Exploring the Benefits of Remanufacture during Product Prototyping: A Cost and Time Based Analysis

DS 116: Proceedings of the DESIGN2022 17th International Design Conference

Year: 2022
Editor: Mario Štorga, Stanko Škec, Tomislav Martinec, Dorian Marjanović
Author: Ricardo M. Real, Chris Snider, Ben Hicks
Series: DESIGN
Institution: University of Bristol, United Kingdom
Section: Design Support Tools and Methods
Page(s): 573-582
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.1017/pds.2022.59
ISSN: 2732-527X (Online)


Whilst remanufacture is identified as a key enabler for sustainable manufacture in future industry, its role within the context of new product development remains unclear. Where prototypes often go through multiple iterations with varying degrees of change, could remanufacture be adopted to reduce the time and cost components of design iteration? This paper presents a computational study to explore the potential savings afforded by remanufacture across stages of a rapid prototyping process. Results suggest significant reductions to development time and cost can be achieved.

Keywords: rapid prototyping, remanufacturing, change management, cost management, hybrid prototyping

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