The conventional product development process employs a design–build–test philosophy. The sequentially executed product development process often results in a prolonged lead time and an elevated product cost. The e-Design paradigm presented in the Computer Aided Engineering Design series employs IT-enabled technology, including computer-aided design, engineering, and manufacturing (CAD/CAE/CAM) tools, as well as advanced prototyping technology to support product design from concept to detailed designs, and ultimately manufacturing. This e-Design approach employs virtual prototyping (VP) technology to support a cross-functional team in analyzing product performance, reliability, and manufacturing costs early in the product development stage ...

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