Open design platforms for open source product development: current state and requirements

Jérémy Bonvoisin, Jean-François Boujut

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The spread of ICT and cheap low-size production tools like 3D-printers led to the development of open design, i.e. community-based and open source development of physical products. This innovative organization of product development offers a great opportunity for continuous improvement of products as well as formidable a potential for product innovation and incubation of new businesses. However, because of a limited availability of supporting methods and tools, open design projects are still unable to compete with today’s standards of industrial product design. The present article aims at providing a state of the art of existing online tools for open source product development and discusses their limitation regarding the challenges raised by what is identified as an emerging design paradigm. This is performed through the definition of an analysis grid through which existing tools have been scanned as well as a case study. It claims for further empirical research in order to describe the phenomenon from a design science perspective, to define appropriate categories and develop new specific online product data management tools.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th international conference on engineering design (ICED 15), 8—Innovation and Creativity, 11--22. Milan, Italy
PublisherDesign Society
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventInternational Conference on Engineering Design 2015 (ICED 2015) - Milan, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Jul 201530 Jul 2015


ConferenceInternational Conference on Engineering Design 2015 (ICED 2015)
Country/TerritoryUK United Kingdom


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