Challenges of Integrating Industrial Product Design CAD Packages in Commercial New Product Development in SME Settings

Gayathrimanoj Kopattil, Jonathan Binder, Ertu Unver, Omar Huerta, Aishwarya Bandla

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This study helps industrial designers in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) overcome challenges when using commercial computer-aided design (CAD) packages for new product development. While CAD tools are crucial
for design finalization, they have limitations in assisting with the conceptualization stage, making it difficult for designers to transition between different stages of the design process. This research, funded by Innovate UK and a medical SME in the UK, focuses on the design and development of a cryo-compression delivering system to manage a chemotherapy side effect called Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN). The case study examines the challenges of using 3D CAD tools for the leg wearable design as part of the CIPN system. Overall, this study provides solutions to overcome CAD limitations and supports innovative medical device development in an SME environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)759-768
Number of pages10
JournalCAD Computer Aided Design
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2024

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