Simulation and Models in Product Development

Models are not new, and neither models in the employ of product development. Product development has always had some basis in discovery and always will. If everything had such a high degree of certainty, likely the product or endeavor has already been done. Developing new things ceaselessly brings questions. To be effective, we want to answer these questions as quickly and as certainly as possible. Continue reading

Simulation and Prototypes

by Jon M Quigley

Simulation activities can help evoke the requirements for a product without actually having to build the product first to learn something. Simulation need not be highly technical, though it can be. I have seen simulation of screens for an instrument cluster human machine interface (HMI) that made use of excel links to illustrate the appearance and show how the navigation worked. This was a cheap and quick way of learning how the product should work. There are more complicated ways, however, that typically employ sophisticated software and hardware. We can develop complex systems of components to simulate our product. We can use these tools to develop our requirements by testing our concepts before we build the prototype parts. We can refine our algorithms by exercising the subassembly within the context of a simulated system. We will need to confirm our models for the simulation, in fact represent the real world stimuli expected. To do that we … Continue reading

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