Chapter 9
Hybrid Design Tools for Design and Engineering Processing


Industrial Design Engineering (IDE) and Engineering Design (ED) are technical domains that have their own specific and intrinsic meanings, processes, procedures, and methods. However, cross-over relations and similarities are also found in approach, structure, behavior and interaction in, for example, a product creation process (PCP) and product engineering process (PEP). In our research framework we focus on the multi-disciplinary, collaborative, and mixed reality representation activities and user interactions in conjunction with hybrid computational design tools. Furthermore, we recognize and adhere to the idiosyncrasies, tacit knowledge, expertise and intuitive skill sets of the individual within the singular and/or collective context. We investigate and test these phenomena through exploration and experimentation in higher education and industry domains. We choose a best-of-both-worlds approach in which we combine the real and virtual realms to assist and support designers and engineers in their representation and presentation processes as shown in Figure 20.1 [1] [2]. The word cloud shows the envisioned Rawshaping paradigm, the words represent and show possible connections for exploration and research. The larger the word or group of words the more importance, notion or meaning within the hypothetical paradigm.

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