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Design synthesis and shape generation

McKay, Alison; Chase, Scott; Garner, Steven; Jowers, Iestyn; Prats, Miquel; Hogg, David; Hing, Hau Chau; Pennington, Alan de and Earl, Christopher (2009). Design synthesis and shape generation. In: Inns, Tom ed. Designing for the 21st Century: Interdisciplinary Methods and Findings, Volume 2. Farnham: Gower Publishing Limited, pp. 304–321.

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Today's computer-aided design (CAD) systems are based on underlying technologies developed over 20 years ago. Although they have become a key part of the design process and are ubiquitous in industrial product development processes, they usually come into play after the shape of the design has been created. In essence, today's CAD systems are used to support design evaluation and analysis and downstream applications such as manufacturing. Our research challenge was to bring computers into the start of the creative design process, where they can augment design activity by supporting design synthesis - enhancing and highlighting options that might be open to the designer. Our vision was of a computer aided design synthesis system that can work with and manipulate designers' sketches at the earliest stage of the design process. Previous research in the application of shape grammars to design generation indicated that they offered a potential foundation upon which such a system could be built.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2010 Tom Inns
ISBN: 1-4094-0240-1, 978-1-4094-0240-4
Keywords: design forecasting; design and technology; technological innovations
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 23949
Depositing User: Olivia Acquah
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2010 09:23
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2016 07:20
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