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Proceedings of CAD'15, 2015, 183-187
Optimized Development: Defining Design Rules through Product Optimization Techniques

Marco Serafini, Caterina Rizzi, University of Bergamo
Francesco Furini, Giorgio Colombo, Polytechnic of Milan

Abstract. The importance of automation and optimization in the design and the production processes of an industrial product is increasing, especially with regards to resources consumption and product quality. Optimization strategies can play a fundamental role during product design, by allowing the designer to study a greater number of product configurations and reach an optimal result with an automated process. Parametric optimization is currently used mainly as the last step of product development; detailed design. Once the embodiment of the product has been defined, optimization algorithms can enhance its performance by finding the most favorable product configuration. By modifying detailed parameters, without changing the general embodiment, optimization can optimize trade-offs, like energy-saving vs. costs, without ever solving them. In fact, such trade-offs are frequently highlighted by the product final optimization, when it’s sadly too late in the product development to tackle them. This paper proposes a methodology based on design optimization that can help designers and engineers from the first steps of the embodiment design of the products.

Keywords. Optimization, Configuration, Refrigerator, Embodiment design

DOI: 10.14733/cadconfP.2015.183-187