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Tesi etd-02262015-113518

Thesis type
Tesi di dottorato di ricerca
Prototyping for Research and Industry
Settore scientifico disciplinare
Corso di studi
tutor Prof. Barone, Sandro
relatore Dott. Razionale, Armando V.
relatore Prof. Fantoni, Gualtiero
Parole chiave
  • Selection process
  • Design by Analogy
  • Innovative Manufacturing
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Prototyping
Data inizio appello
Riassunto analitico
In this thesis we want to present some of the activities carried out during the PhD studies held at the PhD School "L. da Vinci" in the period from January 2012 to December 2014.

The activities were held in the fields of robotics and mechanical engineering, and the main theme was the prototyping of new concepts, as well as the activity of conceptual design in its different phases, from generation of the idea, to the realization and testing of prototypes.
The conceptual design phase is of fundamental importance to structure the process of generation of new ideas. Sometimes it is a process that is carried out unconsciously by the inventor. Providing a tool that allows to guide him in the various stages of idea generation can lead to advantages that let the inventor to explore areas from which take inspiration, which otherwise would not have been taken into account.

An aspect of fundamental importance in the development of new prototypes is a process that goes in the opposite direction of the idea generation phase. Initially the conceptual design tends to provide tools to generate as many ideas as possible, but at some point there is the need to select a limited number of cases to investigate. Through the selection phase, which can be structured at levels more or less structured, and more or less qualitative/quantitative, the inventor tends to identify, case by case, which are the ideas in which is worth investing time and resources, before moving to the following stages.

Prototyping, as well as its previous phase, now commonly called pretotyping, are mandatory steps for those who want to develop any new idea. The success of the final product or service may depend from the analysis of the pretotype first, and of the prototype later, since it allows to detect limits and possible improvements of the concept before moving to the final implementation phase.