Integrating the product development process in scientific research. Bridging the research-market gap

DS 94: Proceedings of the Design Society: 22nd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED19)

Year: 2019
Editor: Wartzack, Sandro; Schleich, Benjamin; Gon
Author: Mesa, David; Thong, Christine; Ranscombe, Charles; Kuys, Blair
Series: ICED
Institution: Swinburne University of Technology
Section: Methods of design research
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ISSN: 2220-4342


Science and technology generated by Universities has many challenges in reaching commercial product applications, as has been explored in a range of literature. Product design has been identified to add value through various types of contributions in addressing these challenges; however, there remains a gap in literature to explore how and when product development activities can practically be applied to technology development.

This paper furthers the idea that the product development process can help bridge the gap between the laboratory and commercial applications by proposing a framework for how Ulrich and Eppinger?s product development process can integrate with the STAM technology development model. This is a significant step towards understanding how in practice these disciplines can work together to bring science and technology from the laboratory to products in the marketplace.

Keywords: Technology, New product development, Design methods, Collaboration, Science


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