JMD Welcomes Massimo Callegari and Yu-Tai Lee to the Editorial Board
Announcing New Annual Best Paper Award
Design Heuristics in Innovative Products
Seda Yilmaz, Colleen Seifert, Shanna R. Daly, Richard Gonzalez
Current design theory lacks a systematic method to identify what designers know that helps them to create innovative products. In the early stages of idea generation, designers may find novel ideas come readily to mind, or may become fixated on their own or existing products. This may limit the ability to consider more, and more varied candidate concepts that may potentially lead to innovation. To aid in idea generation, we sought to identify “design heuristics,” or “rules of thumb,” evident in award-winning designs. In this paper, we demonstrate a content analysis method for discovering heuristics in the designs of innovative products. Read more...
Synthesizing Functional Mechanisms From a Link Soup
Pouya Tavousi, Kazem Kazerounian, Horea Ilies
The synthesis of functional molecular mechanisms is constrained by the notorious difficulties in fabricating nano-links of prescribed shapes and sizes. Thus, the classical mechanism synthesis methods, which assume the ability to manufacture any designed links, cannot provide a systematic process for designing molecular mechanisms. We propose a new approach to build functional mechanisms with prescribed mobility by only using elements from a predefined "link soup". Read more...
An Approach to Designing Origami-Adapted Aerospace Mechanisms
Jessica Morgan, Spencer P. Magleby, Larry L. Howell
Engineers have taken an interest in origami and developing it further for applications. Characteristics of origami of particular interest to engineers include: (1) stowability, (2) portability, (3) deployability, (4) part number reduction, (5) manufacturability from a flat sheet of material, (6) a single manufacturing technique (folding), (7) reduced assembly, (8) ease of miniaturization, and (9) low material volume and mass. Several of these attributes are of particular value in aerospace applications and it is anticipated that many more aerospace mechanisms could be developed through the use of a design process that adapts origami characteristics for use in devices and products. Read more...
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