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Editor: Udo Lindemann, Srinivasan V, Yong Se Kim, Sang Won Lee, John Clarkson, Gaetano Cascini
Author: Posner, Benedikt; Binz, Hansgeorg; Roth, Daniel
Institution: Institute for Engineering Design and Industrial Design (IKTD), University of Stuttgart, Germany
The mass has a great influence on the value of products from different industries. For example, by reducing the mass of a product, the energy consumption and CO2 emissions can be reduced. These influences, which the mass has on different product properties, show why lightweight design is becoming increasingly important.
Designers have to establish goals regarding mass in the early phases of the product development process, as otherwise the product may be too heavy after its design is completed. Nearly each function needs mass for its fulfillment but functions which are not important to the customer raise only the mass and not the customer value of the product. If designers had information about the importance of functions and the mass which is needed for their fulfillment, they would be able to discuss with their customer whether the functions are so important that they want to accept this extra mass in the product. Therefore, a method which supports designers in establishing goals regarding mass, and in analysing optimisation potentials, the importance of functions and the mass which is needed to fulfil the function based on the Value Analysis is operationalised in this paper.
The 19th International Conference on Engineering Deisgn (ICED13) will for the first time take place in Asia: ICED13 on 19-22 August 2013 at Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea The ICED13 motto is: "Design for Harmonies" - Harmony of Products and Services - Harmony of Old and New - Harmony of Culture and Technology - Harmony of East and West The conference chair is Prof. Yong Se Kim of the Creative Design Institute at Sungkyunkwan University. Important dates are: Call for Papers:...