Prototyping Strategies for the Agile Development of Additive Manufactured Products: A Case Study from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Proceedings of the 31st Symposium Design for X (DFX2020)

Year: 2020
Editor: Dieter Krause; Kristin Paetzold; Sandro Wartzack
Author: Omidvarkarjan, Daniel; Rosenbauer, Ralph; Kirschenbaum, Daniel; Cipriano, Daniele; Ochsner, David; Woodfin, Harry; Klahn, Christoph; Meboldt, Mirko
Series: DfX
Institution: Inspire AG; HelpfulETH; ETH Zürich; Institut für Neuropathologie; Universitätsspital Zürich; Product Development Group Zurich (pd|z); ETH Zürich
Section: Design for X
Page(s): 161-168
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.35199/dfx2020.17

Abstract

Frequent validations of physical product increments play an essential role for Agile Hardware Development (AHD). This paper presents practices for the accelerated embodiment of increments based on the analysis of an AHD project. It describes adaptations of established prototyping strategies for the use of Additive Manufacturing (AM), covering iterative refinement, parallel development, prototyping media change and scheduling of build phases. The application of the practices led to an accelerated embodiment process with mean iteration lengths of 6 days and a first release of a viable product increment within 18 days. By enabling early and frequent validations with tangible increments, the practices facilitate the effective application of AHD in practice.

Keywords: Agile hardware development, prototyping strategies, design for additive manufacturing

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