Prototyping in Practice: Methods and Tradeoffs in Prototyping for Engineering Design
Important Dates
May 27 Submissions due
June 10 Notification of acceptance
25 June 9:00am –12:30pm Workshop

Workshop Aim: As design cycles become more and more compressed, it is more evident that prototyping is necessary, but at a deeper level how do we choose the methods to implement? This workshop attempts to address this issue and provide a platform for discussion from both industry and academic participants. Research in prototyping seeks to improve the final outcome of different design processes through avenues such as subsystem isolation and testing, simplified kinematic models, and parallel-tested concepts. While improving design outcomes, these methods also help to reduce development spending and total time to design. This workshop aims to introduce a handful of these prototyping methods through presentation and practice. For each method, tradeoffs between final outcome, development cost, and total time to design will be discussed as a group inviting experience from industry and academia.

Workshop Chair
Dr. Bradley A Camburn bradley_camburn@sutd.edu.sg
K Blake Perez blake_perez@mymail.sutd.edu.sg
Program Committee
  • Dr. Kristin L Wood
    Dr. Lucienne Blessing
Workshop Notes
Workshop Notes (link)

Submission information:
Submissions are not required for this workshop. Participants are expected to have some experience related to product design either physical or digital. No particular skills are required, but general interest in design process is a plus.

Workshop format: Through the workshop, participants will be introduced to three different prototyping methods. A short module will be conducted for each method finishing with a brief exercise where participants are able to practice implementing each method. The results of the exercises will be linked back to key results in design science research. This relationship enables application of Kolb's learning cycle, in this case, to explore the dynamics of design prototyping. The course will be centered around an exemplar design problem and may include ideation exercises to gain momentum.

Attendees at the workshop need to register either as an addition to the DCC'16 conference registration at a cost of $30, or if not registered for the conference at a cost of $60. Please go the DCC16 conference homepage and then to Registration to register.

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