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Design for end-of-life: a teaching method for the front-end of the design process

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The first phases of the engineering design process, such as the problem definition, the information gathering and the idea generation phase, are commonly considered as important steps in product development, since the cost of a product is assumed to be largely determined within these design steps. Besides limiting the product costs, designers are nowadays forced to reduce the environmental impact and to optimize possible economic gains over the total product lifecycle. Therefore, within this paper a design method is presented to assist designers to take into account different End-of-Life (EoL) treatment strategies in the early stages of the design process. During the proposed design method, designers are first introduced to the existing EoL treatment options and thereafter encouraged to apply different design strategies, such as design for (active) disassembly. Also, the results of adopting the proposed design method within the Erasmus European Intensive Program (IP2012) ‘Green products through a multicoloured approach’, a multidisciplinary two week workshop that was held at Howest (University College of West-Flanders) in Belgium, are presented in this paper.
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front-end innovation, design method, design for X, End of Life treatment

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Dewulf, Kristel, and Jef Peeters. “Design for End-of-Life: A Teaching Method for the Front-End of the Design Process.” Design Education for Future Wellbeing, 14th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education, Pro, 2012.
APA
Dewulf, K., & Peeters, J. (2012). Design for end-of-life: a teaching method for the front-end of the design process. In Design education for future wellbeing, 14th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education, Pro. Antwerp, Belgium.
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Dewulf, Kristel, and Jef Peeters. 2012. “Design for End-of-Life: A Teaching Method for the Front-End of the Design Process.” In Design Education for Future Wellbeing, 14th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education, Pro.
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Dewulf, Kristel, and Jef Peeters. 2012. “Design for End-of-Life: A Teaching Method for the Front-End of the Design Process.” In Design Education for Future Wellbeing, 14th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education, Pro.
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Dewulf K, Peeters J. Design for end-of-life: a teaching method for the front-end of the design process. In: Design education for future wellbeing, 14th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education, Pro. 2012.
IEEE
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K. Dewulf and J. Peeters, “Design for end-of-life: a teaching method for the front-end of the design process,” in Design education for future wellbeing, 14th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education, Pro, Antwerp, Belgium, 2012.
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  abstract     = {{The first phases of the engineering design process, such as the problem definition, the information gathering and the idea generation phase, are commonly considered as important steps in product development, since the cost of a product is assumed to be largely determined within these design steps. Besides limiting the product costs, designers are nowadays forced to reduce the environmental impact and to optimize possible economic gains over the total product lifecycle. Therefore, within this paper a design method is presented to assist designers to take into account different End-of-Life (EoL) treatment strategies in the early stages of the design process. During the proposed design method, designers are first introduced to the existing EoL treatment options and thereafter encouraged to apply different design strategies, such as design for (active) disassembly. Also, the results of adopting the proposed design method within the Erasmus European Intensive Program (IP2012) ‘Green products through a multicoloured approach’, a multidisciplinary two week workshop that was held at Howest (University College of West-Flanders) in Belgium, are presented in this paper.}},
  author       = {{Dewulf, Kristel and Peeters, Jef}},
  booktitle    = {{Design education for future wellbeing, 14th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education, Pro}},
  keywords     = {{front-end innovation,design method,design for X,End of Life treatment}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  location     = {{Antwerp, Belgium}},
  title        = {{Design for end-of-life: a teaching method for the front-end of the design process}},
  year         = {{2012}},
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