The Evolution of Commitments in the Design of a Component

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B. D. McGinnis

Schlumberger CAD/CAM Ann Arbor, MI

D. G. Ullman

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

J. Mech. Des 114(1), 1-7 (Mar 01, 1992) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2916917 History: Received January 01, 1990; Online June 02, 2008


This paper traces the evolution of a component of a mechanical design from its initial inception to completion. This research focuses on the interplay of design objects, features, constraints, and design decisions. Based on empirical data extracted from verbal design protocols, a design terminology is developed. Constraints were identified in the protocol and classified according to their source, level of abstraction, and form or function orientation. A structure for constraints was also developed which decomposes the constraints and classifies them into ten basic feature relationships.

Copyright © 1992 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Topics: Design
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