In this project, a computer-aided concurrent product design evolution and evaluation approach has been developed. With this method, a product can be designed and evaluated in terms of assemblability, manufacturability, and estimated costs simultaneously through a blackboard architecture. The latest technology and knowledge in soft computing, computer graphics, and knowledge engineering have been investigated and employed to deal with the problems encountered. To validate the proposed approach, a concurrent design evaluation system (CONDENSE) was developed and implemented with a wood golf club head design case study. Basically, CONDENSE is a collaborative knowledge-based system with blackboard architecture that will help the product designers in evaluating possible design solutions and design alternatives during the conceptual design phase without sacrifice designers’ creativity. CONDENSE has been validated in three aspects: consistency and completeness of the rule bases, advantages of the blackboard architecture, and performance in assisting the design of a wood golf club head. The results are promising and indicate the potential of the system. The figures below show a framework of CONDENSE (left) and a case study (right).
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