||In the recent years, industrial production faces many challenges while in upgrading automation. Especially the various processes and equipments increase, the demands for different fixtures also increase at the same time.|
How to design diverse fixtures and to fulfill different requirement has gained more attention. Therefore, the goal of this thesis is to apply the concept of function structure developed in product design methodology to conceptual design of fixture. With such a method it will not be only to shorten the design time, but also the cost under fulfillment of the demands.
Starting from establishment of the function structure, the necessary symbols for necessary functions and corresponding parts for fixture design are at first defined in the thesis. And then a set of rules to develop the function structures according to the requirements for fixtures is discussed. Some variation rules are also proposed as an aid of designer to vary the function structure.
In the final part of this thesis, a practical example from function structures to embodiment design is represented to verify the feasibility of the proposed approach. The results of the study show that the design processes of fixtures can be simplified by using function structure. Especially innovative design can be more easily developed to meet the requirements of fixtures.
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