Exploring Processes That Foster Innovative and Sustainable Product Design Public

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  • As global population and affluence continues to rise, demand for and disposal of consumer products is increasing. Currently, there are established process that guide designers to develop innovative products, but these products still have a large impact on the environment. There is beginning to be an emphasis on product sustainability, and currently there are tools to aid designers in making sustainable products; however, most of these tools require designers to have fully-formulated designs, having already made key design decisions. Currently, there is no early-phase design process that leads to both innovative and sustainable products. Through a graduate level sustainable product design course at Oregon State University there is an opportunity to advance how mechanical engineering students learn about sustainability in mechanical design. This research seeks to redevelop a sustainable design process and embed it in this graduate-level course. Through the redevelopment of this course, student learning focuses on sustainability through the development of six different concept generation lenses: materials, manufacturing, energy use, biomimicry, upcycling/remanufacturing, and systems-level sustainability. The sustainable design method employed in the 2016 course, while still ongoing, is considered to be an improvement on its earlier version, allowing students to create both sustainable and innovative products. Key Words: Sustainable Design, Innovation, Design method, Design process
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