Designing products with a focus on self-explanatory assembly, a case study

DS 94: Proceedings of the Design Society: 22nd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED19)

Year: 2019
Editor: Wartzack, Sandro; Schleich, Benjamin; Gon
Author: Parmentier, Davy Dani
Series: ICED
Institution: Ghent University
Section: Industry 4.0
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ISSN: 2220-4342


Designing products with a focus on self-explanatory assembly can reduce the use of procedural instructions and the associated problems. This paper describes how different groups of students, in two different design-engineering courses designed or redesigned products in an attempt to make the assembly of the product self-explanatory. The design outcomes are discussed in relation to the design context and linked to existing theory on design for meaning.

Keywords: Industrial design, Industry 4.0, Case study


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