By virtually exploring several producibility aspects of promising design alternatives, the risk of developing a final product that ends up inferior in production can be reduced.
Congratulations to your degree of licentiate of engineering! On April 15 you held your licentiate seminar with the title Development of Interdisciplinary Platforms Using System Objects. Can you describe your topic?
The aim of my work is to provide manufacturing companies with means to reduce the risk of developing and producing engineer-to-order products. I specifically study how design engineers can reuse manufacturing knowledge so that they can strengthen their cross-discipline decisions in the very early phases of development, before product design modifications become too expensive.
What do you see as the main contribution from your work?
My contribution is a platform development methodology that supports reuse, and the opportunity to assess producibility of multiple product concepts as early as possible in the development. By virtually exploring several producibility aspects of promising design alternatives, the risk of developing a final product that ends up inferior in production can be reduced. Through this way of working, manufacturing companies will be increasingly prepared for new customer requests, and design engineers need less effort to ensure producibility late in the development. The main benefit of this way of working is to potentially reduce late and expensive design modifications due to poor reuse of manufacturing knowledge, as well as reducing cost in terms of less physical prototyping and testing.
What will your future work focus on from now on up to your PhD dissertation?
My work up until now has focused on how to ensure producibility of product concepts as early as possible. Future work will account for increasing integration of product and manufacturing development, and specifically how to strike a balance between product performance and what the production system can deliver. In this way, it will be possible to make more trustworthy cross-discipline assessments.