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An exploratory study into the impact of new digital design and manufacturing tools on the design process

An exploratory study into the impact of new digital design and manufacturing tools on the design process

Year: 2017

Section: Design Processes, Design Organisation and Management

Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos

Author: Corsini, Lucia; Moultrie, James

Series: ICED

Institution: University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Section: Design Processes, Design Organisation and Management

Pages: 021-030

ISBN: 978-1-904670-90-2

ISSN: 2220-4342

Abstract

The study aims to understand the impact of new digital design and manufacturing tools on the design process. Digital manufacturing technologies are having far reaching impacts on design, however there is currently little understanding about how this is affecting the design process. The paper reports on an interview study with twelve designers who use new digital manufacturing tools, in architecture, ceramic design, product design and jewellery design. Data is gathered and analysed using a grounded theory approach. The study shows that the design process is defined by the relationships between digital design tools, digital manufacturing tools and digitally manufactured objects. The nature of these relationships vary in direction and degree of formalisation, and they are discovered to influence three key factors in the design process: (1) emergence and control; (2) creativity and, (3) design skills. The study provides new insight into the design process, as well as providing an integrated view of digital design and digital manufacture, identifying areas for further research.

Keywords: Design process, Technology, Design learning, Creativity, Uncertainty

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