WHEN LIFECYCLE COST ANALYSIS ENABLES STRATEGIC DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS
DS 92: Proceedings of the DESIGN 2018 15th International Design Conference
Editor: Marjanović D., Štorga M., Škec S., Bojčetić N., Pavković N.
Author: Altavilla, Stefania; Montagna, Francesca
Section: DESIGN METHODS
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.21278/idc.2018.0334
The literature on cost-estimation is full of examples that methodologically explain the construction of models. In this paper, we showed how such methods when correctly implemented represent a source of structured information for in-depth design decisions. We investigated the impact of variety proliferation overall lifecycle costs, assessing differences in product architectures using a cluster analysis. The evidence collected serves as validation of a cost model approach and provides a decision-making support for choosing between platform solutions against a knowledge of costs consequences.
Keywords: design for x (DfX), design costing, platform strategies, early design phase