Impact of the implementation of Design for Circular Economy features on the product development process

DS 125: Proceedings of the 34th Symposium Design for X (DFX2023)

Year: 2023
Editor: Dieter Krause, Kristin Paetzold-Byhain, Sandro Wartzack
Author: Merlin Stolzle, Daniel Roth, Matthias Kreimeyer
Series: DfX
Institution: Institute for Engineering Design and Industrial Design (IKTD), University of Stuttgart, Germany
Page(s): 135-142
DOI number: 10.35199/dfx2023.14


The transformation from a linear to a circular economy seems to be the right way to cope with rising resource consumption by a growing economy. One fundamental aspect to achieve this transition is the development of circular products themselves. Characteristics of circular products are already discussed in academia and often condensed in certain DfX-approaches, known as Design for Circular Economy. Such guidelines often provide general advice for developers rather than contain underlying methodical support to actually implement these criteria. Therefore, this contribution investigates the impact of circular design criteria implementation on the development process, thus uncovering the potential fields of action for methodical support of circular product design development.

Keywords: circular economy, design guidelines, design for X, product development process, circular product design


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