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Investigating The Role Of Prototyping In Mechanical Design Using Case Study Validation, David Stowe May 2008

Investigating The Role Of Prototyping In Mechanical Design Using Case Study Validation, David Stowe

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The purpose of this research is to explore the application of prototyping in the design process through a case study analysis using structured interviews, an ethnographic study, and documents analysis, to determine what factors and practices result in successful prototyping. In doing so, research questions are established, a prototyping process is developed to assist the investigation, and classification systems are created to organize data collected in the study. As part of the case study, an interview is formulated to answer the proposed research questions and a literature survey of prototyping in design is used to create a larger analytical foundation ...