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dc.contributor.advisorWood, Kristin L.en
dc.creatorSkiles, Stewart Masonen
dc.description.abstractTransformational design is the creation of devices that change state in order to facilitate new or enhance existing functionality. While these states can exist in a wide range of domains, this thesis deals primarily with mechanical transformers. These products have several benefits as compared to single-state designs; in addition to increased functionality, more efficient storage capabilities and increased aesthetic appeal are possible. An inductive study was performed to develop a theory for the design of mechanical transforming devices. Patents were collected for reconfigurable products, and a set of principles and facilitators were extracted for their design. Three methodologies are presented for the work: a collection methodology used to locate patents, a patent dissection method used to determine the principles and facilitators, and an application tool used to generate transformer concepts that can be integrated into a generic design methodology. Finally, the design tool is used to apply the principles and facilitators to the development of two new transforming devices.en
dc.relation.ispartofUT Electronic Theses and Dissertationsen
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en
dc.subjectTransformational designen
dc.subjectMechanical transformersen
dc.subjectProduct designen
dc.titleDevelopment of principles and facilitators for transformational product designen
dc.description.departmentMechanical Engineeringen

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