Design prototyping of systems

DS 87-3 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 3: Product, Services and Systems Design, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Camburn, Bradley Adam; Arlitt, Ryan; Perez, K. Blake; Anderson, David; Choo, Pui Kun; Lim, Terry; Gilmour, Adam; Wood, Kristin
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore; 2: Gilmour Space Technologies, Singapore
Section: Product, Services and Systems Design
Page(s): 211-220
ISBN: 978-1-904670-91-9
ISSN: 2220-4342


In recent years, groundbreaking work in design science has identified that prototyping is one of the most critical factors leading to successful development. Many decisions regarding the detail of a design and the allocation of resources are made during design prototyping. Extant studies provide foundational insights in strategic prototyping. This work explores prototypes for developing services and systems that are complex. A framework is proposed to visualise strategic prototyping to search design spaces that span multiple domains. We define three phases of system prototyping: partitioning, search, and implementation. The framework illustrates the relationship between individual techniques and associated cost versus performance outcome. This new framework is supported through two commercial development case studies that demonstrate the approach. The first is a subsystem from a hybrid launch vehicle development effort at Gilmour Space Technologies, the second is a service centre design case from the SUTD-MIT International Design Centre.

Keywords: Design costing, Complexity, Design methods, Systems Engineering (SE), Product-Service Systems (PSS)


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