Introducing trimming and function ranking to Solid Works based on function analysis

Leonid S. Chechurin, Wessel Willems Wits, Hans M. Bakker

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TRIZ based Function Analysis models existing products based on functional interactions between product parts. Such a function model description is the ideal starting point for product innovation. Design engineers can apply (TRIZ) methods such as trimming and function ranking to this function model to improve their products. This paper describes the introduction of said methods directly into CAD software, since this is software often used by design engineers. As such, design engineers do not have to switch between applications, or worse, convert product data sets, when jumping from product detailing to innovation tasks. The developed software tool tries to actively guide engineers through the innovation process, progressing more quickly through product design and redesign phases. Thus, resulting in shorter lead times and a faster time-to-market for the industry
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings TRIZ Future Conference
EditorsG. Cascini, Thomas H.J. Vaneker
Place of PublicationDublin, Ireland
PublisherITT Dublin
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)978-0-9551218-2-1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2011
EventTRIZ Future Conference 2011 - Institute of Technology Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 2 Nov 20114 Nov 2011 (Past ETRIA conferences)

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ConferenceTRIZ Future Conference 2011
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  • IR-93360
  • METIS-281812


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