Rapid prototyping as a tool for learning product development

dc.contributorAalto-yliopistofi
dc.contributorAalto Universityen
dc.contributor.advisorKalevi, Ekman
dc.contributor.authorHeredia del Castillo, Andrea
dc.contributor.schoolInsinööritieteiden korkeakoulufi
dc.contributor.supervisorKalevi, Ekman
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-27T11:36:49Z
dc.date.available2015-05-27T11:36:49Z
dc.date.issued2015-05-18
dc.description.abstractRecently, 3D printing as a tool for rapid prototyping is becoming a trendy topic in the society. It´s usage is being widespread from the industry to the educational contexts. The success of a product is increasingly related to the performance of prototypes in Product Development Processes. In particular, in the first stages of these processes, rapid prototyping covers the lack of knowledge typical of the early phases. 3D printing enhances the diverger style of the experiential learning method required in the early phases of product development. In addition, learning environments where to enhance the use of rapid prototyping tools, such as 3D printers, are another key factor for a competent Product Development Process. This study aims to provide a learning environment that promotes creativity by using 3D printers. The work presents a qualitative and quantitative research. To gain an in-depth understanding of the needs and requirements of the case questionnaires and interviews have been done. Furthermore, this thesis suggests a comparative study of the feasibility of the use of low-end 3D printers in first stages of Product Development Process Variables are analysed in three experiments using different technologies. Lastly, an example of a learning environment supporting rapid prototyping in product development has been created. Based on the findings, it can be assumed that the creation of a learning environment that supports rapid prototyping fosters creativity in their users. The placement of the low-end 3D printer is economically viable and technically feasible. In addition, the space proposed promotes this technology.en
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dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.urihttps://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/16353
dc.identifier.urnURN:NBN:fi:aalto-201505283024
dc.language.isoenen
dc.programmeMaster’s Programme in Mechanical Engineeringfi
dc.programme.majorProduct Developmentfi
dc.programme.mcodekon-41fi
dc.rights.accesslevelopenAccess
dc.subject.keywordrapid prototypingen
dc.subject.keywordproduct development processen
dc.subject.keywordlearning environmentsen
dc.subject.keyword3D printingen
dc.titleRapid prototyping as a tool for learning product developmenten
dc.typeG2 Pro gradu, diplomityöen
dc.type.ontasotMaster's thesisen
dc.type.ontasotDiplomityöfi
local.aalto.idinssi51503
local.aalto.openaccessyes
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