Research Papers

Emerging Design Methods and Tools in Collaborative Product Development

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Edward Red

e-mail: ered@byu.edu

David French

e-mail: davidfrench11@gmail.com

Gregory Jensen

e-mail: cjensen@byu.edu
Mechanical Engineering,
Brigham Young University,
Provo, UT 84602

Sheli Sillito Walker

e-mail: sheli.sillito@byu.edu

Peter Madsen

e-mail: petermadsen@byu.edu
Organizational Behavior,
Marriott School of Management,
Brigham Young University,
Provo, UT 84602

Contributed by the Design Engineering Division of ASME for publication in the Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering. Manuscript received October 11, 2012; final manuscript received February 25, 2013; published online April 25, 2013. Editor: Bahram Ravani.

J. Comput. Inf. Sci. Eng 13(3), 031001 (Apr 25, 2013) (14 pages) Paper No: JCISE-12-1183; doi: 10.1115/1.4023917 History: Received October 11, 2012; Revised February 25, 2013

Product development uses the engineering design process to conceptualize and design new products, while relying on computer-aided application tools like CAD/CAE/CAM that are unfortunately designed for single users. In the absence of multiuser engineering applications, this paper uses surveys and facility visits to show an increased reliance on social communication tools for closing design collaboration feedback loops. Product development requires collaboration among myriad personnel and organizations, each having unique complementary experiences and capabilities. Collaborative design has a primary goal: reduce time-to-market and competitive costs for new products, while retaining quality of product performance and minimizing environmental impact. The focus of this paper is to compare contemporary methods and tools used in collaborative product design at notable corporations to emerging multiuser computer-aided applications. This comparison will define a future where design mistakes and time-to-market are reduced, collaboration is not only truly concurrent, but simultaneously concurrent, and where design rationale is more easily captured and shared for later review and for educational training.

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