Integrated Physical-Digital Workflow in Prototyping – Inspirations from the Digital Twin

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

Year: 2022
Editor: Mario Štorga, Stanko Škec, Tomislav Martinec, Dorian Marjanović
Author: Chris Snider, Lee Kent, Mark Goudswaard, Ben Hicks
Series: DESIGN
Institution: University of Bristol, United Kingdom
Section: Artificial Intelligence and Data-Driven Design
Page(s): 1767-1776
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ISSN: 2732-527X (Online)


Prototyping uses many models over its process, with varying strength and weakness offered by those in the physical vs digital domains. Working across domains is necessary but introduces a transition cost, process complexities, and risks lost learning. Drawing from Digital Twinning, this work explores the creation of integrated physical-digital prototyping workflows, where technology enables simultaneous cross-domain working. It contrasts four case-study implementations of integrated prototyping workflow to current practice, exploring feasibility, value, and implementation challenges.

Keywords: prototyping, immersive technology, design tools, digital design, digital twinning

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