Chapter 1

Introduction to e-Design


The e-Design paradigm employs IT-enabled technology, including virtual prototyping, early in product development to support cross-functional analysis of performance, reliability, and costs, as well as quantitative trade-offs in decision making. Physical prototypes of the product design are then produced using rapid prototyping and computer numerical control. e-Design has the potential to shorten overall product development, improve product quality, and reduce product costs (1) by bringing together product performance, quality, and cost early in the design phase; (2) by supporting design decision making based on quantitative product performance data; and (3) by incorporating physical prototyping to support ...

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