Rapid Concept Evaluations using Modular Construction Systems

DS 91: Proceedings of NordDesign 2018, Linköping, Sweden, 14th - 17th August 2018

Year: 2018
Editor: Ekströmer, Philip; Schütte, Simon and Ölvander, Johan
Author: Persson, Johan A; Wiberg, Anton
Series: NordDESIGN
Institution: Linköping University
ISBN: 978-91-7685-185-2


This paper presents how modular construction systems are used in product development projects for mechanical engineering students to rapidly generate and evaluate different concepts. Additionally, the method can be implemented in the industry for the same purposes. The method is demonstrated with LEGO for two applications–a foldable bicycle and cup holder. Several concepts were built and evaluated for each of the three applications. The possibility to evaluate each concept with a physical prototype increased the information that the students had when they chose which concept they would develop further. One drawback was that some students required a few hours of LEGO handling to feel confident when they assembled technical solutions

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