Implementing Virtual Prototyping for the Production of Customized Products: An SME Study

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Abstract

A virtual prototype which enables the configuration and validation of a customized product is a vital component when handling complexity in mass customization. Developing virtual prototypes for the configuration, validation and production of customized products is, however, often resource consuming and therefore challenging. It can be especially resource-consuming for SMEs as they are smaller than traditional companies that perform mass customization. This study focuses on SMEs and aims to identify and investigate the barriers to implementing virtual prototypes in the design process. It is assumed that a deeper understanding of these barriers will help companies overcome these challenges. On the basis of empirical data from 16 Danish SMEs, this study starts by identifying the barriers to implementing virtual prototypes in the design process. Next, some of these barriers are investigated in detail by means of a case study of a successful implementation of virtual prototypes at a Danish SME. As the case study focuses on a single, successful implementation and investigates only some of the identified barriers in detail, a broader perspective remains a topic for future work.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTowards Sustainable Customization: Bridging Smart Products and Manufacturing Systems : Proceedings of the 8th Changeable, Agile, Reconfigurable and Virtual Production Conference (CARV2021) and the 10th World Mass Customization & Personalization Conference (MCPC2021), Aalborg, Denmark, October/November 2021
EditorsAnn-Louise Andersen, Rasmus Andersen, Thomas Ditlev Brunoe, Maria Stoettrup Schioenning Larsen, Kjeld Nielsen, Alessia Napoleone, Stefan Kjeldgaard
Number of pages8
PublisherSpringer
Publication date2022
Pages762-769
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-90699-3
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-90700-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event8th Changeable, Agile, Reconfigurable
and Virtual Production Conference &10th World Mass Customization and Personalization Conference, 2021
- Aalborg Universitet, Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 1 Nov 20212 Nov 2021

Conference

Conference8th Changeable, Agile, Reconfigurable
and Virtual Production Conference &10th World Mass Customization and Personalization Conference, 2021
LocationAalborg Universitet
Country/TerritoryDenmark
CityAalborg
Period01/11/2102/11/21
OtherThe CARV2021 conference is co-located with the 10th World Conference Mass Customization, Personalization & Co-Creation (MCPC2021).
SeriesLecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering
ISSN2195-4356

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