FUNCTION ANALYSIS

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