Impact of CAD tools on creative problem solving in engineering design

Robertson, BF and Radcliffe, DF (2009) Impact of CAD tools on creative problem solving in engineering design. COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN, 41 3: 136-146. doi:10.1016/j.cad.2008.06.007

Author Robertson, BF
Radcliffe, DF
Title Impact of CAD tools on creative problem solving in engineering design
Journal name COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0010-4485
Publication date 2009-03-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.cad.2008.06.007
Open Access Status
Volume 41
Issue 3
Start page 136
End page 146
Total pages 11
Editor Imre Horvath
Kunwoo Lee
Nicholas M Patrikalakis
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Language eng
Subject C1
0915 Interdisciplinary Engineering
970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Abstract This paper presents the results of a survey of CAD users that examined the ways in which their computational environment may influence their ability to design creatively. This extensive online survey builds upon the findings of an earlier observational case study of the use Of Computer tools by a small engineering team. The case Study was conducted during the conceptual and detailed stages of the design of a first-to-world product. Four mechanisms by which CAD tools may influence the creative problem solving process were investigated: enhanced visualisation and communication, circumscribed thinking, premature design fixation and bounded ideation. The prevalence of these mechanisms was examined via a Series of questions that probed the user's mode of working, attitudes, and responses to hypothetical situations. The Survey showed good Support for the first three mechanisms and moderate support for the fourth. The results have important implications for both the users and designers of CAD tools.
Keyword CAD
Conceptual design
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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